4 thoughts on “Evangelicals Turn Fear of Islamofascism into ‘Family Value’ and Campaign Issue – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. “How are you gonna get evangelicals to come to the ballot box by painting Muslims as the boogeyman?”

    Easy. They see the Muslims as rivals who _almost_ believe the same things. Pentecostalism used to appeal to the down and out in America, but now they’ve become slaves of greed, and the religion of protest is Islam.

    Zhu Bajie

  2. i have to agree with the previous 2 comments: you are underestimating the evangelical right if you think this rant against ‘islamofascism’ will fall on deaf ears. Looked up an interesting retrospective of sermons evalngical preachers were giving before the invasion of Iraq (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/20/opinion/20marsh.html) and already then the godly us versus them was a theme. Given that Bush and his war policies still enjoy majority support among evangelical Christians (and republicans in general I believe) it is no far leap to think that evangelicals see the so-called ‘war on terrorism’ in terms of their God versus the God of the Muslims. Rediculous as it may seem to thinking people, these folks believe as does Bush (and why not, Bush is one of them) that Western Civilization (i.e. Christian civilization) faces an existential threat from Islam. To them it is a battle of Good vs Evil, a divine struggle for the soul of man. And to judge just how much this issue still resonates, and the extent to which the Democrats are afraid of confronting this rediculous fallicy, recall the vote to support Bush’s recent wiretap laws or the lack of interest in repealing the Military Commissions Act. When it comes to anything linked to ‘national security’ the Dems even are still scared of looking weak, and there is only one large electoral group they are afraid fo looking weak to: the evangelicals.

  3. One major reason Evangelicals are so anti-Muslim is that they have so much in common. They argue about the same things. If I wanted to be contrarian, I’d say that Islam is the oldest form of Protestantism! Evangelicals are not cr#pping their drawers about Buddhism or Hinduism, although they are far more different.

    Of course, since I suspect the insane muslim-haters DO want to slaughter me and my friends in China, maybe Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, etc., are just farther down the list!

    Zhu Bajie, alive in the bitter sea

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