March 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
I’m on this listserv, I’ve been on it for over a decade, and I’m really just too lazy to unsubscribe. Occasionally, my laziness is rewarded with insightful commentary on Canada and the world. More often than not, I’m exposed to anti-Semitism from one member and anti-Islamic propaganda from another. Most recently, Mr. Islamaphobe (who is also of the opinion that feminism has destroyed our culture, and if it wasn’t feminism or Islam, it was the left, and if not them, then it was the environmentalists) has declared that Islam is a religion bent on world domination, supporting Geert Weders’ idea that, although there are moderate Muslims, there is no moderate Islam. I find this kind of commentary not just offensive, but stupid.
Both Christianity and Judaism are evangelical religions, they both seek new adherents wherever they are taken. If Islam is, as Mr. Islamophobe argues, hell bent on world domination, Christianity is even more so. The various Christian churches have spent much of the past two millenia seeking new converts, first as it expanded out of the Holy Lands into the European portion of the Roman Empire, then throughout Europe and North Africa, into Asia, across the Atlantic to the Americas, into sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania. Islam has also similarly expanded out of the Holy Lands to become a global force.
Of course, the difference for Mr. Islamophobe is that Christianity is his culture/religion. Thus, for him, Christianity and the culture it has created stand for all that is good and great and beautiful in the world, whereas Islam stands for all that is evil and rotten in the world.