golfboy » 16 Jan 2014 11:07 am wrote:
If you believe Coulter meant that statement to be literal, than yes, it definitely crossed a line.
Again, she was pointing out a basic tenet of the Muslim religion that instructs it's followers to convert or kill non-believers.
I'm not aware of the Bible instructing Christians to murder people that do not convert to their religion. Have I missed that, somehow?
GB, I don't think it matters whether she meant it literally. It was in really bad taste.
Here's a couple things about believers being instructed to kill infidels / nonbelievers:
First, when the Children of Israel came to the Promised Land, God had Moses send scouts into the land to determine the strength of its defenders. They reported back to Moses, and Moses to God, and God told Moses to send men into Canaan (the Promised Land) to kill every man, woman, and child there. This is beyond my comprehension, GB.Kill Nonbelievers They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
(2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him."
(Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)Kill Followers of Other Religions.
1) If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst.
(Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)God Will Kill the Children of Sinners If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey, I will inflict you with seven more disasters for your sins. I will release wild animals that will kill your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted.
(Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT) More Rape and Baby Killing Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.
(Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)
Now, you'll notice all this is from the Old Testament, and people are fond of quoting Jesus' words, "I come not to destroy the Law (meaning the OT) but to complete." Of course there's more than one way to take that, and I certainly don't know which is right, but Jesus says in Matthew that he is in no way condemning or nullifying the commands in the Old Testament.