Economist article

From:  (name withheld)
Date: May 26, 2019 at 4:52:31 PM MDT
To: [email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org
Subject: Economist article

Mr. Weinstein – I just read this article in The Economist (online edition – may not appear in print edition): https://www.economist.com/erasmus/2019/05/25/onward-christian-soldiers referencing you and your work at MRFF.  Dominionist Christianity and your organization, the MRFF, were unknown to me until I read this article. I applaud you and your organization for the work you are doing on combatting this worrying trend.

As I read the Economist article I was struck by the similarities between the concept of dominionist Christianity, and Islamic Jihad and its underlying philosophy, at least as I’ve come to understand it. So striking is this similarity, I was surprised that The Economist article didn’t at least bring it up, if not call it out for the blatant hypocrisy it represents.
In a nutshell, the Islamist antipathy to the US is rooted at least in part in the teachings of Sayyid Qutb, a radical Islamic philosopher and author of In The Shade of the Q’uran, among other works. His teachings had a significant influence on Osama Bin Laden, his followers, and Al Qaeda. A key part of his thesis is that the West lost its way when it compartmentalized religion and daily life in modern society. His call to action was to fight to extinguish the cancerous religions of Judaism, Zionism and Christianity, so that Islam could once again dominate the world and man could live the way God intended him to. Scary stuff.
My source for learning about this was a lengthy piece in the NYTimes back in 2003, available here: https://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/23/magazine/the-philosopher-of-islamic-terror.html
I was going to draft a letter to the editor at The Economist, but it occurred to me that it might make more of an impact coming from an authoritative source like yourself or a representative from MRFF.
It seems to me there is an opportunity to make an apt comparison between dominist Christianity and Al Qaeda – which ought to give the Pentagon and everyone else pause when considering how defensible their current stance is on allowing this coercive injection of religion into the US military by its leaders.
Good luck with your cause and the work of MRFF.
Best,
(name withheld)

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