Hello Stewart:  Why did you feel the need to throw in a gratuitous comparison between a man who wanted to maim and kill a lot of people – to ‘fundamentalists’ and ‘strident anti-abortion activists’?

 
There is no comparison here.  Once in a rare while a mentally-deranged individual commits an awful crime, citing this or that belief as their motivation for murder. I and millions of others strongly oppose killing a baby in the mother’s womb.  My radicalism has led me to donate a few bucks, take part in the annual ‘Walk for Life’, and stand silently for an hour in the yearly ‘Prayer Chain’. I and millions of Canadians believe God created the universe and all life.  As such He is the Lord, and worthy of our love and obedience.  That makes us ‘fundamentalists.’
 
Wow, that sure puts me in the same league as a guy who wants to plant a bomb under the Jordan Station trestle so he can maim and kill many totally unsuspecting people, in his service of Allah.
 
Why not compare Esseghaier to eco-terrorists? They are far more likely to resort to violence than Christians.
 
Or maybe you could take a thoughtful look at the rising tide of hatred and violence against the Jewish people.
 
Surely you can be more creative if you must spend so much of your article comparing this man to groups that almost never resort to violence.  In fact I would suggest that without ‘fundamentalist Christians that is to say people who believe the Bible to be the authoritative Word of God,  this world would be a far less civilized place.
 
Maybe next time you write about madmen, you should focus on that person, and his crime, and resist the temptation to drag decent people into your net of condemnation.  
Gerda Peachey

Shown a transcript of the interview, two academic experts on extremism said Mr. Esseghaier’s comments were consistent with the mindset of a fundamentalist who seemed to put himself above the law.

“From my perspective, the views expressed … are very typical of the worldview of religious fundamentalists and very comparable to what one might hear from a strident anti-abortion activist coming from a Christian perspective,” said Prof. Lorne Dawson, co-director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

“We have the literalist reading of scripture and emphasis on the absolute dominion of God’s word, as revealed, over all things human in origin. There is little or no consideration given to the other gifts of thought and freedom of will also granted by God to humankind,” the University of Waterloo sociologist said.

From: Bell, Stewart (National Post) <sbell@nationalpost.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: Stewart Bell, National Post…..Lorne Dawson, “From my perspective, the views expressed … are very typical of the worldview of religious fundamentalists and very comparable to what one might hear from a strident anti-abortion activist coming fr…

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