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I understand that the American pro-life movement is quite complex. I have met "pro-lifers" in the US in the 90s, and they were very charming and peaceful people.

I have also met quite pleasant anti-choice people. Europeans, not Americans, but I doubt that there is any ethnic difference in the capacity to be a nice person...

But that's beside the point. There are also nice orthodox Israelis. I'm sure you can even find a more or less civilised "settler" if you look hard enough. That does not detract from the fact that Israel has a fascist problem, and that their fascist problem is centred around their orthodox communities, in particular the "settler" communities.

I hadn't heard of "Christian Reconstructionism". Now, where's that even "Christian"

Who are you to say that they're not? They self-identify as Christian. They believe in the divinity of Jesus. Last time I checked, those are the two most common definitions of Christianity.

But then, there's this other question, should all Christians take the blame when there are some who cause trouble?

I am not quite sure where you got the idea that anybody is saying that.

What several of us are saying is that the US has a fascist problem. And that it's specifically centred around the fundagelical communities. Saying that their fascists are not "true Scotsmen Christians" is unhelpful.

And also this: Do you believe the violence of one or that of a group justifies an equally violent or even more violent response?

Not necessarily. But that's an academic point, because nobody is perpetrating violence on the American fascist movement to any significant extent.

Jerome's quote suggests it does... when the Christian religion as a whole is held accountable.

Only if you believe that terrorism justifies suspending common civility. Few people around these parts do.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 01:55:55 PM EST
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