Is there such a thing as Christian Terrorism? How do acts of terror by “supposed” Christians compare to that of Islamists and atheists?
I knew it would happen. A mentally distrubed individual who claimed to be a Christian would commit a politically motivated crime or murder, and the political left would pounce on this opportunity to demonize Christians and take the pressure off their beloved Islam and their beloved Planned Parenthood.
Now that it has happened, how should we respond?
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First, I think it is highly important that we do respond and that we plan our response! We will hear this objection over and over and over for the rest of our lives. Think about that, we now have our first case of “Christian Terrorism,” and we will hear that Christians are no different than Islamists. We must be prepared to answer this fallacious claim. In fact, we should be prepared to answer 3 questions.
- Is there such as thing as “Christian Terrorism?”
- Should we tone down anti-abortion rhetoric in light of the attack at Planned Parenthood?
- Is “Christian Terrorism” any different than Islamic Terrorism?
Is there “Christian Terrorism?”
By definition there can’t be true “Christian Terrorism”. Christianity by definition is the real religion of peace. Dr. Michael Brown’s recent post on this subject does a masterful job of explaining this. No where in our scriptures is there a single teaching of Jesus that encourages violence. Quite the opposite, we are encouraged to “love our enemies.”You probably noticed that as a unified front all of Christianity has censured Mr. Dear (the domestic terrorist) for his despicable act. I join them in this censure. Mr. Dear’s actions are the opposite of true Christian reaction to social issues.
The Muslim Times (does this surprise you?)ran this article which MSN.com picked up. The author interviewed a number of Robert Dear’s ex-wives to determine the level of his “Christianity.” They picture of him as a seriel adulter, a loner, possibly a rapist, and as “odd”. It doesn’t appear he attended church and all of his Christian interaction seems to have come in the form of rants he posted online. Just because someone “calls” themselves a Christian does make them a Christian.
Interestingly, Robert Dear also belonged to an online marijuana forum. No mention of him being a pot-smoking terrorist has emerged yet, although pot can certainly impare judgment. Other domestic terrorists who are mass killers have not been labeled as “Evolution believing Terrorists,” “Secular Humanist Terrorists,” or “Atheist Terrorists” but a very strong case can be made that the lack of moral absolutes in the beliefs of these other mass-killer terrorists contributed to a mind set that could contribute to their crimes.
If we compare Americas three largest religions on this issue:
- Islamic scriptures encourage violence against non-believers
- Atheism/Secular Humanism’s lack of moral absolutes don’t discourage violence
- Christianity strongly prohibits violence
I think it is time that Secular Humanism and its presumption that there isn’t a higher power setting a moral law should no longer be given a free pass in relation to the violence in the world today.
Should Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Cease?
In this article on MSN.com, liberals are calling for the end to all investigations of Planned Parenthood so as to avoid future violence against abortion facilities caused by inflamed emotions. Should we support this type of action? Heaven forbid! We should do just the opposite. We should hasten all investigations. The government’s dragging of their feet in this investigation has led to a limbo situation where the truth is not completely known. If Planned Parenthood is innocent, let’s clear their name. But if Planned Parenthood is guilty, let’s apply the full weight of the law quickly.
By the way, we do not yet know what incited Mr. Dear to take the actions he did. He has made statements about “no more baby body parts,” but I find it reprehensible that liberals are jumping on this bandwagon assuming that an anti-abortion, pro-life position led to this horrible act of murder and mayhem. Let’s know with certainty before we make claims as to his motives. What has come forward so far is that prior to his act, Mr. Dear didn’t seem overly concerned about anti-abortion issues prior to his act and wasn’t affliated with any anti-abortion groups. What (or who) incited this “weak minded” individual to become a terrorist?
What is the Difference Between This Act and Muslim Terrorism?
This is the most important of all the questions. Notice how the Muslim Times were very quick to investigate possible “Christian” links to Mr. Dear. This is because they know that Islam encourages terrorism and they want to do everything they can to deflect the blame to others. Let’s look at graphic that examines the differences:
|Aspect of Terrorism||Islam||Christianity||Atheism|
|Scriptures||dozens of scriptures encourage violence||dozens of scriptures prohibit violence||Atheist literature promotes no absolute moral standards leading to no prohibition of violence|
|Leaders||Most Muslim leaders do NOT condemn Islamic Terrorism||Nearly all Christian leaders condemn acts of terrorism by individuals claiming to be Christian||Nearly all Atheist leaders condemn terrorism|
|Number of Terrorist Acts||27,000 + attacks since 9/11/2001*||possibly one||351 USA mass-shootings in 2015 mostly by atheists**|
In conclusion, we must be prepared with an answer. I think the table above is a good reference to keep in mind. I recommend being sure to include the sacred cow of the religion of Atheism in your defense. This will shock those who challenge you who probably have never considered the effect of a lack of faith on violence.
Second, if you agree with this post, share it on social media and share it with your government representatives. If they aren’t aware of these findings, they may believe media hype.
Third, persecution of Christians will exacerbate from incidents just like this that have nothing to do with Christianity. Is your church prepared to face it? Pick up two copies of this book Are We Ready For Jesus (one for you and one for your pastor) to find out things we need to do to prepare for the hard times coming. You can buy it at www.arewereadyforjesus.com/buy-the-book/