Christians and conservatives can do and say some of the most stupid things. Take two recent “controversies.”

Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, wants to use a Qur’an, instead of a Bible during his ceremonial swearing-in. Some conservative commentators and Christians were outraged at a Muslim man wanting to use a Muslim book.

Who cares what book he wants to use, especially when there is no book (holy or otherwise) used in the official ceremony. The books are used basically for individual photo-op “ceremonies” with family and friends.

Why is it the end of a civilization when a Muslim wants to use a symbol of his faith in his photo-op swearing-in? This is exactly the type of religious freedoms that Christians want. It is hypocritical to ask for it on our behalf, but no one elses.

He’s not asking for sculptures around Washington to be recarved to place the prophet Mohammed along side Moses. Let Rep.-elect Ellison use his Qur’an and stop making Christians conservatives look bad.

Not only can a Muslim not use a Qur’an in his personal faux-ceremony, a Democrat cannot speak at a conference held in a church. That apparently is the message many want to send to Rick Warren, who – GASP – allowed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama to address an AIDS conference held at Saddleback Church.

Warren made it clear that he and Sen. Obama disagree on numerous issues, particularly abortion, but they agreed on the need for Christians to be involved in the fight against AIDS.

Several Christian leaders criticized Warren for daring to allow someone to speak at his church who is pro-abortion. Those criticizing forget two key things.

First of all this was a conference on AIDS, Warren was not turning the Sunday morning sermon over to Obama or Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, for that matter. Warren was reaching out to those that disagree with him on some issues to do something about an issue on which they agree.

Conservatives often work with feminists on issues such as human trafficking, sex slavery and pornography. The more you have working with an issue, the more likely you are to see results.

Secondly, as pro-life as I am, you cannot make a scriptural case that being pro-life is a requirement for salvation. Being right on abortion does not make one a Christian and neither does being wrong on it make one a non-Christian.

I think it is the correct position, especially for Christians, but that does not grant me salvation, secure my salvation or have anything at all to do with my salvation. It may demonstrate my maturity. It may just mean that I was blessed with good teachers and parents. Or, quite possibly, it may simply mean that I have that one issue right and need to work on others.

I find it so odd that writers at places like Slice of Laodicea bemoan the lack of love in churches today in one post and then proceed to rip everyone who does not agree with them as heretics in the next. The definition of apostate is disagreement with the writer, but what “is most missing in the church today is a biblical love for one another.” On that, I couldn’t agree more.