Humanist Scholar says Christian fundamentalism is a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism

Catherine M. Wallace, a faculty member from Northwestern University has put forward an opinion that fundamentalist Christianity is a larger threat to the U.S.A. than Islamic terrorism.

Wallace, who happens to be a Christian herself, feels the access held by fundamentalist Christians to the United States’ armaments is a major threat to peace and security. The scholar claims most Christians are already in positions of power and some even have access to nuclear codes.

In her statement, the scholar said Islamic terrorists had to resort to hijacking an aircraft to carry out their attack on an American city. Similarly, if they had to attack a public event, they would have to send in their own people strapped with explosives. However, Christian fundamentalists have access to nuclear codes, making them a far greater threat.

Wallace believes such a threatening alliance can only be stopped if Christians come together to defend their real history and tradition.

“Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” Wallace said. It is her view that Christian radicalism is a result of Christians taking the Bible literally and is a relatively modern trend. She believes, literal reading would have been discouraged by church fathers of the past.

It is the literal reading of the bible, in her opinion, that fundamentalists have it all wrong. By perceiving the Bible to be literal fundamentalist Christians are responsible for creating several misconceptions of its real meaning. Causing conflict and hate, becoming the enemy to the rest of the world.

At the end of her talk, Wallace, who is primarily a literary critic and historian, offered her personal view on the Bible saying, “It’s the great anthology of Jewish storytelling. It’s brilliant, but these are very ancient stories.”  She believes by looking at the Bible from this perspective, Christians can learn to coexist with politics and science. Also, it will allow Christianity to shed its image of being a religion which goes against progressive thought and scientific fact.

When questioned about how Jesus would react to the current political atmosphere, Wallace replied, “Jesus was first a Jewish prophet reciting the Jewish rant in its standard edition, which is social justice, socio-economic justice. Care for widows and orphans, which is to say the unemployable. People who can’t earn their own living. And the just sharing of the world’s resources.” 

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