Are Christians Terrorists Too?
There are those groups who attempt to justify their prejudices and violence they perpetrate on others by claiming a connection to Christianity with no resemblance to Christ or His teachings whatsoever. Some years ago I happened to be listening to a call in radio interview in which a California legislator made the statement that she saw little difference between Islamic extremism and Christian fundamentalism exhibited by the "Oklahoma bomber" (Timothy McVeigh). I was so incensed at the accusation I tried to call into the program, but was unsuccessful. How many millions of listeners accepted the legislators comment as Gospel one can only guess, but it was never brought into question for the remainder of the program. You see, Timothy McVeigh was not and did not claim to be a Christian. When asked, he said "Science is my religion." Those are the exact words you could expect to hear from many secularists, atheists and agnostics, but certainly NOT CHRISTIANS!
The online encyclopedia Wickipedia has an article (with information supplied by readers) posted, entitled "Christian Terrorism." As you read down, it inserts this caveat (for good reason): "An editor has expressed a concern that this section lends undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, controversies or matters relative to the article subject as a whole. (July 2011)"
"For good reason," yet how many people religiously use that resource as settled fact? In naming names, it makes certain specious claims that are easily challenged, such as the reference to Anders Breivik, the so-called "Christian Crusader" who went on a killing rampage in Norway in July of 2011. So was he really a Christian Crusader? Noted Rabbi Brad Hirschfield rejected that contention, as did many others.
I know that there have been times in History when misled Christians have done evils in the name of Christ, and one example that has been repeated time and time-again are the infamous Salem witch hunts... So how many thousands of witches have been killed? Not thousands? Hundreds? Not to minimize the severity and horror of those who were condemned, but all of the so called "witches" couldn't fill all the seats on a bus. Compare that to the death toll in buses, planes, restaurants, night clubs, and traffic stops that are sponsored at the behest of 'Allah.'
Or as conservative radio host Michael Medved said, "
“On a recent CNN appearance, I confronted the obscenely foolish liberal argument that insists that contemporary Christian terrorism represents even more of a threat than Islamic terrorism—citing the shameful slaying of a handful of abortion doctors as proof.”
“First, the incidents of murder in the anti-abortion cause brought fewer than a dozen deaths in the last three decades, while victims of Islamo-Nazi terror—most of them Muslims, by the way—can be counted in the tens of thousands. Secondly, no nation or prominent church group promote or applaud violence in the name of Jesus, but many nations support leading voices in Islam who endorse violence in the name of Allah. Radical Islam stands alone among contemporary religious sects in suggesting that the slaughter of innocent women and children in suicide attacks will bring glory to Allah.”
In the highly politically charged atmosphere in the US today, it is more common that 'liberals,' and not conservatives (religious and otherwise) are the perpetrators of violence on their fellow man despite the false accusations in the mainstream media. With regard to conservatives and in particular evangelicals, the leftist media and liberals in general seem to share their hatred for them. Yes, you heard right. The left will castigate conservatives, and attempt to silence them. Recently the Administration was found to have targeted Tea Party conservatives by the IRS. The media is in bed with the administration and provides cover for it by the absence of reporting, or by a false narrative. An example of this is the absence or under reporting of the persecution of Christians world wide. Another example is providing their own narrative which is often silent or incorrect on certain facts in order to validate that agenda.