Understanding Terrorism Will Be Harder if We Ignore Christians

Understanding Terrorism

It seems that there is more than enough Christian hate to go around. It is no surprise that some Christians act on their hateful and sometimes violent impulses. After reminding us about some of the prior acts of Christian terrorism, William Hamby (Secular News Daily) notes:

In total, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, and 3 kidnappings in America committed by Christian terrorists over the issue of abortion alone.

Nobody is making the claim that all Christians are terrorists. That would be absurd. But it is equally absurd to deny that someone is a Christian because they do something with which one disagrees. As Herb Silverman (The Secular Outpost) put it:

Here’s what I don’t accept: the claim that Breivik is not a “true” Christian because of what he did. Yes he is. You might not like the kind of Christian he is, but he is what he says he is. So is “God hates fags” Christian Pastor Fred Phelps. Similarly, Osama bin Laden was a true Muslim. The Crusaders were true Christians, as were those who murdered abortion doctors, as were most Nazis.

H/T to Jobsanger