July 14, 2006

Bombing Abortion Clinics


It seems like we don't hear as much about bombing attacks on abortion clinics now as we did a few years ago. It is tempting to conclude that this is a thing of the past and people have come to their senses. Unfortunately, this article (update: link no longer active) suggests that this is far from the truth.

Attacks on abortion doctors are probably the most common type of Christian terrorism in the United States. Most mainstream Christians are quick to dismiss those who carry out such attacks as fanatics who do not represent their religion. And yet, those who perpetrate such acts tend to be Christians who are motivated, at least in part, by their religious beliefs.

Does this sound familiar at all? Many of the same Christians insisting that "no real Christian" would ever bomb a clinic have little difficulty criticizing Muslims who make the same claim about terrorist acts committed by Muslims. Seems a bit hypocritical, doesn't it? If the Muslim terrorist who commits a violent act and claims to have been inspired by Islam is still a Muslim, why wouldn't the same be said for a Christian terrorist who does so?

If one is repeatedly told by one's Christian clergy that abortion is a form of genocide, then it is easy to see how one might be motivated to stop it. After all, who wouldn't want to end genocide? Moreover, if abortion is really genocide, it is not too difficult to imagine how someone might come to justify a clinic bombing as protecting the unborn.