You Might be a Religious Extremist if…

By Cole

Boob-tube buffoon Bill O’Reilly got his tail in a fluff when the New York Times labeled Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik a “Christian” extremist. O’Reilly absurdly accuses the media of routinely lumping fundamentalist Christians in with Muslim jihadists to make them look bad — like they need any help.

It doesn’t matter what stripe you are. Extreme is extreme. Here’s a little test:

You might be a religious extremist if…

  • Your belief system comes from a book written eons ago, whose purpose and authorship cannot be verified, and whose wording can be twisted to mean whatever you want it to mean.
  • You think everyone who doesn’t share your belief system should be 1) Oppressed, 2) Denied basic civil liberties, 3) Killed, or 4) All of the above.
  • You are proud you belong to a group that needs some earthly cheerleader telling you how to think and act. You may even be willing to donate large amounts of time and money — or even your life — to this group.

Glenn Beck had the gall to imply that the kids who were mowed down in Norway were like Hitler youth, as if they had it coming.

If he had any idea how totally offensive that must be to Norwegians who know or remember how Hitler treated Norway during WWII, he’d keep his ignorant cake-hole shut.

Fundamentalist Christians have been responsible for enough bloody chapters in history and violent right-wing nut groups (KKK, anyone?) to stand toe-to-toe with anything Muslims have ever done.

You don’t see liberals and atheists screaming for more guns so they have the option of shooting abortion doctors, gays, or political opponents. No, they’re free-thinkers who don’t need the whole world to share their beliefs, and they’re harder to herd and brainwash than cats.

So, O’Reilly and Beck, if you don’t like having the gun-toting bigots you call fans lumped in with a gun-toting bigot who decided everyone in Europe who isn’t like him needs to die, too bad.

If the shoe fits…

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10 Responses to You Might be a Religious Extremist if…

  1. Zappa's mom says:

    “onward Christian Soldier,marching as to waaarrrr…” is what they sing in church…holy shit…..

    ZM

  2. Imabear says:

    Those 3 points are excellent! I hope you don’t mind if I borrow them from time to time? Just a succinct, accurate analysis. And more proof that O’Reilly and Beck are morons. Thankfully, they are unable to have kids together…

  3. catsworking says:

    ZM, excellent point! And let us not forget the Inquisition.

    Imabear, I tried to sum up in a universal way that applies to any religious wacko, and it wasn’t too hard. Although they try to make everyone think they are light-years apart in ideology, all religious fanatics have the same roots. Feel free to repeat them, but please mention Cats Working when you do.

    The very thought of a “Becky O’Reilly” makes my whiskers cringe.

  4. adele says:

    Good work, Cole. I was stunned when I heard that Glen Beck compared the kids at the camp in Norway to Hitler Youth. And Imabear is right about being thankful that O’Reilly and Beck can’t have kids together. Too bad that they can reproduce at all, but calling for spaying and neutering of right wing nuts would sound too much like the right wing nuts, themselves, so I’ll restrain myself.

  5. Anne says:

    You always seem to hit the nail square on the head..We live in a VERY small town the has seven churches, ( seven – count ’em SEVEN!) and never have I heard anyone speak with as much truth as you do.
    Nary as synagogue, a black curch or- heaven forbid- a mosque within a 100 mile radius. Talk about narrow minded folks. Please keep up the good work!

  6. catsworking says:

    Anne, I’ll see you and raise you on that. Our house is 1 1/2 miles from a main road. In that small stretch are THREE churches. Methodist, Korean (I think), and something else. That one is right near the entrance to our subdivision, and in 24 years Karen has never taken note of what denomination it is, but it doesn’t look mainstream. I’d say within a five-mile radius, there are 8-10 churches, including Jehovah’s Witnesses who show up at the door occasionally. No synagogues.

    In downtown Richmond, there’s a huge old ornate theater with terrible acoustics they use for live performances. They used to call it The Mosque. It’s got minarets all over the roof. Some years ago, they renamed it the Landmark Theater.

    Gee, I wonder why?

    In spite of all this rampant Christianity, we’re right in the heart of Eric (Jewish) Cantor country. You can’t swing a dead cat (pardon the expression) without hitting some hard-of-hearing, church-going yahoo who thinks Cantor is all about the helping little guy.

  7. Mauigirl says:

    Very well said. It amazes me how they don’t even see the double standard they are touting when they get bent out of shape about calling this guy a Christian, but it’s fine if they lump all Muslims together as jihadists!

  8. catsworking says:

    Maui, the lack of coherence and logic in most “Christian” neocon thinking is breathtaking. One of our favorites is the anti-abortion stance. Fetuses are sacred, but once they’re born, it’s perfectly OK to abuse, neglect, and even kill them and you’ll get off with a figurative slap on the wrist. And if the kids manage to make it to adulthood and become criminals, if you can catch ’em, FRY ‘EM!

  9. Noel McWormald says:

    If you go to the Wall Street Journal website, you get the following introduction to Jon Stewart’s SCATHING response to Fox News’ RIGHTeous moral indignation that the liberal media have linked the Norway terrorist to Christianity… “Was Christianity linked to the bombing and shooting attack in Norway? Jon Stewart took on the question on “The Daily Show.” Many observers argue that linking the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, to a religious motivation is biased and unfair. You can hear Stewart’s take in the clip.” –(Wall St. Journal online, 7/28/11) They DO at least link this intro to Stewart’s clip, but note the phrase, “many observers argue that linking the suspect, etc.” What they DON’T mention is that the “many” observers are all Fox commentators (and probably, by extension, their brainwashed viewers.) You’ve gotta love those Murdoch organizations for sticking together and casting doubt on what is one of Stewart’s most brilliant segments ever. Stewart succinctly (10 min. total) uncovers the hypocrisy inherent in Papa Bear O’Reilly and Co.’s reporting of major world events. The link below gives you both halves of Stewart’s coverage of Fox’s Christian Hypocrisy. If you missed it, it’s definitely worth a viewing. Sometimes Jon Stewart’s just a comedian; sometimes he’s a genius.

    http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/07/28/video-the-daily-show-catches-foxs-religious-conversion-over-terrorism/#disqus_thread

  10. catsworking says:

    Noel, we saw this show and Jon Stewart was spot-on about the hypocrisy. And the notion that Fox and neocons are somehow “victims” of big bad liberals makes us want to hurl hairballs.

    Thanks for providing the link. We hope everybody checks it out.

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