Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily has always had a tenuous grip on reality, to say the least, but in his latest column he actually claims that there is no such thing as Christian terrorism and he challenges anyone to “name one instance of Bible-inspired terrorism.”
The Muslim Public Affairs Council Tweeted out kudos to the vice president for referring at a White House summit to right-wing extremists and supremacists committing violence “in the name of the Bible.”
“Biden just talked about the right-wing militias and supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,” commented the group on its Twitter account. “We wanted them (WH) to include other type of violent extremists. Now they have, let’s keep asking and push.”
The comments sounded similar to those by Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast where he reminded the nation about terrorism and violence “in the name of Christ” perpetrated by so-called Christians between 200 years ago and a thousand years ago.
Can I ask a simple question? Can Biden or Obama or anyone who pushed this moral equivalency pabulum name one instance of Bible-inspired terrorism? Just one, please. While Islam literally conducts a scorched-earth policy around the globe, where is that instance of Christian terror?
Apparently news of this newfangled Google thingamajig hasn’t yet reached Planet Wingnuttia. I won’t just give you one example, I’ll give you lots of examples. Let’s start with the Army of God, a group whose members have carried out multiple acts of terrorism in this country (and who regularly send death threats to a good friend of mine because he’s an openly gay journalist). Like Paul Hill, who murdered abortion doctor John Britton and his bodyguard James Barrett in 1994.
Of course, we could go on and on about Christian terrorists killing abortion doctors and bombing abortion clinics: James Kopp, who killed Bernard Slepian; Scott Roeder, who killed George Tiller; John Salvi, who attacked a clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts and killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols; and Eric Robert Rudolph, who bombed a gay bar and an abortion clinic in Atlanta, Georgia and most famously carried out the bombing of the Olympic Park in that city, killing one person and injuring more than 100 more. All of these people continue to be praised by the Army of God.
We could also talk about the Lord’s Resistance Army, which was founded as the United Holy Salvation Army and Uganda Christian Army/Movement. They have conscripted vast numbers of young boys into their army, turned young girls into sex slaves and murdered thousands and thousands of people, all in the name of establishing a nation that would follow the Ten Commandments. As one of their top commanders said:
Lord’s Resistance Army is just the name of the movement, because we are fighting in the name of God. God is the one helping us in the bush. That’s why we created this name, Lord’s Resistance Army. And people always ask us, are we fighting for the Ten Commandments of God. That is true – because the Ten Commandments of God is the constitution that God has given to the people of the world. All people. If you go to the constitution, nobody will accept people who steal, nobody could accept to go and take somebody’s wife, nobody could accept to kill the innocent, or whatever. The Ten Commandments carries all this.
In the Central African Republic right now, Christian militias are hunting down and killing the last remaining Muslims. We could, of course, also talk about the long and bloody conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland and elsewhere. And the KKK and Christian Identity movements, which have engaged in lynchings and bombings all over the country.
We could talk about Larry McQuilliams, who just two months ago tried to burn down a Mexican consulate in Texas and attack a police station carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
While the impetus for McQuilliams’ onslaught remains unclear, local authorities recently announced that he may have been motivated by religion — but not the one you might think. According to the Associated Press, police officers who searched McQuilliams’ van found a copy of “Vigilantes of Christendom,” a book connected with the Phineas Priesthood, an American white supremacist movement that claims Christian inspiration and opposes interracial intercourse, racial integration, homosexuality, and abortion. Phineas priests take their name from the biblical figure Phinehas in the book of Numbers, who is described as brutally murdering an Israelite man for having sex with a foreign woman, who he also kills. Members of the Phineas Priesthood — which people “join” simply by adopting the views of the movement — are notoriously violent, and some adherents have been convicted of bank robberies, bombing abortion clinics, and planning to blow up government buildings. Although McQuilliams didn’t leave a letter explaining the reason for his attack, a handwritten note inside the book described him as a “priest in the fight against anti-God people.”
How’s that, Joe? Enough for you? Oh, I’m sure you know what his response would be: Those aren’t Real Christians tm. Funny, that’s the same thing so many Muslims say.