Monday, October 26, 2009

Trying to Be Charitable

So, I really don't want to read it this way. Admittedly I skimmed large portions of it. I'm pretty sure that Ross Douthat is actually saying that Anglicans and Catholics need to team up and take on Islam.

This could be the real significance of last week’s invitation. What’s being interpreted, for now, as an intra-Christian skirmish may eventually be remembered as the first step toward a united Anglican-Catholic front — not against liberalism or atheism, but against Christianity’s most enduring and impressive foe.
It's not entirely clear, but he really seems to be saying that the "foe" is Islam in Europe (for the Catholics) and Africa (for the Anglicans).

The man is calling for another fucking crusade.

In the pages of the New York Fucking Times.

Fuck it.

Just..... Fuck it.

I am going bowling.


Susan of Texas said...

Douthat needs to get his war on and join the Army. When his fellow soldiers frag him for annoying the crap out of them, we'll all win.

Ken Houghton said...

I suspect you're missing the intermediate step, NonT.

The Pope declared war on the Anglican Church's practices last week—you know, female ministrations, marriage prelates, and acceptance of teh Gay.

The only way for the team-up is if the Anglicans see the errors of their ways and become n/e/o/-N/a/z/i/s/ followers of The Rat.

He's suggesting that there is a Common Enemy, so the Anglicans have to stop being the Fifth Column and rejoin the One True Church.

Susan of Texas said...

This pope is much more fun than the last pope.

mw said...

For anyone interested in an actual takedown of Douthat's column, Greenwald has a piece up at Salon today.

NutellaonToast said...

I'm not sure what the difference between Glenn and what I just wrote, other than word count and links to back fairly obvious assertions, but, yes, there are more words.

mw said...

Well, he actually read the article, for starters. Look, I wasn't trying to take a swipe at you. Relax.

NutellaonToast said...

I didn't mean that as defensive. WE SHOULD BOTH RELAX :)

bulbul said...

And there I was, thinking that "Christianity’s most enduring and impressive foe" was the Devil. Silly me.

Downpuppy said...

Yes, silly you.

The true foes of Christianity are telescopes, microscopes & accurately recorded history.

2000 years where the only people to see GOD are obvious loons reduced his zone of influence.

Clever Pseudonym said...

Christianity's "most enduring and impressive foe" is sin. The true foe is yourself and your failings as a fallible human being. I really don't want to get into theological arguments with anyone, but come on. Not all Christians are impervious to science or obscenely judgemental. Some of us certainly don't share the despicable dickheaded ignorance of Doushat or whatever that idiot's name is. If he's going to accept that the only class of Muslims he can be bothered to read about are the murderous extremists who are sensational enough to make the news, he'd better get damned comfortable with the gunman that kills a doctor who performs abortions as the picture of Christianity. Otherwise, he's a bloody hypocrite.

I can't believe this rubbish passes for printable in the New York Times.