Bleating about “Christian” terrorism

From media analyst Brent Bozell:

The leftist comedians really should have stopped this gunk when Rosie O’Donnell announced on “The View” nine years ago that “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America” because the United States was at war in Iraq. (Rosie would never be able to define non-radical Christianity because in her warped world, that’s an oxymoron.)

But it just keeps coming. South African import Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show,” took Christianity back to 1478 for a whipping: “Islam is a religion. It’s open for violent interpretation, and it’s open for peaceful interpretation. Just like how Christianity can encompass both the Spanish Inquisition and the little old lady in church who keeps talking to you about cat’s diabetes medicine. So, basically, torture either way.”


Feel safer now that we’ve got that straight?

Then there are the feminists who love to make comparisons of Christianity and radical Islam by implying that Christians should be defined as abortion-clinic personnel killers. Late-term abortionist George Tiller was shot at his Lutheran church in 2009, and then you have to go back to Dr. Barnett Slepian being shot in his own home in 1998. How many tens of thousands have perished at the hands of Islamic radicals during that time frame?

Those tens of thousands don’t matter, any more than the unborn kids do. What matters is a safe spill before an appreciative audience, who also don’t want to face facts about risks. Performer and audience encourage each other.

Reality check: Brent, if we could just can the pseudo-outrage for a minute, the pop media reaction makes perfect sense: Christian terrorism is not a serious public threat. So anyone can amuse themselves by howling about it in safety. Most listeners don’t really care as long as they haven’t lost a leg themselves to a bomb, and even so, they expect the government to give them a leg up, so to speak.

Seriously, who else would listen to these people anyway?

Even Christians employed by government or on social benefits will tend—it is the natural effect of such programs—to ignore obviously false claims. It’s far, far easier to point to some offensive non-threat somewhere (Westboro Baptist Church anyone?) than to face up to what one has oneself become, through complacent, occasionally fearful, dependency.

And anyone who does react or complain deserves what they get, right? Must be bad people. Need repentance.

See also: Yet another whine about “media ignorance of religion”  Reality: They can afford to ignore or distort American religion, or launch persecutions against it, as long as Christians and Jews vote for progressives, against their own best interests—and fund their PR agencies, legacy media.

  • My God. Is Trevor Noah still on TV???

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Trevor Noah makes Kenny Bania seem funny.
      He’s a hack.

      • andycanuck

        When the guy’s first official statements to the American press were that he was more scared of being killed by a U.S. cop for being (part!) black than he was in South Africa, you could tell what a lying scrunt he is.

        • Don’t worry, his day is coming soon. You can’t spit in the face of truth forever and expect to escape unscathed.

          There’s an old adage from Eastern Europe:
          “He who spits toward heaven will end up with spittle on his chin”.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Jackie the Joke Man has a joke about how pleasant people from the South are.
            He says they say things like, ‘It’s a good thing my mouth was open or that bird would have shit right on my face’.

  • UCSPanther

    Yelling about “Christian” terrorism is a classic case of “passing the buck”. The left knows that their rotten ideological policies sowed the seeds for our current predicament, but they do not want to admit it.

    Passing the buck is their only defense, and it is becoming increasingly ineffective.

    • I worked in the Church for some 20 years in my younger days (non-clergy laity volunteer). Christians can be “cruel” especially if they perceive that you have stepped out of line on some dogmatic point. Their response is usually “shunning”, and they’re not very good at investigating when a fellow believer is falsely accused of something. I think we witnessed some of that with former P.M. Harper and the way he treated some of his own Cabinet members who happened to be Christian.

      But Christians are NOT going to shoot you or blow you up. And the irony is, harsh discipline such “shunning” or ex-communication is reserved for their own members — they have no expectation whatsoever that non-believers are supposed to adhere to the rules of Christianity. You certainly won’t be killed if you decide not to be a Christian. In essence, the rules of Christianity are applied no differently than the membership rules of any club or private organization in a free Democratic society constrained by the rule of law.

      The Left is salivating over Islamic Jihad because they see Muslims as an opportunity to punish Christians, Jews and other minorities — they view radical Islam as a movement that can be manipulated to act as the Left’s “enforcers” to usher in fascist Socialism. It’s an opportunity for the Left to seize absolute power by using Muslims as their front to subvert the rule of law and our Democratic freedoms, without any risk to the fascist Left themselves.

      • Brian Jones

        The worst outsiders might get from Christians is pamphlets or a prayer vigil.

        Which is why I’ve been much amused this year to see ol’ Marilyn Manson’s bloated carcass tsk tsking about how Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists were asking for it and of course he quickly cancelled the concert he was supposed to have in Paris earlier this week. Big brave man in attacking Christianity and running like hell and blaming the victims when genuinely dangerous fundamentalists are involved.

        But, y’know, those prayer vigils of the late 90s were truly just as PTSD-inducing as Islamic massacres, I suppose.

  • SDMatt

    Again: the number of people put to death in the 300 years of the Inquisition is roughly the same as the number of people killed in one day by the 9/11 Islamic terrorists.

    Plus the first Inquisition on Spanish soil was run by the 12th century Muslim Almohad invaders.

    • andycanuck

      The Spanish Inquisition was also the first jurisdiction in Europe to declare witchcraft was a fantasy and not based in reality. I can’t recall the date for 1500s or 1600s but it was long before England’s last official witchcraft execution, 1701, and Scotland’s (as part of Britain) in 1745.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Popular culture has distorted the perceptions of the Inquisition.
        In this case it’s English historical antagonism to the Spanish that first informed mine.
        I love it being only one and a half generations removed from the old country.

        • UCSPanther

          Queen Mary’s Inquisition did not help.

        • andycanuck

          Yes, it shows that the troupe who were raised during and just after WW2 were being taught that in grade and the UK’s high school equivalent enough that they thought it mock-worthy at the turn of the 1970s.

  • WalterBannon

    If they are going to falsely equate the two religions by dredging up prehistoric times, well then so be it, but then we get to round up some muslims and burn them at the stake – if we are going to be painted with the same brush then we get to do that

  • Exile1981

    I know an NDP supporter who actually believes that she is more likely to be murdered by Christians for not converting than she is to die by muslims.

    She kept going on about Harper taking women back to the stone age. I gave up years ago trying to get a real fact into her head.

    • Brian Jones

      A friend of mine who also votes NDP was shocked to learn I vote Conservative, being that I’m not Christian. He seemed to genuinely think it was the political arm of the evangelical Christians.

      Even funnier was that he asked why I vote Tory and as I rattled off the reasons I could see the confusion in his face as it all sounded reasonable. I could see the wheels turning on the taxes thing in particular: “Wait a minute, I hate paying taxes too… oh crap…”

      At least this guy is more reasonable on the Islam front than your acquaintance; he just keeps hoping Trudeau will change his mind about importing more muslims.

  • John

    Were there any equivalence between Islam and other religions, ISIS would have Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain divisions…but it doesn’t.

    Liberals need their equivalence crutch in order to shore up their denial about Islam. By pretending there’s a precedent for ISIS in other religions, Christianity in particular, liberals can downplay and diminish the immense, unique and unprecedented threat we’re all facing.

    It’s all part of the mechanics of denial

    It’s interesting to note that apart from the soccer stadium, all the other Parisien venues attacked were largely frequented by precisely the same kind of trendy liberals so ready to invoke the equivalence argument.

    Those attacks were a direct and deliberate assault on the bohemian/lefty lifestyle, its cafés, its restaurants and its concert halls.

    And yet they STILL don’t get it.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Have to rewrite that Who song Eminence Front and call it Equivalence Crutch.

      • John

        Yeah, good idea!