John Shore, a “Progressive Christian” on Patheos with his own blog called non-other than “JOHN SHORE” and quoted advertising saying, ““John Shore is America’s preeminent non-douchey Christian. His blog is a must-read for anyone, Christian or otherwise.” ”
Being pre-eminent, great writer, he is also runs another Progressive Christian blog called, “Unfundamentalist Christians: Above All, Love“. I recently challenged his post on Islam and promptly got called a bigot and banned on his site. That is two bannings in 2 weeks — an all-time new for me.
Before they delete my comments on that post, let me show you just what horrible material got me censored — and then you judge:
Glaringly missing in this outline is Violence and Islam.
He only touches on it in his “Plurality of Faiths” quote.
Yet the Qur’an is polluted with violence against non-believers.
See a whole list here.
Human rights violations abound in Muslim countries. It is no surprise if you read the book they put top value on.
To which Dan Wilkenson, another Progressive Christian and moderator on the site, responded:
The Bible is also “polluted” with violence against non-believers, and Christians certainly have a shameful history of human rights violations.
And so I responded:
Oh, very true — mostly the Jewish Bible. And Christians who still value that book literally are a danger. Just as Muslims who value their own book literally are dangerous:
According to a recent Pew Poll, the percentages of Muslims who agree that apostates (those who decide to leave Islam) should be killed are as follows (to name a few, see the poll for more):
86% in Egypt
82% in Palestinian territories
46% in Lebanon
And Muslims who approve stoning as a punishment for adultery:
89% in Pakistan
85% in Afghanistan
84% in Palestinian Territory.
Does that sound like a peaceful religion? The believe it because they literally believe a ridiculous book!
To which John Shore vehemently jumped in:
Sabio: I’ve been searching and searching that study to find the statistics you’re using, and I simply don’t find them there. Where are they?
Ah. I found the one on stoning as punishment for adultery. You forgot to mention the “Among Muslims who believe that sharia should be the law of the land …” part.
If you’re going to present statistics, present them within their context. If you don’t, you can’t help but seem like a person much more interested in what you want to be true than you are in what’s actually true. Your manipulating these statistics as you have destroys the credibility of your opinions on Muslims.
[John changed his comment several times because Disqus allows people to edit their comments. But in previous editions he said that I conveniently did not mention that these stats were for those who wanted Sharia as the law of the land. He said I was showing myself as a bigot and should leave if I don’t stop.]
To counter John Shore accusing me of being a bigot, I made this comment which was deleted:
Concerning those who favor making Sharia the Law of the Land:
Palestinian Terr 89%
So you can see that the vast majority of Muslims in these countries would like to see adulterers stoned and people who leave the faith executed. If the statistics bother you, it is no reason to call me a bigot.
John deleted that comment AND then banned me from commenting on that site any more. Here is how he phrased it so he could have the last sweet word with his readers in the best holy light:
[Sabio: I deleted your follow-up email about the regional popularity of sharia because it invites a conversation based on the Pew statistics too complex to go into here: I simply don’t have time right now, and didn’t want to leave your comment standing alone. And I thought your response to my calling your opinions bigoted fair enough, so I removed that from my statement above.]
It has been my experience on blogs and in real life that “progressives” — political or religious — are the quickest to ban the opinions of those they do not like. With all their nice talk of “LOVE” and “DIVERSITY”, they can be surprisingly intolerant!
Question for Readers: What do you think?