Andrew Sullivan recently linked to this 2005 article about now-defunct American Pastor Ted Haggard.

This quote from him lends weight to my recent arguments that Christianity is incredibly violent at its very core:

“I teach a strong ideology of the use of power,” he says, “of military might, as a public service.” He is for preemptive war, because he believes the Bible’s exhortations against sin set for us a preemptive paradigm, and he is for ferocious war, because “the Bible’s bloody. There’s a lot about blood.”

If you buy the bible as the word of god, then you have to buy its view that everyone who disagrees with you should be killed, maimed or tortured. So I don’t buy this excuse that “oh it isn’t Christianity that’s violent, it’s just a few bad apples”.

I also love this bit about how Ted built his church early on:

He staked out gay bars, inviting men to come to his church; his whole congregation pitched itself into invisible battles with demonic forces, sometimes in front of public buildings.

It puts his forced admission late last year of ice-fueled illicit gay sex into some perspective.