Heard a talk-radio host this morning speaking derogatorily of recent Ft Hood mass-murderer Hasan's self-description as "Muslim first, American second". He wasn't thinking very straight, which is, in my lengthy experience, very typical among conservative talk-show hosts when they talk religion. They virtually always get it wrong, to my frustration. I myself am a Christian first, a Baptist churchman second, and an American third. It all comes down to the content of the doctrine, not its priority, as to whether I am thus a danger to society and subject to governmental repression of my religious beliefs which admittedly come before my allegiance to my country. So here's a quick comparison chart:
|Objective moral authority?||Yes||No||Yes|
|Obligation to put allegiance|
to religion before
allegiance to country?
|Yes||N/A. On atheism, there is no|
obligation to do anything.
|How are you supposed to|
|Kill them||However you want.||Love them and pray|
for them (Matthew 5:44-45)
|Under what circumstances|
is it OK to kill people?
|If they're unbelievers and won't submit to Islam or pay submission tax||Whenever you want.||As a soldier in a just war; as an executor of just capital|
punishment as part of a
legitimate gov't; in self-
defense and in defense of others who are defenseless
a history of
killing people and making war to
|Very yes.||N/A||No, He got unjustly killed to advance His worldview.|
|Suicide bombers?||Quite a lot||No||No|