Christian churches and John Kerry still misunderstand Islam

Montel Williams on Fox News

CHARLOTTE, NC, September 11, 2014 — September 11 may just be the ideal day to comment about the stupidity of Secretary of State John Kerry and the worldview of numerous Christian groups throughout the U.S. Add in talk show host Montel Williams and you have an odd collection of apologists for Islam.

While hopping around the world the other day, Kerry made a speech in which he said, “For still others it will mean…the distortion of one of the world’s great peaceful religions and counteracting the propaganda ISIL uses to recruit new supporters.”

No, Mr. Kerry the Islamic State is not a “distortion of one of the world’s great peaceful religions.”

In fact, the Islamic State represents the only “hate based” religion in the world.

From precisely where do such impressions arise? John Kerry travels to more countries in a week than most people even realize exist. How can a man so globally connected be so ignorant of what is happening in the world?

Popular television talk show host, Montel Williams, who is currently leading an effort to obtain the release of United States Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a prison in Mexico, has similar ideas for dealing with ISIS as do many Christian church organizations in the U.S.

The problem is that most of the policies the churches and Williams are proposing have already been tried without success, even though they are presented as innovative new ideas.

When boiled down to the reality of the situation, everything stems from the same old ignorance the West has been using to formulate its strategies decades.

Among the worst offenders for partnering with Islamists are the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Sadly the partnerships result not from their genuine Christian values so much as from their naïve concepts about the true goals of Islam.

The Presbyterian Church has gone so far as to work hand in hand with Islamists to establish Muslim/Christian relations including the publication of a book by Imam Zaid Shakir, a radical Islamic cleric who founded Zaytuna College.

Zaytuna is a non-profit educations institution in Berkeley, California that was founded in 2008 as America’s first Muslim liberal arts college.

A group of 53 Christian leaders has published a letter written to the Obama Administration urging that military force not be used against ISIS. The letter, published by the Catholic Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, states their goal as “Identifying and eliminating the root causes of violence and conflict with a focus on…U.S. aggression and national security policy. The nexus of violence and poverty is clear.”

As Ryan Mauro of “The Clarion Project” points out, “The worldview of this Christian group is that Islamic extremism is a response to American imperialism. In other words, it’s America’s fault and the Islamist terrorists are victims, even if their methods are deplorable.”

Memo to the 53 leaders of this Christian organization, what role was the United States playing in Medina, Arabia in the 7th century when Islam was created?

Islam’s practices and methods preceded America as we know it by hundreds of years. Finding a connection between U.S. foreign policy and Islamic extremism is completely false and irrelevant.

Quoting Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Mauro writes, “that the proponents of this trend ‘often demand maximalist, unattainable standards (for military action) that default towards a functional pacifism.’”

Tooley then makes the comparison of the Christian group’s letter to “telling a woman being chased down the street by a rapist that instead of seeking an armed police officer she should urge her aspiring assailant to get counseling for his anger issues.”

The churches argue that military action only provokes a vicious cycle of hatred that makes Islamic “victims” hate all the more. The difficulty with that statement is that there is no limitation on Islamic hatred. Making nice with Muslim extremists will produce no change whatsoever.

Though the Christian activists have their hearts in the right place based upon Christian beliefs, they are completely ignoring the beliefs of the Islamists. In so doing, the Christians are endorsing further aggression by jihadists because they misunderstand the tenets of Islam and its goals.

So, also, do Montel Williams, and, even worse, Secretary of State Kerry and President Barack Obama.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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  • karenc

    Let’s see, who do I trust knows more about religion, 53 religious leaders representing most of the major religious organizations in the US and our Secretary of State OR a man who writes travel articles and before that covered sports? This one isn’t even close. You don’t need a degree in world religions to answer this. What I do know is that as I have a very good reason to not even look at the Magellan Club as I consider vacations!

  • HA

    Dear Bob,

    Get real. ….Before your article I could not even believe such closed minded
    people still exist in USA…