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“Christians” harass worshipping Connecticut Muslims

August 13, 2010
Photo by Flickr user marklyon, used through CC license Attribution 2.0 Generic

Flip Benham at another protest in 2006

Well, isn’t this special. Some protestors drove all the way from Dallas, Texas to Bridgeport, Connecticut, explicitly so they could harass Muslims going into a worship service.

How dedicated. How devout. But you wonder which god they serve, doing this.

Have a look at this article: Angry protestors descend on mosque.

“Jesus hates Muslims,” they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy week of Ramadan. One protester shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque. “Murderers,” he shouted.

Photo by Flickr user Shazron, used under CC Licence Generic 2.0 Attribution

Muslim children. Murderers, apparently.

And isn’t that special. Yelling “murderers” AT CHILDREN.

Somehow I suspect Jesus wouldn’t do any of this, no matter how cavalierly they name-drop. But you know perfectly well that these “Christians” would happily crucify Jesus himself (after, you know, picketing his house and threatening his mother) because he liked to hang out with publicans and sinners. These people would equate the worshipping Muslims with that group of people. But look at this:

And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. (Luke 5:29-31)

Even if Jesus felt that the publicans and sinners “needed a physician,” how did he deal with them? Did he travel hundreds of miles to yell at them, threaten their children, and plan a campaign to travel to their other establishments to harass and threaten those fellow-citizens too? NO.

But that’s what Flip Benham, the protest organizer plans:

“This is a war in America and we are taking it to the mosques around the country,” he said.

So you know darn well that Flip would indeed flip Jesus off — and worse — if Jesus dared to contradict his venomous and grandiose plans. Where’s a wooden cross when you most need one??

And go back to the article and have a look at the picture of Flip Benham at the top, leading the protestors in prayer. In public. In the middle of the street. Kind of reminds you of another thing Jesus said:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (Matthew 6:5)

Looks like Flip Benham is in waaaay more trouble than any of those Muslims he hates with such fervent, obsessive hate. Because that god he serves? Whoever it is, it ain’t Jesus.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mark1147 permalink
    August 14, 2010 1:10 pm

    that god he serves? Whoever it is, it ain’t Jesus.

    Spot. On.

    This reminds me of a couple of M.K. Gandhi’s famous aphorisms (or at least my 2 favorites, paraphrased):

    When asked what he thought of Western civilization, G. replied he thought it would be a good idea!

    And re: Christianity, G. is reputed to have said, “I like your Christ. But I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ.”

    • August 14, 2010 2:05 pm

      How interesting, Mark — you’re the second person in two days that I’ve heard or seen quoting Gandhi, about Christians being so unlike Christ. I keep thinking about that Bible verse, which I’m really paraphrasing here, where it’s probably Paul who says that because of certain followers of Christ, his name has been besmirched through the world. I really must find that verse so I can use it on this blog now and then.

      I think of it because I have so many friends who wouldn’t dream of being Christians, or even looking into the possibility, because of the venom and nastiness perpetrated by these fundamentalists, especially in politics.

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