Religion

Baptist Theologian: No Such Thing as Good Islam

| by Michael Allen

In a recent column for the Florida Baptist Witness newspaper, Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian apologetics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, slammed Islam for being a false and dangerous ideology and cited anti-Islam activist Robert Spencer as being a school of thought to which he subscribes.

In his article, Coppenger starts off with an attack against the founder of Islam, Mohammad: When you start with an adulterous warrior-profit, who is literally anti-Christ (though touting a non-biblical version of Jesus), mix in generous helpings of totalitarianism and the marginalization/persecution of women and non-Muslims, and cultivate tribalism, legalism, and 'victimism,' you have a recipe for disaster.

Coppenger makes no apologies for his condemnation of Islam: "Let's not be cowed by charges of ˜Islamophobia when we rehearse the unmatched, bloody record of Muslim terrorist attacks. Such talk may not be our calling or your cup of tea, but it has it places if I read my Bible right.

While admitting that "the majority of Muslims aren't aggressive and oppressive, he believes that lack of violence is actually based on laziness: You don't define a faith by the behavior of its slackers or its observants who lack the numbers and power to fully advance their agenda, as is currently the case with Muslims in the West."

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Coppenger goes on to compare the wealth of the United States as being much greater than Muslim countries, but fails to mention that oil-rich Saudi Arabia owns billions in U.S. debt. He then goes on to list the "bloody record of Muslim terrorist attacks, running from A to Z, even in the last two months."