Meet Matthew Dowd, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-ABC News chief political analyst, and a practicing Catholic, leveled a nasty charge at Christians a couple of days ago.
On Twitter Dowd wrote: “A fundamentalist radical Christian is just as misguided and frightening as a fundamentalist radical Muslim. No difference.”
And yes he is still a Republican, at least as far as we know, and once worked for the RNC, the Bush-Cheney campaign, and in the Bush White House, which only demonstrates what we have believed all along: Republicans do not always equate with being Christian-Conservative.
In his slap at “fundamentalist radical Christians,” Dowd, since he does not define the term for us, was obviously referring to those of us in the “Evangelical” sect of Christianity, who Catholics sometimes call “Holy Rollers,” which generally means anyone who is a Protestant or not a Catholic.
Yet Dowd would do well to follow one of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, you know the man considered a “radical” in his day. In His great “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus asked rhetorically, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
You see, Dowd has been twice divorced with children from both marriages, which I thought was a big no-no in Catholic World. He is also currently dating Maria Shriver, the ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and word is the relationship began a little quicker than the divorce proceedings took to complete (fours years by one rumor), another fact I’m not sure the Holy Church would approve of.
But looking at his comparison on Twitter, it should anger every true follower of Jesus Christ. How could someone who professes to believe in the same Lord we do, compare us to practitioners of radical Islam? The comparison is as stupid as it is untrue.
Do “fundamentalist radical Christians” throw gays off buildings? Do “fundamentalist radical Christians” blow themselves up in public places killing scores of innocent people? Do “fundamentalist radical Christians” chop off the heads of unbelievers? Or burn them alive? Or drown them? Are “fundamentalist radical Christians” attempting to wipe out all Muslims in any given part of the world, as ISIS is attempting to do to Christians in Iraq and Syria?
As one angry Christian responded to Dowd on Twitter, a “fundamentalist radical Christian” would “look like Christ. Not like ISIS.” Well put. For Christ taught us to walk in love, not in brutality and warfare.
When pressed on these issues, Dowd’s answers were puzzling, to say the least. On the subject of homosexuality, Dowd was asked how many Christians favored executing them. He answered, “Nearly 100% of them think homosexuals are evil and need to be isolated from their children.”
Aside from the fact that such a stat is most likely untrue, that would still be a far cry from throwing them off rooftops!
According to the Independent Journal Review:
OutRight Action International, a group that advocates LGBT rights, tracked more than two dozen executions of men and women charged with crimes pertaining to sexual identity between December 2014 and June 2016.
In a single day in September 2015, the Islamic State executed 10 people in Syria — nine men and one 15-year-old boy — for being gay, according to Vice News. And in December of that year, two men were shoved off the roof of a Syrian hotel after being convicted of homosexuality, The Associated Press reported.
After some serious heat came down on him, Dowd had the audacity to say that “social media hate is so deep these days.”
Matthew Dowd, and those like him, who live a hypocritical lifestyle yet obviously believe, like the Pharisees, that they, as Catholics, are practitioners of the “true faith,” but might do well to consider another teaching of Jesus during the same famous sermon:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”