John Updike Bashes Christians. Yawn.

Written by commonsensejournal on June 24th, 2006

The novelist John Updike has a new book out called “Terrorist,” where he tries to “understand” why the terrorist wants to kill innocent people. How original.

I was reading the most recent issue of Details, the ultra-liberal magazine that has about 20 ads before the articles begin. Updike proved himself to be an over-pretentious anti-Christian bigot. It’s kind of strange, the interviewer states that Updike is a Christian, but then Updike compares Christians to Islamic terrorists and that people of faith should not have faith anymore, at least if they want to be “cool” and not have faith (perhaps subscribe to the groupthink of atheism?). Here’s an excerpt:

Q: What do you think of the fundamentalist-Christian movement here?

A: I know how they feel–it’s the way my young character feels in my new book. His faith feels threatened by the modern world. But that’s the way it is. And you have to learn to live with it, and if you choose to keep some faith, you have to realize that you’re doing it kind of against the tide.

So, “fundamentalist” Christians, (Christians who believe in fundamental truths like murder and rape are wrong, for example) are compared to Islamic terrorists.? *Yawn*. Is this the best they can come up with?

It’s easy to attempt to dismiss an idea by associating with something unrelated. Islamic terrorists are not evil because they believe in a religion–they are evil because they support killing innocent human being in the name of religion (or in the name of anything, really). Terrorists also brush their teeth (well, some of them do), but that does not make brushing your teeth evil, or anyone that takes care of their pearly whites a “terrorist.”

The Nazis wrote with pens, but that doesn’t make writing evil. What are terrorists nefarious for? What were the Nazis infamous for? Killing innocent human beings. And sadly, that’s what liberals do, whether it is defending terrorists themselves (especially if they’re Islamic terrorists), murderers like Mumia Abu-Jamal, or defending abortion, infanticide, and leaving the disabled to die.

And what “tide” is Updike talking about? A tide of people losing their faith in a higher purpose, some kind of meaning, in favor of . . . what? A pseudo-religion of atheism or humanist religion? The atheist cult of communism killed millions of people, far more than any religion has (though Islamic terrorists would kill many more people if we were not stopping them)? I don’t think many people are turning from God; even if some people do doesn’t make it wise or correct.

I guess I should expect such faith-bashing from Details. After all, the other month they featured an article on gays from the army making porn, and the writer for Details joined in while he wrote it. Sick.

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