A professor at Northwestern University told students in her “Confronting Fundamentalism” lecture that the biggest threat to the safety of citizens is fundamental Christianity – not Islam.
The professor, Catherine M. Wallace, self-identifies as a Christian, and made the remarks while lecturing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at the University of Chicago.
She said, according to Truth Revolt:
“If [anyone Islamic] wanted to attack an American city, they had to hijack an airliner,’ she claims. ‘If they want to blow up a concert, they need to put bombs on their own children and send young men in to kill themselves … that kind of radicalism [Christian fundamentalism] in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat.”
Her way of thinking comes from awareness that fundamental Christianity derives its viewpoints from literal interpretations of biblical texts – something she calls an aberration.
Her words: “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally.”
Nobody at all?
From Truth Revolt, once again:
“Wallace goes on to say that ‘Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity’ because it fosters hate and conflict with the modern world. She prefers a Christian humanism, which essentially means that Christianity should sell out all its principles to become socially acceptable among the Manhattanites.
“On the subject of Jesus and where he would stand politically, she predictably envisions him as a sort of younger, sandaled Bernie Sanders: ‘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.’”
Wallace has a whole website, CatherineMWallace.com, dedicated toward advancing her view of Christianity, including one aptly entitled post, “Confronting Fundamentalism.”
She opens with this:
“In the last 70 years, Christianity has been hijacked and weaponized by an alliance between religious fundamentalists and political reactionaries. That dangerous alliance can only be stopped if critical thinkers in every tradition reach out and speak up in defense of moral values that all of us cherish. In a series of nimble, tightly focused arguments, I name the moral and intellectual failures of Christian fundamentalism.”