Louisiana College President Calls For Jihad

After fellow OBU alum Mike Huckabee made a fool of himself by calling SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor “Maria,” I was pretty embarrassed for my university. Then CenLamar posted this absolutely insane rant from Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard, and suddenly I feel much better.

I mean, this thing is such a stunningly ignorant and deceptive collection of wingut bogeymen and cliches that it would be ridiculous even if it was a letter to the paper with a return address from Brentwood. If that was the case I’d chuckle and move on. But the author is the president of a university.

Let’s start with the call for jihad:

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Now, as Christian warriors, we have a choice.  Will we stand and fight to protect the field that God has given us or run like the frightened band of men who abandoned Shammah?

Then he repeatedly asks “will you stand and fight” while promising to do so even if it means imprisonment.

I understand the Christian soldier metaphor has a long history and origins in the New Testament. I also know it has frequently gone beyond metaphor, both institutionally and individually. My concern here is – as one commentor pointed out in the CenLamar post – what do you suppose the reaction would be if a local imam used language like this? It ought to be the same for Joe Aguillard. Violence in support of religion is wrong no matter what God might be justifying the violence. How ’bout we not encourage it?

But even if war for Jesus is generally acceptable, Aguillard must use the same intelligence agencies as the previous presidential administration prior to the Iraq War, because his grounds for this war are similarly manufactured.

His first complaint:

The enemy is attacking the Christian’s territory and he is doing so at an exponential pace.

The murder of our unborn is occurring at a rate of 21 babies per second!

The President of the United States is carrying the banner to continue these murders at an even faster pace and to also use our tax dollars to expand the murder overseas.

If we use Biblical truth to define our president and those in Congress as murderers – and that is what they are, murderers – as those who have perpetuated this murderous plot, will they imprison us?

That threat will not silence us!  Will you stand and fight?

I’m pro-life. Not in the sense that I think pro-choicers are murderers; I’m don’t think a fetus is a human. I do think abortion is immoral, though. Still, I’m not slamming him for the over-the-top rhetoric. If you think a fetus is a human, then abortion is murder.

But while I’m pro-life, I’m also pro-truth, and unless you think birth control is a type of abortion, there is no way there are 21 abortions per second in this country. Do the math, that equals 662,256,000 abortions per year. Does that sound even remotely possible? The population of the U.S. isn’t even half that. In fact, even hard core pro-lifers put the number at less than 1.5 million. That’s a lot. Too many. But it works out to .05 per second, not 21 per second. Aguillard – a man whose job is to educate – is willfully spreading ridiculous lies. All it would take is one moment’s critical thought to see how stupid this statement was.

His second complaint:

The enemy is attacking the Christian’s territory by convincing our nation that marriage is really not a sacred bond between a man, a woman and God.  Rather, we are told that it is a choice between persons of the same or the opposite sex.  Both choices, many maintain, are to be viewed as legitimate. . . .

Encouraged by the President, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a Hate Crimes Bill that could make it illegal for Christians to declare that what the Word of Almighty God says about the practice of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

If the aforementioned legislation ultimately becomes law, many believe that a Christian could be thrown in jail for proclaiming God’s law. Well, consider me and our faculty at LC ready for jail, for we will not bow to the lies of satan.

Some people might believe that, but no reasonable people believe that. The only thing the hate crimes bill punishes is actions. It would increase the penalties for actions based on the criminal’s motivations, but all it punishes are actions. So unless Aguillard plans on capping his next anti-gay sermon by physically injuring a gay person, he has nothing to worry about. This is pure demagoguery.

His third complaint:

Our forefathers would not recognize our court system today.  The first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

O.K., great, John Jay thought we ought to elect Christians to public office. In fact, that’s what we usually do. But you know what? The Constitution – the fundamental law of the land, the document that created the United States – specifically and explicitly rejects John Jay’s hope:

no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Whatever may  have happened throughout history, the founders intentionally created a country in which people of any or no religion could serve in public office. If having non-Christians in public office makes Aguillard mad, his gripe is with the Constitution and its authors.

So Aguillard’s grounds for Jihad are questionable, at best. More fundamentally, though, is a major problem with what he wants to defend: Christian America. His words:

Our President recently declared, “America is not a Christian nation!”  While we are certainly not acting like a Christian nation, to deny our Christian roots and affirm universalism is a sin against God and our nation will reap the consequences of that position. Will you stand and fight?

I’ve expressed my belief in prior posts that however many Christians there are in this country, our nation is and always has been legally secular. Go find God in the Constitution if you don’t believe me. What I want to ask Aguillard, though, is how he can call “Christian” a nation that according to his own beliefs was conceived in sin? In other words, “to deny our Christian roots” is not a sin against God but is good fundamentalist hermeneutics.

As he makes clear in this article, Aguillard thinks being gay is evil. No doubt – good fundamentalist that he is – as proof he would cite a few sentences from Romans chapter one:

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

But Romans speaks to more issues than just sex. Remember our country’s roots? We were subjects of the British king, tired of paying taxes and so decided to revolt. Well, lookee what Romans says about that:

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. . . .

Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Sort of speaks for itself. No less a fundamentalist than John MacArthur has this to say about Romans 13 and the American Revolution:

To some people, evangelical Christianity was a proper justification for the American Revolution. They believe we had every right to load up our guns and kill Englishmen for the sake of our religious freedom. There are some Christians I know personally who refuse to pay their taxes because they believe that their freedoms are being violated. The truth is, the United States was born out of a violation of Romans 13:1-7 in the name of Christian freedom.

I’m not making any value judgments about the American Revolution. I am saying that arguing that our country has Biblical roots is not only bad history but also, if you have the same beliefs about the Bible that Joe Aguillard does, bad theology.

I’m sure there’s all kinds of special rules that limit the application of this passage to the time Paul wrote it. I’m equally sure there’s even more special rules that mean those special rules don’t limit Paul’s words about the gays to the first century. You know what I doubt, though? That Joe Aguillard has ever even considered the problem. He’s knows the gays are evil and he knows America was created by God and he don’t need no Bible nor history books nor plain old reason to tell him otherwise.

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5 Comments on “Louisiana College President Calls For Jihad”

  1. Jim Says:

    Excellent post. At one time Louisiana College was a good school; they went over the edge when they appointed Aguillard. I hate to think what he has done to their academic standards.

  2. wheeler Says:

    thanks.

    i remember when it was a good school. they’ve always been conservative, but it used to be the intelligent kind. now? this guy is just crazy. i can’t imagine any thinking person wants to teach, or attend, lc.

  3. KC Says:

    learned something today…had never heard of OBU before…had to look it up…

  4. wheeler Says:

    not many people have. even around here.

  5. jefferson craddock Says:

    This article was written with style, and yet was very much on point. Here we read convincing arguments based logic, reason, common sense — and the letter to the Romans, since people are trying to keep the discussion within the “Christian perspective”. I am a Louisiana College graduate from several decades past but no longer feel much pride in it; I am saddened by the direction the school has taken. Bravo to OBU for producing good writers like this one.


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