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It’s being continued with the same old rhetoric they use after any Islamic terrorist organization claims credit for such acts of cowardice. Islam is a religion of hate and violence! All Muslims want death to America! Let’s just nuke’em all! The sarcasm font would come in real handy right about now. Maybe it makes them feel better. Maybe they feel that’s the right response. And, perhaps, they’re wrong. Saying anything now that isn’t decidedly anti-Muslim is out of fashion and usually perceived as defending terrorism. I disagree. I vehemently denounce any act of terrorism, regardless of the deity to which they pray, but let’s be honest.
Is Islam a religion of evil and violence? Certainly seems that way if you only watch and believe every bit of the news here. They have it down to a science. The Muslims wear black hats and all Christians wear white hats. To them, it’s as simple as that! People ask, “What about Christian terrorism?” And then the response is normally, “There’s no such thing. Christians would never do such things. And if they did, they weren’t true Christians to begin with.” And there lies the crux of the problem. Christians are Christians up until the point where the break a commandment and then they get their Get out of Hell card revoked. But Muslims are evil evil Muslims all the way up until the very end. Again, I don’t care to which version of god you pray, but let’s not presume that Christianity is immune to the same sort of perversion that we’ve been lead to believe is exclusively reserved for Islamic believers.
Cases in point: A group called Concerned Christians was deported from Israel on suspicion of planning to attack holy sites in Jerusalem at the end of 1999 while they believed that their deaths would “lead them to heaven.”
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla army, that was engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government in 2005? They were found guilty of genocide by the UN and for other acts, including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, and using forced child laborers as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves. Sound familiar?
Does the Maronite Christian Militia ring a bell? They were the group wearing crucifixes that was responsible for the massacre, rape, and torture of unarmed Palestinians in Lebanon during the 1980’s.
Surely you’ve read about The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland, or the NSCN which is also a Christian militant group operating in Northern India. Their main goal is to set up a sovereign Christian state, “Nagalim.” Sounds like another page out of the Islamic Extremist playbook, if you ask me.
Of course, there’s always the widely known anti-Balaka group of Christian extremists that killed over a thousand people accused of being Muslim before dragging their bodies through the streets and setting them on fire. They were also responsible for one of the largest Muslim exoduses in history by displacing over 350,000 refugees and decimating the Muslim population in one area from 138,000 to less than 900 in a matter of weeks.
If you want to stick to terrorism here in the United States, I can oblige you there as well. The Army of God, which was responsible for bombing abortion clinics and attacking doctors across the United States.
The Christian Patriot organization responsible for racially and religiously motivated killings across the country and that support the tenets of white supremacy and ethnic cleansing.
The Olympic Park Bomber, Eric Rudolph, attacked a lesbian bar and abortion clinic before gaining his more famous moniker and claimed his actions were based on religious teachings.
Did you ever hear of the three men from the Christian Identity movement that committed murders and robberies in 1996 because they believed God required these atrocities in order to hasten the rise of the White Race.
Can you recall ever hearing about the Hutaree Christian Militia that was determined by the FBI in 2011 to possess more weapons than the combined weapons holdings of all Islamic terror defendants charged in the US since 9/11?
Also, consider Professor Charles Kurzman’s research into religious terrorism. He is a consultant for the DHS that finds that out of the 140,000 murders committed in this country since 9/11, Muslims are responsible for approximately 36 of them.
Globally, out of the 150,000 people killed each day, his research points to the fact that only about 50 of them can be laid at the feet of Islamic extremists. In fact, out of all acts of terrorism on US soil from 1980 until now, only 4% have ties to Islamic extremism. Surprisingly, 26% of the acts of terrorism on US soil have been committed by Puerto Rican separatists. And animal rights groups are responsible for more than twice the amount of terrorist here at home as any followers of Allah. Should we deport all ASPCA advocates for the actions of a few bad eggs that have splintered off in their perversion? Should we build a wall around San Juan to keep us safe from those pesky PR secessionists? No, because that would be ludicrous and absurd.
Why is almost one quarter of the world’s population responsible for the acts of such a small percentage of its members? Why is the label of terrorism reserved for “the other guy” and not used for anyone who would use violent acts of cowardice and intimidation to further their agenda? That’s the easy part. Because if we looked at it from an objective standpoint, then the division and fear tactics wouldn’t play out nearly as well.
I love my country enough to recognize her faults instead of just skipping the chapters that don’t paint us in a flattering light. This is a supposed Christian nation that abhors violence and terrorism yet we live on land that was stolen from indigenous people after they were either slaughtered or forced to convert to the dominant religion we brought with us, or both.
Terrorism is the tool of cowards and anyone who thinks the Islam has the market cornered on terrorism and cowardice needs to do something other than read the headline du jour or click on the video that lines up with their preconceived notions about something which they know so little.
Perpetuating the myth that only Islam is responsible for terrorism is dangerous and plays right into the extremists’ hands. The WTC was no more demolished than the Oklahoma City Federal Building was. Dylan Roof’s victims are no less dead than Sayed Farook’s are. Let’s start to stand up against any and all terrorism instead of just picking the boogeyman of the day. And let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves and understand that terrorism is the cowardly tool of ignorant people promoting a violent agenda, regardless of what’s in their head or their heart.