Monday, June 13, 2005
Rapture Monday: Evangelicals and Islam
The Rapture Index
hasn't been updated since last week, so it remains at 144: Heavy Prophetic Activity
. There's time to watch the Carl's Jr. ad a couple more times and still cleanse your soul for the rapture.
Anyway, here's what the Religiously Correct have been fussing about for the last week:
- Evangelicals are raising funds to convert Muslims using a book printed on the Koran: "What I've done is put the pages on top of that; and to a Muslim, anything that's written on the Koran, they cannot throw away," the former Muslim says. "They may not ever read it -- I don't know; but maybe somebody will. We've had quite a few read it, and we've had quite a few salvations."
- Between salvations, the Religiously Correct are busy emulating Muslims. In particular, "Christians who mean to take [Muslims] on at an ideological and spiritual level must think at least as highly of the Bible as the Muslims do of the Koran....It would be understandable for the Evangelical to attribute the difference to the fact that the Bible has a civilizing effect and the Koran -- believed in or destroyed -- agitates the soul.
Is that the case? Or is it that Christians have long ago ceased to be a people of the Book and, frankly, it is not sacred enough in our daily lives to make it much of a consideration when it is shredded? The people of the Koran -- seems they mean business." I don't believe that the Newsweek story about desecrating the Koran is responsible for inspiring deadly riots, but if I did, I certainly wouldn't want to encourage anyone to emulate the riotous destruction.
- A Virginia high school teacher has stopped giving extra credit to students willing to read his homemade creationist text book. It only took 15 years. "It's not like I tried to make it a secret," the teacher said. "If administrators knew, fine. If they didn't, I didn't make an issue of it." I thought doing something without telling anyone was the definition of a secret?
- The battle over intelligent design flared up in Dover, Pennsylvania. An expert witness opposed to ID says, "I think there is a God, and he is the creator of the universe. But the God of the intelligent-design movement is way too small. ... Their God is like a kid who is not a very good mechanic and has to keep lifting the hood and tinkering with the engine." I get what he's saying, but I kinda think the best argument against ID isn't "my God can beat up your God". Just for fun, Pharnygula dissects a creationist comic book.
- More and more Americans are rejecting all of the mainstream media to get their news from Christian sources. Christian news is "more pleasant" according to one woman. To Buzz Kolbe, it's about trust. "I'm not saying I don't trust CNN," Kolbe said. "But I have a tendency to trust Christians." CNN: anti-Christian or the anti-Christ? Does the distinction even matter anymore?
- Gay couples have children more to legitimize their adult relationships than to nurture the children. It's scientific fact -- to people who utterly reject science.
- Hollywood producers just don't care enough about making money anymore. Plus, those darn gays are ruining great programs by reading too much into Batman's relationship with Robin