The Reality of Christian Terrorism

For years now whenever I am in a debate with Christians and the topic reaches over into my anti-theistic view I constantly get answers along the lines of, "The Gospel teaches salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. There is no meriting salvation or earning righteousness. Everything in a Christian's life is gifted and there is no rational way to feel superior to others with a Christian belief." and "I don't see that really happening in the Christian world, but why should it bother him [in response to Sam Harris's video "Science can answer moral questions"] if people live out their own view? Apart from Muslim extremists, the average Christian goes to work, puts gas in his car, takes care of his family, and goes to movies just like anyone else. I don't see the warrant for the fear."

I see this view as frighteningly denialist, and my opinion is radically different (yes, I dared to use the word "radical" in a religious context). I agree with columnist Leonard Pitts Jr when he writes, "Many of us would doubtless resist referring to plots like [bombings of gay nightclubs and abortion clinics] as Christian terrorism, feeling it unfair to tar the great body of Christendom with the actions of its fringe radicals. And here, we will pause for Muslim readers to clear their throats loudly."

This is a very well written and important article regarding modern Christian Terrorism as it relates to the United States political climate and right-wing extremism.

Islam is a violent religion, certainly, and also one I consider to be much more violent than Christianity. But Christianity is far from the religion of love it's followers make it out to be. It has directly caused and instigated the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people throughout history, and it continues to do so today.

In this post I do not want to focus on the violent past of Christianity, although the first few entries will offer a brief overview. We all know about the gory Crusades and the horrific "Enlightenment," but that was just Christians doing what they had to do in order to initiate Christianity as the leading religious authority. At least that's what I get told whenever I bring it up, as though the agenda justifies the actions.

Christianity (i.e. the teachings of Christ) has led directly and mercilessly towards slavery, torture, genocide, sexism, and terrorism. As you will see in the links relating to book burnings, the Scopes trial, and Christian Science, Christianity has always stood stubbornly in the way of intellectual and scientific progress, promoting arrogance, self-righteousness, egocentricity and dangerous ignorance. Philosophically it leads to an intellectual cul-de-sac, and institutionally it condones depraved acts which are overlooked by deluded Christians wallowing in the centre of their religion of love because they consider "Christian terrorism" to be an impossible oxymoron, when in actual fact, based on past and present actions by Christian groups, the two go together like a match and petrol. I have tried to keep my sources more reliable than Wikipedia and blog posts. I encourage you to do your own research on these topics as well if you're interested, some of these sources naturally have their own biases. But regardless, the barefaced facts are too numerous to ignore. I also did not want to simply spam you with a list of atrocities and politics that you just have to take at face value, in defense of the masses of links.

Christian Intolerance
The Christian persecution of Paganism.
The destruction of the Pagan religion. AD 378-395
Law banning all religions other than Christianity.
Edicts against non-Christian worship.
Destruction of temples.
The burning of non-Christian books.
Mandatory worship: establishment of “The Lord’s Day.”

Pagans, heretics, religious wars etc. Interesting, albeit melodramatic article.
Marco Antonio de Dominis tortured and murdered by Rome in 1624 for his investigations in the phenomena of light, in particular because of his explanation of the rainbow.
Heliocentrism, Giordana Bruno, Galileo Galilei, Campanella and Copernicus.

Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica on heresy and heretics

ww2 : Christianity and anti-semitism

The warfare of science with theology

The absurd Scopes trial.

Christians encourage the destruction of books in modern times.

The religious involvement in the Rwandan genocide.

African Children Denounced As “Witches” By Christian Pastors. So far Nigerian pastors have been involved in over 100 incidents of murdered “witch children” and 13 churches have been named in case files. The nine year old boy, Nwanaokwo Edet had acid poured down his throat by his own father after their family pastor denounced him. He died a month later.

Ugandans use Christian Bible to justify ritual sacrifice of children.

Serbian genocide of Muslims in the 20th Century

Protestant death squads in Northern Ireland

Protestant terrorist organisation, The Orange Volunteers

The pope and the sex abuse scandal. There are nearly 300 000 children who have reportedly been sexually abused, molested, or raped by now.
Pope Led Cover Up Of Child Abuse By Priests
For US Abuse Victims, Crisis Reawakens Past Trauma
Pope Benedict Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Vatican Defends Pope; Victims' VoicesCatholic Bishop Says Children Want to be Sexually Abused or Were As...

Child molestation in the boy scouts. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is implicated because the Mormons acted as a charter organisation, or sponsor, for the local boy scouts troop.

Ted Haggard resigns from the church because of homosexual relations and drugs.

Pastor’s wife fasts for three weeks then dies.

One of many prayer death cases.

And another. There are also related links and stories at the bottom of this article. These cases litter the internet.
Prayer death cases: Google News Archive
Ruling through prayer alone under fire across country
Book: Faith healing, children, and the law

The Church of Christ, Scientist, or Christian Science Church with 400 000 adherents worldwide which promotes praying for healing over medical treatment. How to perpetuate prayer death and negligent child abuse 101.

Catholic fountain of Our Lady of Lourdes where Mary is said to have appeared to a (very) impressionable young girl. The fountain is said to have curative properties and hundreds flock to drink from it annually. Followers of Catholicism have been recorded in documentaries saying that they support drinking from this fountain more than seeking medical attention.
Dangerous medical cults, such as natural healing and homeopathy, which stand in the way of proper medical treatment and promote superstition and are dangerous.
Jehovah's Witness and Christian Science (two large Christian groups that promote faith healing) both dangerously reject proven medicine in favour of supernatural healing and Alternative medicine, for themselves and for their children.

Christian women who murder their children. Andrea Yates.
Christian Women Who Murder Their Children: What is Going on in the ... Please read the comments below this article, they offer more examples and names. This is a horrific reality.
South Africa. Michelle de Villiers murders herself and her two teenage daughters because she does not want to "go to God" without them.

Abstinence-only education amongst Christian and Catholic youth as opposed to comprehensive, intelligent sex education. This absurd aversion to sexual activity has resulted in teenagers being completely ignorant when it comes to sex so that when they want to make the decision about sexual intercourse for themselves they are completely stranded and damaged with regards to the useless information they have received. One of these articles even shows a Christian teen reaching out for information on how to have safe sex with her boyfriend, and the immediate response she gets is to stop having sex immediately. This is irrational, ignorant, and dangerous, and is essentially creating generation upon generation of ignorant, sexually frustrated, uneducated, misinformed people.
The Christian and Birth Control
Sexual Abstinence
Abstinence the best contraceptive
Good Christian advice
This article discusses how Christian women can cure themselves of their sexual "addictions."
The Pope says that Africa doesn't need condoms to curb the Aids virus, because the use of contraception is a sin, inspiring this response from Richard Dawkins. Dawkins says, "I wonder on what basis anyone can say condoms make Aids worse. The Pope is either stupid, ignorant, or dim."

American Family Association wants to stone to death the killer whale who killed his trainer. They say they are acting in accordance with the Old Testament.

Childhood religious indoctrination is child abuse.
A must-read article. Jesus Camp.

Sexism in modern Christianity.
Sexist South African evangelist, Angus Buchan, with 200 000 followers. He holds annual "mighty men" camps to tell men how to take their "rightful place" in the world. Coloumnist on Angus Buchan ; Mail&Guardian opinion piece.
The conservatives in Christian America plan on rewriting the history books to emphasise the role of religion, but not the separation of church and sate, and to shed women who adhere to traditional gender roles in a favourable light.

Pastor Pat Robertson says Haiti deserved the earthquake because of their past rebellions and pact making with the devil. Unfortunately, he is probably the only non-hypocritical Christian for saying this.

Anti-Semitic Romanian Orthodox fascist movements in Romania, such as the Iron Guard and Lăncieri, were responsible for involvement in the Holocaust, Bucharest pogrom, and political murders during the 1930s

Sons of Freedom, radical Russian Christian group in Canada, responsible for arson and violent protests.

National Liberation Front of Tripura in India, a rebel group operating in Tripura, North-East India classified by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism as one of the ten most active terrorist groups in the world, has been accused of forcefully converting people to Christianity.

The Nagaland Rebels of Nagaland, North-East India is a coalition of rebel groups including the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah, is a militant Christian terrorist group that has been involved in an ethnic conflict that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths since the Indian Declaration of Independence.

A number of Russian political and paramilitary groups combine racism, nationalism, and Russian Orthodox beliefs.

The Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. A quasi-religious movement that mixes Christianity with its own brand of spiritualism, the group reinforces its ranks by snatching and terrorizing children. LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.

The Klu Klux Klan has been engaged in arson, beatings, cross burning, destruction of property, lynching, murder, rape, tar-and-feathering, and whipping against African Americans, Jews, Catholics and other social or ethnic minorities.
KKK: background
They consider themselves a Christian organisation
Christian Knights

Apartheid in South Africa and the Christian Dutch Reformed Church. The Apartheid regime implemented heavy racial segregation laws based on what the Churches supported, condoned, and suggested, resulting in many horrific laws. Our country is still suffering from the effects of these laws today and will continue to do so for generations to come.

The Afrikaans Resistance Movement (Afrikaanse Weerstands Beweging) In South Africa. Eugene Terreblanche was trying to revive the movement in God's name but was assassinated 3 April 2010. The AWB have been responsible for racism, bigotry and active homophobia, burning and beating people. Eugene Terreblanche himself committed and ordered many of these atrocities. A recent news bulletin revealed that one black man he had beaten so severely that he suffered severe brain damage.
TThe AWB website vow: When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay itl for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

The Christian Identity Movement of which the KKK are a part of. A number of terrorist attacks, including the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics, were accused of being carried out by individuals and groups with ties to the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements; including the Lambs of Christ.

The Christian Patriot Movement. Many within the movement are also virulently racist and anti-Semitic, and some predicted that the end of U.S. law and the collapse of the economy would take place on January 1, 2000. The Christian Patriot Movement overlaps extensively in its beliefs with Christian Identity Movement, a racist movement that claims that whites are the physical descendents of biblical Israel, and the militia movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

A group called Concerned Christians were deported from Israel on suspicion of planning to attack holy sites in Jerusalem at the end of 1999, believing that their deaths would "lead them to heaven."

Mexicans worship Death as a Saint

Christian death cults plague rural China. "...dozens of underground Christian sects are vying for dominance in the Chinese countryside."

Joel's Army, theocratic Christian sect praying for Armageddon which casts itself as God's Avenging Army.

In 2010, a militant Christian group called Repent Amarillo has terrorized Amarillo, Texas, targeting groups they say don't match their definition of morality.

Eric Robert Rudolph, Christian Identity connections, bomber and terrorist.

Hutaree is a radical fundamentalist Christian militia group based in Adrian, Michigan. In 2010, nine of its members were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The Lambs of Christ. Self-deluded Christians. Their violent actions grossly contradict their “Christian” message.

Scott Roeder says he doesn’t regret killing abortion doctor George Tiller and "didn't do anything wrong."

These are all acts of terrorism surrounding abortion alone, including arson, attempted murder, assault, and explicit support of violent anti-abortion actions.

American weapons inscribed with hidden Bible verses. One of these pictures shows an encrypted John 8:12 "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Just so that everyone knows that the war in the Middle East actually is a religious war. Ten points for blatantly advertising that everyone is too deluded to realise that not only Christians live in America and go to war for it.

How to "cure" homosexuality.
American-based Christian ministries pushed Ugandan kill-the-gays bill
Uganda anti-homosexuality bill threatens liberties and human rights...
American based Christian ministries pushed the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill which states that all people engaging in homosexual activity should be put to death, all people harbouring homosexuals should be put to death, and all who have engaged in acts of serial homosexuality should be put to death. If someone has sex with someone of the same sex and does not report them, they are both put to death. If someone knows of a homosexual or a homosexual couple but does not report them then they are also put to death.
Enough said.

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Comment by kelltrill on April 8, 2010 at 9:17am
Agreed. I literally just found this pic in one of the forums I frequent and it sums up my opinion perfectly:
Comment by Apple on April 8, 2010 at 9:50am
"Unlimited_Facepalm_Works." haha, nice reference to Fate Stay/Night.

And I agree, people fail to see how Christianity as an institution has stood in the way of scientific progress and advancemnt in ethics for hundreds of years. We have seperation of church and state, yet interracial marriage was banned for everyone in the country no matter what faith, and all based on bible verses. It's easy to make the bible fit whatever message you want to present. Of course, Christians today will say they had "interpreted the verses incorrectly." Come on people, wake up!
Comment by Robert Ferentz on April 8, 2010 at 9:57am
Wow! Epic facepalm pic, Kelly.
Also, this is the kind of stuff that scares me.
I've been an atheist for most of my adult life and I only recently became more vocal about it because of how terrified I am of this sort of thing. While my personal experience is with Judaism (I'm an Israeli), it seems to be the same with all religions.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 8, 2010 at 12:02pm
It's really scary how people can hold these warped, limited world views all because of their book of fairy tales. The whole of monotheism MUST be stopped. Polytheism will fade away harmlessly, given enough time.

BTW, that whole "through faith alone" is an abortion of accountability, and I'm surprised I never realized how abhorrent the whole idea was when I was a believer. But then when you bring up Christians who do terrible things and ask if they will go to heaven, you get the same bull crap "But they weren't true Christians." But if you counter by asking "So you have to ACT like a decent person to get into heaven as well as believe?" you get a nonsense response of "No no no, you're only saved by believing."

OY! The whole idea is totally stupid, and it's amazing people still believe in this confusing garbage!
Comment by Lindsey on April 8, 2010 at 2:41pm
Thanks for all the links, I doubt I'll be able to read them all withoud becoming ill though.
Comment by kelltrill on April 8, 2010 at 2:52pm
@ Lindsey, Haha, I reckoned that would be the case for most people, no worries :) I just put them up there for reference sake. Some articles were hard to track down and I spent quite a while researching some of them. I'm going to keep adding to this list regularly to try to make it as up to date and comprehensive as possible. It's a useful list to have on hand the next time someone repeats that nonsense in the first paragraph to me.
@ Mario, I'm constantly fighting against how Christians try to justify the atrocities in the OT. They see it as culturally relative and always say I'm taking things out of context whenever I bring it up, but *this* is what it's fueled. Sigh.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 8, 2010 at 3:57pm
"Happy are those who take your little ones and dash them against the rocks." Yup. Happy phrase right there. Definitely taking it out of context.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 8, 2010 at 3:59pm
@Kelly. It's still bullcrap because if God was all-perfect and could see the future, he could've given the Israelites a leg-up on the rest of society by telling them right on the spot that slavery, genocide, and infanticide will be wrong in the future so they might as well be wrong for them during that time period. Does he? NO!
Comment by kelltrill on April 8, 2010 at 6:05pm
What's worse is that they are far from consistent with their own teachings and Biblical interpretations, which is why there are 38000 denominations. They generalise about their own religion like they generalise about everyone else, in the same way that I'm generalising now except that they just don't see it. Some say to ignore the OT, some say that the NT supports the OT, some say the God of the OT was evil etc. The whole deal is just a complete trainsmash, and that ^ proves it. That isn't even a comprehensive list, just the things that crossed my mind to research until I got hungry/tired.
Comment by Chetan D on April 10, 2010 at 12:40am
Religious people would never do so much research. This is the work of a rational human being- who also happens to love donkeys (awesome).

I doubt I'll be able to go through all of them. But this is epic!


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