Schlacht von ArsufI’ve come up with a term to describe the Religious Right’s war against Islam inside the US: Neocrusade. That’s right, these folks are Neocrusaders, the childish spiritual resurrection of the western Europeans who stormed into the Middle East during the Middle Ages. It’s the only term I can think of, to describe militant Christians in the US who basically want to drive Muslims underground — or out of the country entirely.

Although I’m no friend of any religion, I can only disapprove of this movement to destroy the “freedom of religion” that this country has had for over 200 years.

I say that because, once you’ve eliminated religious freedom for some, then you’ve eliminated it altogether, because “freedom” either applies to everyone, or it doesn’t exist.

The latest dust-up is taking place right here in the Nutmeg State. The Hartford City Council has decided to show some solidarity with Muslims in the US, and will open their meetings with prayers delivered by Hartford imams. I can’t really support this personally, since I’m opposed to any government session including a religious component, but as it turns out, this is a short-term decision, since the City Council meetings don’t ordinarily open with prayers.

The Religious Right, of course, has gone berserk over it. Hartford’s Internet servers have been inundated with sanctimonious emails raging and blustering over how terrible this decision is. The Hartford Courant reports on the Neocrusaders’ furious outrage (WebCite cached article):

A plan by the Hartford City Council to diversify its opening prayers before meetings has come under fire after it was announced that Monday’s invocation would be Islamic.

City Councilman Luis Cotto, who proposed having two imams lead the invocation Monday, said the city council’s website has been inundated with e-mails criticizing the plan. The harsh response prompted city council President rJo Winch to call a news conference today at 1 p.m. to discuss the issue.

Cotto said that his goal in having an Islamic prayer was to speak out against what he called “the current wave of Islamophobia” in this country.

(Before you ask, no, I haven’t a clue how to pronounce “rJo,” and yes, that’s how the name is spelled.)

Helpfully, Cotto has posted some of the correspondence he’s received on his own blog, IonHartford (cached version). Read it and see for yourselves the insipidity, stupidity, and rage of these Neocrusaders. Virtually every “Christian nation” myth is included in this correspondence.

Enough is enough, folks. I’m not a Muslim myself, nor will I ever become one. But until the First Amendment is altered or repealed, the rest of the country needs to leave them the fuck alone and let them live their lives. They are entitled to nothing less. This childish caterwauling simply must stop.

Not that it will, of course … Christians are notoriously unwilling to contain or muzzle their own, so the Neocrusaders will be allowed to carry on and do … well, whatever! … as long as they wish. The rest of the country’s Christians will never lift a finger to stop them, and will do absolutely nothing to force their juvenile co-religionists to grow the fuck up.

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