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I Respond to Avi Green About Islam and Extremism

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So Avi Green at Astute Bloggers in his post about the latest issue of Marvel’s X-Factor had this to say about me directly:

Brett Schenker, the blogmaster of Graphic Policy, is another disgrace and shame of an apologist for this propaganda that trivializes the seriousness of the subject. I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan? Update 2: speaking of which, Israel Matzav has word of another case in Libya similar to that of Logan’s (via The Jawa Report).

First Avi, thanks for the link, appreciate the traffic.  And now my response.  I absolutely don’t trivialize the seriousness of the subject.  The threat from extremists is real and I take it very seriously.  But those extremists come from all kinds of religions and backgrounds, they aren’t limited to one.  What I don’t take serious is close minded hate mongers who would rather focus their rage against an entire religion, instead of the extremists amongst them.  How about taking that rage and focus it on politicians who fought against giving the brave men and women, those first responders, the medical care they deserve?  I see 0 posts on that subject when searching your site.

But again lets take his other points, dissect them, and point out Green’s blind hypocrisy.

I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan?

Marrying underage women is absolutely wrong and so is assault of any type.  That’s why I’ve also condemned Catholicism for it’s rape and molestation of young boys and girls, and it’s subsequent cover up.  Also, we can pretty much set aside all of Christianity if we’re looking at assaults.  The rise of Evangelical Christianity in Africa has caused an increase in attacks on homosexuals including arrests, torture and murder.  Websites with supposed homosexuals allows extremists to easily track them down and dispense “justice.”

I don’t condemn an entire religion due to the actions of a few, as shown above, we’d have to write off a lot more than just Islam.  This great site has a list of the various atrocities Christian extremists committed over the years:

As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.

Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.

Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues.
According to Christian chroniclers he “followed meticulously all Christian teachings…”

In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.

Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded.

After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was founded 1232 to search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last Cathars burned at the stake 1324.

Estimated one million victims (Cathar heresy alone),

Other heresies: Waldensians, Paulikians, Runcarians, Josephites, and many others. Most of these sects exterminated, (I believe some Waldensians live today, yet they had to endure 600 years of persecution) I estimate at least hundred thousand victims (including the Spanish inquisition but excluding victims in the New World).

Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, a former Dominican friar, allegedly was responsible for 10,220 burnings.

The “island’s population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus’s arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out.” Eventually all the island’s natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were “forced” to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus “the Caribbean’s millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century”. “In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated.”

A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.

In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.

Not to mention hate crimes, rapes and murders today that are committed by followers of “Christianity.”  Every religion, country, peoples have committed atrocities, many continue to do so.  If Green doesn’t want to be a hypocrite, how about he joins my call and condemn it all?
Update: As pointed out by a few that this post might come off as anti-Christian, in reality that was the easiest of information I could dig up online and think.  Here’s 8 more crimes committed in the name of religion.  People of all religions have done horrible things, and you can’t condemn an entire belief system due to the actions of a few.