|Picture taken from the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. High Resolution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Something very similar to what I have described above happened this week in Kansas City, Missouri. A couple important differences should be highlighted though: the driver of the SUV was a Christian, and the 15 year-old victim was a Muslim. Does this change anything? It seems to me that if we were inclined to consider the alleged offender a terrorist when we thought he was Muslim, finding out that he was Christian should not change that. Some have characterized this as an act of Christian terrorism.
According to The Kansas City Star, the alleged offender, 34 year-old Somali-born Ahmed H. Aden, "was known to have made frequent and violent threats against Muslims and the mosque, occasionally even threatening the mass slaughter of worshipers." It sounds like Aden was known to police and many members of the Somali community, having been reported multiple times for making what sound like serious threats against Muslims.
Assuming these allegations are true, Aden certainly sounds like a Christian extremist. But his violence would take him well beyond the extremist label. Does the Christian terrorist label apply here as well? I think it might. And sadly, this is not the first time Kansas City has had to confront Christian terrorism.
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