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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism

From a Huffington Post blog today ......

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Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism.

It's shocking to write. But it's time to start calling it what it is.

When Jim D. Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with 76 rounds and a shot-gun, he killed 2 people and was charged with murder. His motive was "he hated the liberal movement" and was upset with "liberals in general as well as gays." He should have been charged with terrorism.

Today, George Tiller, the Wichita doctor was killed INSIDE the lobby of his Wichita church. Reformation Lutheran Church became a crime scene; fundamentalist terrorism.

The right wing media hacks make targets of the left. The fundamentalist reverends blather their intolerance of other Americans. Their marriages are in jeopardy if the GLBT community can walk down an aisle. Their children are going to be molested if you have to rent to a same sex couple. Fear...fear...fear the queer.

Bill O'Reilly's hit piece on Dr. Tiller is a training tape for Christian Fundamentalist Terrorists. Never did he ask the woman interviewed how she, as a 13 year old, got pregnant or where her parents were when she underwent an abortion at Dr. Tiller's clinic. I'm sure O'Reilly's drivel will insist on personal accountability for the murderer. I'm sure he won't be in line for any "accountability" for calling the doctor "Tiller the baby-killer" or his clinic a "death mill."

Are anti-choice groups celebrating today? An abortion doctor is dead so women won't have unwanted pregnancies!

The "war on terror" needs to include domestic terrorists.

- Shannyn Moore

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post. Sad, but papal terrorist need to be exposed. Of course the reply will be: Well the doctor killed thousands. Turn about is fair play. Jack

2:52 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Well, not my post really, I just pasted that Huffington blog post. Pretty discouraging stuff.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Richardd said...

Crystal. Its hard not to jump in here, but I think your instinct to get back to the substance of your faith is correct. This kind of disctraction will never go away. A prayer for Dr. Tillman and his family and the rest of us that we may be mindful of what we say and how effects those around us.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous richard said...

pardon me, Dr. Tiller

10:48 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Richard,

Yeah, I feel very disturbed. I probably wouldn't have posted this if I hadn't read all the comments at dotcommonweal, many of which seemed to be justifying murder, as long as the person murdered is "bad".

12:19 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

Just think, about a month ago the GOP was complaining because the Justice Department had released a report on right-wing terror.

One thing about dotcommonweal -- It's a great site and the magazine itself is very good. Several people involved with it go to my parish. Still, I have to remind myself not to get too far into the comments because there are a handful of people who certainly aren't typical of average American Catholics -- I think they're not even representative of average conservative Catholics -- who drop by to say the same thing over and over again. I don't know why someone would haunt a progressive website to continuously imply that anyone that doesn't agree with them is not a real Catholic and is responsible for genocide, etc., but their narrow views have more to do with their own personal insecurities than with any real ideas, liberal or conservative, heterodox or orthodox. Don't let them get under your skin, and don't take their bait.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Mike L said...

Reading comments on other blogs is more than a bit scary, far too many people, in my opinion, are too close to the edge of approving of illegal violence. Jack seems to be right about their response, except that they neglect the fact that the Doctor was acting legally and his killer was not. There is a moral difference.

I think it also points out how violence escalates. The Washington Post points out that accosting women on their way to an abortion clinic is (or at lest can be) a form of violence. Calling our president a baby killer and murderer is in effecting asking some wacko to try to kill him. A bishop claiming "we are at war" can easily be heard as permission to kill. We need to consider our words carefully if we want others to hears what we say.

Hugs and peace,

Mike L

8:20 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Liam,

That's interesting about Commonweal. I don't know much about it. I noticed one guy who had commented a lot on that thread is also someone who often writes for the more conservative First Things.

11:49 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Mike,

Yes. Just a couple of months ago, I had posted about that hate crimes bill and some people had complained that the church and her conservative memebers might get in trouble for saying hateful things about gays. That bill would not have prohibited hateful speech, only acts, but what we say does have consequences.

11:53 AM  

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