In the aftermath of the Planned Parenthood shooting by Robert Lewis Dear the left, unsurprisingly, gleefully rushed at the opportunity to talk about Christian terrorism even tho as I am writing this article a motive hasn’t been released.
While the left wants to tout Christian terrorism it simply doesn’t exist on any scale. According to the New York Times the only “Christian” (which I would challenge) group which has committed a terrorist attack since 2001 (to 2011) is the Ku Klux Klan and that attack had no deaths.
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, wrote on Patheos about Christian terrorism. Barker argued that Robert Dear, Eric Rudolph, Timothy McVeigh, Anders Behring Breivik were Christian terrorism yet we ignore Christian terrorism. One problem. Only one example he cited was of someone motivated by Christianity. In fact two of the examples cited weren’t even Christian.
Here’s what I wrote on McVeigh and Breivik for a future Credible Hulk post.
Anders Behring Breivik believes Jesus is “pathetic”. He has said that he is not and has never been Christian. He also prays and sacrifices to Odin. In fairness in his manifesto he did call himself 100% christian but he considers himself a cultural christian (believes in the culture but not in the religion).
Timothy McVeigh described himself as agnostic but did receive last rites from the Church.
As I said earlier we don’t know Dear’s motives yet. We only have speculation. When it comes to Eric Rudolph his attacks were between 1996 and 1998 and any attempt to claim a double standard off incidents which happened over 15 years ago is absurd.
Barker also confuses a Christian who commits an act with someone who is motivated by their Christianity when he writes
But so far, I have not seen anyone in the mainstream media use the phrase “Christian terrorist” to describe a Protestant or Catholic who commits terrorism.
The rest of Barker’s remaining arguments get into theological arguments which I won’t touch in this article as it’s beyond what I want to get into to. Christianity is under attack by the left and their nihilist motives. Christianity offers individualism which the left despise. As FA Hayek said “Individualism, in contrast to socialism and all other forms of
totalitarianism, is based on the respect of Christianity for the
individual man and the belief that it is desirable that men should
be free to develop their own individual gifts and bents. ”