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Is it our turn now?

When Muslim extremists plan and carry out acts of terror you often hear calls for mainstream Muslim’s to denounce their fringe brethren. 

The “Hutaree,” a Christian militia group was apparently planning to bring about Armageddon.  These “Christian Warriors” were preparing to do battle with the Anti-Christ, Jews and Muslims.
Click on the comments section and complete the sentence, “As followers of Jesus we denounce the Hutaree because…

Is this premature or Is it our turn now?
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Doug Newman

posted March 30, 2010 at 1:06 am

Thus far: nothing to denounce.
The Golden Rule demands the presumption of innocence and due process. If they are then found guilty of conspiring murder, then punish them accordingly. If not, you have to let them go – Pr. 3:29-30.
A few dozen guys in camos playing in the woods are hardly a threat to bring down the US Government.
I skimmed over the Hutaree web site just now. In Luke 22:36, Jesus commands His followers to be armed. Indeed, this is the Biblical basis for our Second Amendment.
17 years ago, there was a media orgy of wild and baseless accusations directed at a group of folks near Waco, TX, who had some strange religious beliefs. There was no semblance of due process whatsoever. They were presumed guilty by the media and the kangaroo court of public opinion. On 4/19/93, 80 innocent people, including 20+ children were burned to death.
And 99% of the American churches were silent.

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posted March 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Would you extend the same presumption of innocence to members of a non-Christian militia, say a … Muslim militia?
I didn’t think so.
And now, to respond to Robert’s challenge…While I’m not a Christian, I respect Jesus as a man of peace. So, if you’ll allow this mild adjustment, as one who respects many of the teachings of Jesus, I denounce the Hutaree, because they are violating one of Christianity’s greatest commandments and demonstrate a serious need to reacquaint themselves with Matthew 22:39
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Not “Love those who share your politics.” Not “Love those who are the same color, creed, religion, etc. as you.” But “Love your neighbor” Whoever he or she is.

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Casey Voce

posted March 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I believe Rom 13:1-7 would be the most clear denunciation of their actions.
There’s also Rom 12:9-21.

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