Tuesday, February 10, 2015

a pop quiz

Ever since the National Prayer Breakfast, Facebook and editorials in the newspaper have been popping with articles, memes, and comments (both pro and con) about the President's remarks that Christians should not get on a moral high horse when it comes to Islamic violence. He then proceeded to list some examples of Christian violence, such as the Crusades, the Jim Crow laws, and slavery.

So, here's a religious quiz for you:

1. Women are beaten and raped because they have a different faith. Where and by whom did this happen?

A. in countries with a high Muslim population to any infidel
B. in Tibet to non-Buddhists before the communist take-over
C. in Italy to the Waldensian women who were Protestants and not Catholics
D. all of the above

2. People are burned alive at stake for being heretics. Where and by whom did this happen?

A. In Europe to the Arminians by the followers of John Calvin
B. In Salem, Massachusetts, America to anyone accused of being "a witch" by young girls
C. In Syria by ISIS to a fellow Muslim
D. all of the above

3. People are legally banned from owning/renting a home or sending their children to school if they adhered to a different religion.Where did this happen?

A. In some towns in England - mainly affected Arminians
B. In Germany - mainly affected Jews
C. In Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan - affects anyone of a non-Muslim religion
D. all of the above

4. In America's earliest days, there were often beatings, sometimes to the death,  between people of what viewpoints:

A. Calvinists and Arminians
B. Christian slave-owners and Christian abolitionists
C. Protestants and Catholics
D. all of the above

5. What religions/ways of thought have coerced parents to send their children to a school that teaches their religion/viewpoint?

A. Catholic and Protestant missionaries to American Indians
B. Communism
C. Islam
D. all of the above


The answer to all of these questions is D.

I don't agree with the time and place of the President's remarks. But I do agree with his assessment that we can't view all Muslims as hate-filled killers any more than we can view all Christians as hate-filled, screaming Westview Baptists. We need to know our own history. We need to understand how dangerous it can be when someone tries to coerce others to their own viewpoint, especially when it is done in the name of religion.

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