"Christian" Lacking Christ's Teachings
Call to kill terrorists 'in the name of the Lord' sparks outcry
By Greg Warner
Associated Baptist Press
JACKSON, Tenn. (ABP)--If American troops kill Osama bin Laden, a Southern Baptist ethicist insists it should be "in the name of justice," not "in the name of the Lord" as televangelist Jerry Falwell suggests.
And a prominent Texas Baptist said using God's name as motivation for killing "defames Christianity."
In a televised debate on CNN, Falwell said President Bush should "blow them (the terrorists) all away in the name of the Lord."
Capturing and, if necessary, killing terrorists "is a morally legitimate exercise of military force," said David Gushee, professor of moral philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. "However, it must be recognized that in the terms of Christian moral thought, even justified wars are not to be treated as if they are being fought 'in the name of the Lord.'
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Read Mr Falwell's quote above. Does he sound like a fellow who follows the words of Christ, the Prince of Peace, to you?
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