|"The End" Referring to the end of Catholic influence in the US. Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty 1926 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Just like we distinguish between Muslim extremists and terrorists on the basis of their behavior (e.g., terrorism involves actual or threatened violence), we can distinguish between Christian extremists and Christian terrorists.
When I think of Christian terrorism, I first think of those who bomb family medical clinics, murder doctors, etc. (e.g., Paul Hill). This seems to be the most common form of terrorism linked to Christians. But there are others with other preferred targets. Some examples include:
- Baptists' Threatening South Carolina Library Program
- Attempted Church Bombing in Texas
- Death Threats Against Colorado Biologists
Christian terrorism is a real concern, reminding us that Muslims do not have a premium on religiously-inspired aggression. Opposing Christian extremism remains a worthwhile goal, but one which must not overlook the even more sinister reality of Christian terrorism.