Human sacrifices please me. (Well, most human sacrifices.)
Did you know that? I love human sacrifices, whether by slow death over a long lifetime of being deceived by me, or a fast death offered up on a hot fire by people deceived by me, I find the smell of burning flesh particularly pleasing. And many religions of the world agree with me. Do you respect me for that?
You would if you were fooled into believing that mere ”tolerance” for all religious beliefs should be replaced by “mutual respect.”
Ha ha ha ha ha.
I’ve mentioned before how fond I am of the Huffington Post’s Religion section. It showcases the epitome of post-modern, relativistic religiosity, and archives a veritable treasure trove of my thinking. And today, a piece by Rajiv Malhotra entitled, “Tolerance Isn’t Good Enough: The Need for Mutual Respect in Interfaith Relations,” made it onto the “Hot News” section of my bulletin board. In fact, I think I’ll bestow a coveted devilbloggger Fire Bug Award onto ol’ Raj, my friend.
Raj imagines a dinner table metaphor and asks if being tolerated at the table despite your beliefs is not only patronizing, but downright insulting. He suggests we scrap tolerance as an insufficient grace toward those we believe to be wrong, and replace it with mutual respect:
“In religious circles, tolerance, at best, is what the pious extend toward people they regard as heathens, idol worshippers or infidels. It is time we did away with tolerance and replaced it with “mutual respect.”
Tolerance has served me well for years, but hey, if you want to respect all my heathens, idol worshippers, and infidels, I suppose I’m game.
Come to think of it, I will take some of that mutual respect.
Tell me Rajiv, if you are reading, would you give respect to an Aztec friend of mine who religiously throws virgins and chillens by the tens of thousands onto the flame to ensure a cosmic balance?
Would you have him at your dinner table and respect his beliefs? Would you let your daughter date him?
Ha ha ha ha ha.
My servants, do you see what I’ve done? No? OK, I’ll tell you.
Please, this is extremely sensitive kingdom knowledge. I tell you only because I know you will not betray my strategy for destroying civilization on the altar of tolerance and respect. If anyone we cannot trust is around, please ask them to leave the room. After you read this, delete it and clear your browser history. This is very sensitive.
Rajiv is a person of his time. He has been taken captive by the “your truth is OK, my truth is OK” lie that I started spreading around 1700AD, whoops, I mean CE. This is the lie that “all paths lead to God,” and, as Raj says, “there should be genuine respect for differences” because he believes that, indeed, other religions are “equally valid paths to God.”
Of course, this is nonsense. Is Raj going to mutually respect my Satan worshipers? They believe in human sacrifice.
Where do you draw the line, Raj? Of course, a line must be drawn, right?
Ha ha ha ha ha.
My servants, do not be confused, the real target of Raj’s grand philosophizing is Christians or as he gently softens, “the Abrahamic faiths.” He makes the obvious explicit by drawing specific attention to Christianity:
The idea of “mutual respect” poses a real challenge to Christianity, which insists that salvation is only possible by grace transmitted exclusively through Jesus.
Raj, to show his grand wisdom, quotes a Lutheran minister who is equally confused (by me):
I asked her if her work on the Inter-Religious Council was consistent and compatible with her preaching as a Lutheran minister, and she confidently replied that it was. I then asked: “Is it Lutheran doctrine merely to ‘tolerate’ other religions or also to respect them, and by respect I mean acknowledging them as legitimate religions and equally valid paths to God”? She replied that this was “an important question,” one that she had been “thinking about,” but that there are “no easy answers.”
Yes, Ms. Lutheran. There is an easy answer. I know it. I fight against it all day every day. I don’t remember coming across you in the fight, and for that I’m pleased. You, and Raj, and everyone else in the world who sees “no easy answers” makes my job of confusion, deception, and intellectual captivity to the ways of the world all that much easier.
You see, my servants, what Raj and Ms. Lutheran do not want to admit is that religions make very definite and important, but contradictory truth claims. Christianity says Jesus is God. All other religions deny that.
Somebody is lying.
And I know who it is.
But they don’t.
And you, my servants, must not hide behind the “no easy answers” flufferoonery. Be a man, Ms. Lutheran. Be a man, Mr. Raj. Go ahead and say it: Christianity makes exclusive truth claims about God, and either (a) I’m am ashamed of it (Ms.), or (b) I don’t like it (Mr.).
Christianity is the only threat to my kingdom. Raj and Ms. Lutheran both need to learn that. Raj, you need to stop the soft-sell and attack Christianity with vigor like I do, and stop hiding behind “we must have mutual respect in interfaith relations” BS.
Unless you want to prove it. Come worship with me and some religious friends tonight at midnight by the bon-fire, and bring your daughter.
Oh, but will you respect me in the morning?
Ha ha ha ha ha.