The Reality of Christian Terrorism and Violence

The Reality of Christian Terrorism and Violence February 17, 2015

After Obama commented at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christians commit violence as well, the Christian right pretended that he had to go back 1000 years to the Crusades to find examples. Dean Obeidallah has an article at the Daily Beast detailing current examples of Christian extremism, violence and terrorism.

“There are still nine Christians here. We will capture them. We will kill them. When we finish here, we will go to the next village and kill the Christians there, too.”

If an ISIS leader made a statement like this publicly, Fox News would probably cut into their programming bring you a special report about the Muslims’ “religious war” against Christians. Mainstream media outlets would most likely cover it as well.

But that statement was indeed uttered in 2014. Except there was one simple word difference: “Christian” was replaced with “Muslim”. That is exactly what a Christian terrorist said about his militia’s plan to exterminate the remaining nine Muslims in a village in Central Africa Republic (CAR). But, of course, stuff like that doesn’t really make news here in our country.

Or did you hear about the Christian militant who publicly beheaded a Muslim man in the streets of the CAR capital last year? That was actually covered by the US media—in a short Associated Press paragraph buried papers like the New York Times. Anyone doubt that if a Muslim terrorist beheaded a Christian man in the public square it would’ve made the US news?

Any cable news channels cover in depth the Christian marauders in CAR that are – as we speak – ethnically cleansing tens of thousnads of the minority Muslim population there? These Christian militants “stage brutal attacks…wielding machetes” and have “burned and looted…houses and mosques.” True, this is part of a civil war, but these violent acts are still carried out by militants who publicly self identify as Christian fighters.

And examples right here in America:

Or Obama could have simply focused on the violence perpetrated by Christian terrorists in America. For starters, since 1977 there have been ”8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 181 arsons, and thousands of incidences of other criminal activities” targeting reproductive health care facilities here at home. With few exceptions, there were perpetrated by Christians who opposed abortion for religious reasons.

Lets not forget that Eric Rudolph, who was tied to the white supremacist “Christian Identity” movement, had bombed abortion clinics, a gay nightclub and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, which killed two people and wounded 110. Rudolph’s stated motivation was to stop abortion, claiming our government had “legalized, sanctioned and legitimized” abortion, and thus, “they forfeited their legitimacy and moral authority to govern.”

And there was also the 2009 execution of Dr. George Tiller, who became nationally known for performing late term abortions. His killer, Scott Roeder, was a born again Christian who claimed that he the killing “was justified to save the lives of unborn children.”

There’s much more he could have mentioned, of course, like the violence coming from far-right militia groups and “sovereign citizens” who have attacked mosques, synagogues and killed or tried to kill police officers around the country. While modern Christianity is certainly a lot less violent than modern Islam, it’s wrong to pretend that there isn’t a serious problem with violence in both.

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  • colnago80

    Oh, but I’m sure that the blog’s resident physics professor will be along to brandish his no true Scotsman shtick.

  • John Pieret

    But they’re not “real” Christians!

    Oh, wait! That’s what Obama said about ISIS, isn’t it … that hey weren’t “real” Muslims.

    Neeever mind!

  • OK, OK, but do you have any examples of TRUE Christians being terrorists? Checkmate, Obama!!

  • With few exceptions, there were perpetrated by Christians who opposed abortion for religious reasons.

    That’s just sick! Who gets an abortion for religious reasons?

  • matty1

    I know the above are sarcastic but I’ll bite anyway. They really are Christians just as ISIS really are Muslims and Craig Stephen Hicks really is an atheist. Every sufficiently large group will contain some truly awful people, that neither stops them being part of that demographic nor makes other members responsible for their actions.

  • raven

    You don’t have to look at the CAR to find xians beheading people.

    There was one in Oklahoma, USA recently.

    ‘Religious zealot’ Christian student ‘decapitated … – Daily Mail


    Oct 30, 2014 – Isaiah Marin of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was charged Thursday with first-degree … ‘Religious zealot’ Christian student ‘decapitated 19-year-old friend … Marin was furious at Crockett for his interest in witchcraft, which he saw as …

    This xian religious zealot cut the head off of his friend because supposedly his friend was interested in witchcraft.

    This barely made the local news and never did make the national news. A Moslem did the same thing in the same state in what was an obvious case of work place violence and it made the national news for weeks after.

    The media is quite slanted towards xianity.

  • Is modern Christianity less violent than modern Islam? Are you sure? Lemme look through my list of most expensive militaries in the world… nope, says here that the most expensive military in the world by a pretty enormous margin is run by the United States, a notoriously fundamentalist Christian country compared to the rest of the world. Just because we dress a big chunk of our violent folks in matching uniforms and get them to march in formations doesn’t make them any less violent.

  • raven

    As Ed Brayton notes, attacks on mosques in the USA are very common. Some have been attacked more than once.

    There have only been two terrorist attacks near my house, both by xian terrorists. One was a local xian group firebombing the local mosque.

    I’ve tried to find out how many mosques have been attacked but no one seems to be keeping those numbers. It’s dozens at least.

  • raven

    Houston Muslims shaken after blaze rips through Islamic …


    3 days ago – Arson investigators with the Houston Fire Department were working to … on campus were stunned to hear about the fire at the Islamic center.

    This might have been the latest mosque bombing by xian terrorists, in Houston.

    I say might have been latest but really it’s been three days. Time enough for another firebombing somewhere.

  • Alverant

    Then there’s christian attacks on homosexuals and transexual people. I heard that about once a week so far in 2015 a transexual is murdered in this country. No stats on which religion the murderer was, but the numbers point to christians. One thing that annoys me is that christian terrorists seem to get a pass by being labeled “mentally ill” while muslims who do suffer from mental illnesses like PTSD are never allowed that excuse in the media.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #9

    Apparently, law enforcement has made an arrest in this incident.

  • busterggi

    Last I knew most of the Germans involved in the Holocaust were Catholic or Lutheran – so, as they were not Southern Baptists they weren’t real Christians.

  • Sexually assaulting children counts as violence. Plenty of christer clerics are doing it every day. It’s a perc!

  • felidae

    Not so long ago,Christian Serbs were slaughtering Muslim Bosnians and those fine, upright Christians in the USA were opposed to our sending in our troops to stop the genocide It all depends upon whose Ox be Goreth as to where the outrage lies