Words or Bullets?

“Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.” [Pat Buchanan, 1993]

“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.” [Ann Coulter, 2001]

“In the coming years an endless struggle will be waged across five continents, a struggle in which either violence or dialogue will prevail. Granted, the former has a thousand times the chances of the latter. But I have always thought that if the man who places hope in the human condition is a fool, then he who gives up hope in the face of circumstances is a coward. Henceforth, the only honor will lie in obstinately holding to a formidable gamble: that words are stronger than bullets.” [Albert Camus, 1946]

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” [Proverbs 15:1]


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  1. #1 by John Shore on October 9, 2009 - 3:50 pm


  2. #2 by The Lead Heretic on October 9, 2009 - 6:43 pm

    Yet another great post. The quote by Buchanan makes me cringe. Yet, he would be the first to question why there is so much animosity towards this country from around the world.

    • #3 by Christian Beyer on October 9, 2009 - 7:13 pm

      Guys like Buchanan and Coulter (used to) blame all that animosity on two things: the world is envious of America and Communist forces were working to foster this animosity. With communism, they were correct. But the communists are (almost) gone so the new bugaboo is Islam. At no time would they consider the possibility that America, acting in her own self interests, actually f**ked a lot of people up around the world. Which made them ripe pickings for Soviet and Jihadist propaganda. Doesn’t make the Soviets and the Jihadists right, but realizing our ‘guilt’ might help us avoid further mistakes.

  3. #4 by ambrosia on October 9, 2009 - 6:52 pm

    Yeah–you would pick a nut like Pat Buchanan, and an extremist like Ann Coulter to represent conservative Christian views–BTW, does Ann confess to be a Christian?

    • #5 by Christian Beyer on October 9, 2009 - 7:09 pm

      She sure does. I could have used any one of dozens of quotes from people like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Dobson, Hagee, Franklin Graham etc etc. But I decided to give them a break for a change.

      I used to like Buchanan – agreed with just about all he wrote and said. He’s no nut, and neither was I. That’s what makes this type of thinking and this type of rhetoric so dangerous. Lots of people will write off Falwell and Hagee as religious nuts but still take Buchanan and Coulter seriously (well, maybe not lots -not anymore). But you can hear this kind of stuff from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity every night.

  4. #6 by ambrosia on October 9, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Actually, Chris, I think Buchanan is nutz, but not a nut–and don’t even start me about Ann C.

    Don’t even start me!

    • #7 by Christian Beyer on October 9, 2009 - 9:50 pm

      Agreed. I don’t know if he was always ‘nutz’ – it really started when he became obsessed with our open borders. I think he might be just a little bit….

      And Coulter- not only is she so….nasty. I think that she thinks she is somewhat of a ‘sex pot’. Just look at her publicity photos. Doesn’t help her credibility any.

  5. #8 by ambrosia on October 10, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    I agree–I hate to say this, but I agree about Ann C. She comes across as you say; not that I know her morals, but I wonder if she is truly representative of the so-called Christian Right.

  6. #9 by Christian Beyer on October 10, 2009 - 6:55 pm

    I wouldn’t think so but just like any political group, they will jump into bed with strange fellows if it is expedient.

  7. #10 by ambrosia on October 11, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    So, what are you saying about the Flower of the Right?

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