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Monday, August 20, 2007

God's Warriors?

Christiane Amanpour, that pinnacle of tolerance and objectivity, is going to spend three nights this week looking at what she calls God's Warriors. No, not the jihadists who are killing thousands of innocents every year -- although they are in the six-hour special -- but also "God's Jewish warriors" and "God's Christian warriors."

She uses those phrases throughout the preview clips, and it's disgusting. There's hardly a Christian alive who would call an abortion clinic bomber "God's warrior," nor do Jews use "Jewish warrior" to describe the few in Israeli society who resort to a little terrorism in the face of an overwhelming terrorist threat.

In Islam, "God's warrior" has an entirely different meaning; an acceptance that their god does in fact require bloody war of them, and a use of exactly that phrase as a praise to particularly devout and committed Muslims, who are willing to kill themselves to take out a few innocent others.

This is, in short, a festival of secular relativism, and an anti-Jewish and anti-Christian show, since any attempt to equate these two religions with the abominations carried out in the name of Islam is blasphemous and unsupportable.

To find warriors in Christiandom, Amanpour showed a complete lack of originality and turned to Jerry Falwell, interviewing him during his last week of life. She is, of course, equating the fight against abortion to a Holy War, which of course it is, but much different from the war Islam is raging.

She is able to assemble a few deaths from the most radical years of the anti-abortion fight, now decades in the past, and waves them around as if there is some sort of equality of scale between the killing of a few abortion doctors and abortion clinic personnel -- the front of a force that is killing millions of innocent babies -- and Islamists who are not targeting the killers, but the innocents, creating a bloodbath that in many years surpasses even that of the abortionists.

On the Jewish side, she profiles the founder of the Jewish Underground, a small and largely unsuccessful Jewish radical group. The group injured three Palestinian mayors and had big plans, and were motivated by the Torah's teachings on God's gift of Israel to the Jews. So yes, like an abortion clinic bomber, they were warriors on behalf of their religion -- but as the only example given, there terror is a mere shadow of a wisp, compared to al-Qaeda.

The preview on the Islamic side focuses on the murder in the Netherlands of Theo van Gogh by a radical, home-grown Islamist. Rather than go to the mosques to find out how van Gogh's murderer was influenced by the teachings of Islam to shoot a man off his bicycle and nearly decapitate him in a throat-slitting, Amanpour goes instead to the Netherlands Parliament to bait a white parliamentarian who has proposed laws to limit immigration and ban burkhas and certain Islamic practices.

I suppose CNN has found that it can cobble together an audience large enough to attract a few indiscriminate advertisers by combining those who hate religion with those who hate what CNN says about religion.

But like I said yesterday, just because we have the ability to poke someone's eye out doesn't mean we should do it.

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