Islam According to WallBuilders

by Dan Quinn

Those WallBuilders folks exaggerate and distort reality so much that even fellow religious-righters sometimes have to correct them. Take, for example, Tuesday’s WallBuilders Live! radio program, hosted by David “Separation of Church and State Is a Myth” Barton and sidekick Rick “Texas Supreme Court Justice Wannabe” Green.

Barton and Green spent the first few minutes of their show trying to whip their audience into a lather about Christians who believe that they just might share heaven someday with non-Christians, including Muslims and even atheists. They went on to suggest that too many Christians lack “moral clarity” by supposedly being afraid to highlight the differences between Christianity and Islam. Then in introducing their guest, Alan Wisdom of the religious-right group Institute on Religion and Democracy, Green tossed out this doozy:

“I am a bit overwhelmed by our topic today. I cannot believe that we have churches actually giving sermons on Muhammad and I guess, supposedly, the greatness of Islam and even passing out Qu’rans in Christian churches. What is going on here?”

Huh? Even Green’s guest, Wisdom, seemed a big startled:

“Well, I don’t know about those reports. Some of them turned out to be false.”

But did Green acknowledge that he was misleading his audience? Of course not. Green just prattled on about the need for “moral clarity” between Chrstians and Muslims. And just what really separates the two religions? Here’s how Barton summed it up toward the end:

“For Islams [sic], they’re going to be good on the life issues. They’re going to be good on the homosexuality issues. But they’re not going to be good on the abuse of women issues, on the Sharia law issues, or how many times you can beat your wife. We’re never going to agree on that kind of stuff and there’s no use wrapping our arms around each other, singing Kumbaya and saying we do.”

So there you have it: Islam according to David Barton and Rick Green.

You can listen to Tuesday’s show here.

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