What Happens to Christians
When They Get “Radicalized”?

 By Jim Berlin 

There has been endless speculation about when and how the San Bernardino Muslim killers became radicalized – the point at which they wish to kill anyone not perfectly matching their Islamic DNA.

What’s not discussed is what occurs when Christians become radicalized. Well, keep your eyes on the closet, folks, because I’m coming out.

I am radicalized. That’s right! I belong to a Bible-thumping evangelical church and we are one crazy bunch of born-again Jesus Freaks. We raise our arms to the heavens when we praise, shout Amen when the preacher nails it and lay hands on our brothers and sisters when they ask for prayer.

We believe some have the gift of prophecy and others the gift of healing. We think it’s okay to speak in tongues and dance in church and yell Hallelujah and Praise the Lord when the spirit moves us.

We radicals believe Jesus walks among us today as surely as he strolled the streets of Jerusalem with the impetuous Peter and the apostle he loved the most (or so John says).

We believe in spreading The Good News, so we put our money where our missionaries are. But we also believe our religious rights end where your nose begins. We’re happy if you join us, but no less happy if you don’t.

The worst thing a radicalized Christian will do to non-believers – is pray for them. No injuries have been reported.

The world has nothing to fear from a radicalized Christian – and everything to fear from a radicalized Muslim.

Really, now, which one is a “Religion of Peace”?

Pope Urges Peace in Mid-East:
Muslim Terrorists Deeply Moved

By Jim Berlin

The Vatican believes Islamic extremists are reexamining their motto “Death to the infidel dogs” after Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks to a crowd of 300,000 in Beirut on Sunday.

Speaking at the end of an open-air Mass, the pontiff stunned the mixed-faith audience by making an urgent plea for peace and brotherhood and urging Christians to play a constructive role as peacemakers.

“We were particularly moved,” said Islamic militant Ikillu Day-ed, “by the pope’s observation that violence ‘generates so much suffering.’ When we fire an RPG into a crowd there’s going to be an explosion and some smoke and fire, sure, but until now it was just good theater. We didn’t really think it through.”

When informed of Ikillu Day-ed’s comment, Vatican spokesman Federico Antipasto beamed and said he wasn’t surprised: “That’s exactly why His Holiness decided to call for peace and brotherhood now rather than wait for Christmas Eve. A lot of people could die between now and Christmas.”

But some Christians in the crowd expressed confusion over the pope’s urging them to play a constructive role in peacemaking.

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“We don’t strap on suicide vests or attack embassies or burn flags,” one woman said, “and we don’t kill Muslims just because they’re not Christians. So how do we reach out to them?”

“Finger-pointing is unchristian and counter-productive,” Federico Antipasto responded. “As the pope said, ‘May God grant to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of violence.’ It’s that simple.”

“Allahu Akbar and Amen to that!” shouted Ikillu Day-ed. “I’m going to hug the first Christian I see today.”