The Return of Christian Terrorism

From Alternet:

Threats of right-wing violence have doubled in the past year. What is behind the latest upsurge in the movement to create a Christian theocratic state?

By Mark Jurgensmeyer

April 15, 2010

When Scott Roeder, the murderer of Wichita Kansas abortion clinic provider Dr. George Tiller, had his day in court, he spent much of his rambling self-defense quoting the words of another abortion clinic assassin, Reverend Paul Hill. In the 1990s my own research had brought me into conversation with others in the inner circle in which Hill and Roeder were at that time involved. So it was a chilling experience for me to realize that this awful mood of American Christian terrorism—culminating in the catastrophic attack on the Oklahoma City Federal Building—has now returned.

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Many of the same people who readily see how horribly oppressive the Islamo-fascist states are to women as well as LGBT/T folks have a blind eye when it comes to the West’s own homegrown theocratic oppressors.   Yet Christianity has as bad a record as Islam does when it comes to committing genocide against people who do not believe the same sky daddy fantasies as they do.

The biggest problem with monotheism is it has too many gods.

No gods, No masters.

2 Responses to “The Return of Christian Terrorism”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    Since the 60s, perhaps as late as the 70s, I saw the Christian Right as the worse threat to democracy in the USA and Canada.
    Debate with these types is impossible for they know they are right and will not give an inch. After all, their god told them. The Muslim fanatics show how far these fanatical fundamentalists can and will go.

    And when the US government report stated that right wing fringe groups were the enemy, many tried to hoot it down, including the right wing radio nut jobs who urge them on, daily.

    These people are not rational; they cannot be deterred. We shall have a bad accounting one day.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    Well, that’s the problem with faith —– reason does not have any effect on believers. It is called “faith” for a reason.

    I hope that is beginning to penetrate the thick skulls of those who live in more “liberal” climes, and think they can convince “true believers” of ANYTHING.

    That’s one of the reasons I think the drive to find a definitive “cause” of transsexuality, and the thought THAT will change the minds of the haters is doomed.

    I’m quite sure we will come up with even more evidence proving we are truly “born this way”. I’m sure it will be trumpeted as “absolute proof” we are not transgendered.

    So what? We all know that already. We know that absolutely.

    At the same time, we MUST support the rights of ALL human beings. We must work with those “others” the HATERS lump us with.

    They will continue to hate us — no matter how smart, well off, Republican, racist, prejudiced, or any other damn thing we claim to be. If we toe the party line well enough, we MIGHT be among the very last to be purged/killed/put away/etc., etc., etc.

    It will make no difference how well known, how “pure” you are. It will not matter how many scientific proofs you can muster. If the “faithful” deem you “the devils spawn” (or some other colorful phrase) —– away YOU go. Thrown in with all the “trash” you railed against for all those years.

    Rights are not a zero sum game. We all benefit when we ALL gain our BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

    There does not have to be a reason.

    “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

    In case you do not know — that’s from our Declaration of Independence.

    It is a statement of Enlightenment ideals — ideals we have moved toward for over two hundred years. Now is NOT the time to abandon them. All means ALL!

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