Michael Moore? Or James Dobson?

Ken AshfordGodstuff, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

I’ve been amused by Chris Matthews’ comment that bin Laden is like Michael Moore.  Others on the right have also said that bin Laden’s rants sound like it comes from lefties.

Oh, really?  Here are some direct quotes from bin Laden in his recent "Letter to America".   Assume, for this thought experiment, that all references to Islam, Allah, and the Koran are replaced with their Christian counterparts.  Now tell me if this sounds more like Michael Moore or more like James Dobson, Pat Robertson, etc.:

We call you to be a people of manners, principles, honour, and purity; to reject the immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling’s, and trading with interest.

…You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator. You flee from the embarrassing question posed to you: How is it possible for Allah the Almighty to create His creation, grant them power over all the creatures and land, grant them all the amenities of life, and then deny them that which they are most in need of: knowledge of the laws which govern their lives?

…You are a nation that permits the production, trading and usage of intoxicants. You also permit drugs, and only forbid the trade of them, even though your nation is the largest consumer of them.

…You are a nation that permits acts of immorality, and you consider them to be pillars of personal freedom. You have continued to sink down this abyss from level to level until incest has spread amongst you, in the face of which neither your sense of honour nor your laws object.

Who can forget your President Clinton’s immoral acts committed in the official Oval office? After that you did not even bring him to account, other than that he ‘made a mistake’, after which everything passed with no punishment. Is there a worse kind of event for which your name will go down in history and remembered by nations?

You are a nation that permits gambling in its all forms.

Wow.  Government guided by, rather than separated from, a deity.  Opposition to sex (including gay sex), drinking, drugs, and gambling.  And a shot at Bill Clinton’s indescretion to boot.  Sounds like bin Laden’s brand of religious fundamentalism is pretty close to the American Taliban’s.