See, it's not about evil white Christians. But we'll try anyway:
As I read the Dec. 10 commentary by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "Brute force," in which she asks "where are the moderate [Muslim] voices," I thought to myself that there are many parallels to this in Christian history.
Because there's no letter to the Strib in there without a, you know, non sequitur.
Two examples are the Spanish Inquisition and the Salem witch trials.
Wow! You only had to go back to the 17th century! I might have included the Visigoths' sacking of Rome, but, of course, they were pagans.
There were moderates during those times, but they feared for their lives if they spoke out because it was the fundamentalists who held the political power. The only thing that could defeat the extremists was for moderates to regain power -- but at great risk.
There is little difference today in the United States.
Well, except for the fact that you'll go to jail for life if you burn a witch, and agents of the Church no longer arrest people and torture them.
And the People get to vote for a new president every 4 years.
Oh, and if you build a Nativity scene on public land, you will be ordered to take it down.
Then there's the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act; not to mention the fact that when "white" "Christians" blow things up and kill people, they're typically lonely nutjobs acting alone and without sanction who are caught in short order and then subjected to justice.
Otherwise, there's little difference.
Today's moderates, who object to the use of war and militarism as our main tools of foreign policy, dare not to speak out as they might lose their place in society. This can be as bad as death.
Non sequiturs + overwrought, paranoid and naive mischaracterizations = Moron Mail
Both moderate Christians and Muslims must find the courage to resist these extremists.
I hereby officially denounce the Spanish Inquisition and the burning of witches. Hell, I'll even throw the Visigoths in there, even though they're not really relevant. After all, relevance was no bar to this guy's chain of "logic".
BILL HABONERDINK, RED WING, MINN.