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“Christians Can Jihad, Too”

Yes, they sure can, young white man. Thank you for pointing that out for all the nice Americans watching. Talking Points Memo has a short article about a youngster who allegedly set fire to a mosque.

Court documents obtained by the Associated Press show that Crawford ranted against Muslims in his conversations with police and said that Christians were also capable of jihad.

“You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him,” a court document quotes Crawford as telling an officer after he was arrested on Dec. 14 for a charge unrelated to the firebombing. “Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.”

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Blog Post Recommend: Breitbart–Whoops Breivik Edition

Mantiq al-Tayr has two new posts related to the right-wing Christianist massacre of children in Norway. It’s the Zionism, Stupid deals with the American media’s willful refusal to acknowledge the role of public islamophobes and other demagogues.

Also see Their Blood is Not Just on Breivik’s Hands.

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It’s Never Too Early to Assume the Killer is a Muslim

Wonkette culled some comments from Free Republic. These guys know what religion the killer is. Gotta be Muslim, right?

Nobody knows what’s really going on in Oslo or at the holiday camp island in Norway where a bombing and a shooting have left many people dead, but it’s always safe for American Idiots on the Internet to jump in with a suspect (“Muslims”) and a verdict (“guilty”) and a list of co-conspirators (“Obama and the liberals”) and a punishment (“kill ‘em all”). No matter that a tall blond man of “Norwegian appearance” and wearing a police uniform is described as the shooter on Norway’s Utoya Island — thee muslins are increasingly able to appear as whatever people or things they want to appear as, just like the Cylons or Harry Potter. Here’s what the foreign policy experts at FreeRepublic.com are saying about the attacks right now:

* But thank God we’re safe here in the US with the man-thing Janet Napitalano focusing on “white terrorists” rather than worrying herself about Muslim terrorists. /s

* As tragic as this is, at least when and if we ever get a president who really wants to fight terror, we’ll have reliable allies in the effort.

* Execute everyone involved!

Indeed! Execute all tall blond men of Norwegian appearance.

* “Wipe them out….All of them!”

Insightful tweet:

* RayburnThompson R. Alex Thompson
Dems just blocked a balanced budget, and there’s a terrorist attack in Norway… and #whenblackpeoplegetpaid is the top trending topic?

* This will not stop until a real war on islam begins… and we all know that it is muslim demons that are doing this.
The Norwegians need to round up every Muslim in the country and send them packing, immediately. We need to do the same thing, but of course we never will.

* That’s one thing the appeasers just don’t get. Sure they might not blow you up while you’re slowing giving up your way of life to theirs, but any holdups in that process will poush the warfare from cultural to general violence very quickly. Basically, submit or die. It’s what the islamics say and it’s what anyone with any sense understands. The PC types have no sense.

* That second explosion is a fake.

* Obviously this was retaliation by Islamic terrorists for the publication of cartoons 5, 6, years ago depicting Mohammad. As you can see Muslims never forget an affront… they are still fighting the invading Crusaders from 1500 years ago! We’re fighting this war on terrorism the wrong way. Instead of us just reacting to the threats and spending trillions of dollars in the process, what we need to do is that every time there’s a terrorist bombing we should select a Muslim city, at random, and bomb a few square blocks, equal to the terrorist bombing. That will give them something to think about…!

Haha, yes, the Crusades that began 1500 years ago. Before the birth of Muhammad, apparently.

* Interesting you mentioned them running the drug trade, I see reports the muslims push drugs in many non muslim countries. Interesting for such a devout people but they are victimizing non muslims, so it’s ok. I’ve also read they carry out Hatfield-McCoy type clan killings and wipe out muslim families down to the babies. They decide if you did something “wrong” to their family your whole seed is imperfect and they kill everyone. Meanwhile, we are taught how bad Christians are.

It’s simply beautiful that this commenter doesn’t see the irony of referring to the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

CNN called this a RANDOM act of terror
No. RANDOM would be if they killed Christane Amanpour.

Ugh.

Here’s an AP article about the attacker, which says he was “a right-winger with anti-Muslim views but no known links to hardcore extremists.” Disappointingly but not surprisingly, it does not mention his religion. I’m guessing it’s not Islam.

UPDATE: Let’s preemptively kill/arrest/deport everyone who looks like this? Yeah, that’ll fly.

UPDATE #2: The Guardianhas an article profiling this guy. Guess what! He is a Christian. Shocker.

Another significant event was being baptised into the Protestant church of “his own free will” at the age of 15. More recently, however, he had expressed his disgust at his own church. “Today’s Protestant church is a joke,” he wrote in an online post in 2009. “Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic.”

And for the sake of search engines: Christian terrorism Christian terrorism Christian terrorism.

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Christian Arrested for Planning Mass Murder

Here’s just another story of a violent Christian, and of course the American media downplays the role of Christianity in the planned violence. Because he’s Christian, duh, not Muslim.

Employees at a Motel 6 in Madison called police after Ralph Lang, 63, told them he had accidentally discharged a firearm in his room, according to a criminal complaint provided to The Wisconsin State Journal.

Lang told Madison Police Department Officer Angie Dyer that he had purchased the gun in 2009 to “lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

The criminal complaint (PDF) explains that he told the officer he intended to find the abortion doctor at the local Planned Parenthood clinic and “shoot him in the head.”

Asked if he intended to shoot only the doctor or the nurses too, he replied that he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down.”

Lang recalled that he was in Madison the prior week but did not murder anyone because he “was not 100% in sync with God.”

Officers found a map in the suspect’s room with dots in each state and the words “some abortion providers.” The phrase “Blessed Virgin Mary says Hell awaits any woman having an abortion” was also written on the map.

In 2007, Lang was arrested at the same Planned Parenthood clinic after he told an officer that the “Bible states that anyone involved in abortion should be executed.”

“God, Bible, virgin Mary.” Something tells me this story would be handled differently if he’d mentioned the qur’an and the sahaba, and called God “Allah.”

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But What Religion is Loughner, Part 2

The AP had a long piece giving a little bit of background on America’s latest bigtime terrorist, Jared Loughner, who they refuse to label a terrorist although he was proud to declare himself one. All these paragraphs, yet neither the reporter nor the editor nor, apparently, the public thought to give a damn about his religion. This would be completely different if only one factor were different. It could be his name, say if there were a Muhammad or an Ahmad or even a Samir in there. It could be the appearance of being of African descent. A few tones darker, and the Malkins and Gellers would be making assumptions. It could be having taken a class in comparative religions or an attempt at learning a challenging foreign language. Or travel. All of those things would send the media machine shrikeing about “radicalization,” politicians bloviating, and reporters digging up Loughner’s and his family’s religious background like a pack of bloodhounds.

But Jared Loughner is named Jared Loughner and he’s blindingly white and apparently went through his life without being charmed by any other cultures. So although he very cleary carried out a premeditated act of multiple murder in a public place with the intend to change other people’s behavior, our media and politicians will not label him a terrorist.

Peter King, congressman and Irish terrorist sympathizer will continue with his plans to hassle the Muslim community in the US. The Jewish Anti-Defamation league will continue to be silent about anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry. Geller, Malkin, Schlussel, Pipes, Spencer, and the rest of the “I’m a xenophobic ignoramus” choir will sing the same song they’ve been singing. “Muslims bad. Christian good.”

There is actually this one little bit about Christianity in the article. Notice how the reporter downplays it. This is the No True Scotsman fallacy: although Loughner is expressly talking about Christianity, the reporter (the supposedly impartial, unbiased reporter who is just giving us the facts, mind you) interjects his little disclaimer:

Loughner was arrested in October 2008 on a vandalism charge near Tucson after admitting he scrawled the letters “C” and “X” on a road sign in a reference to what he said was Christianity.

See? “In reference to what he said was Christianity.” I imagine the reporter or editor or both were expecting a firestorm of outrage if they left out “he said was.” Because the American public knows that if you leave out the ETA, the IRA, the Lord’s Resistance Army, the KKK, folks who assassinate doctors, and myriad others, Christianity is always peaceful today. Nevermind the Crusades and the Inquisition, which happened back in the mists of time.

Interestingly, to show how Christianity-soaked our country is, the Sheriff’s captain mentioned in the article is named Chris, the 9-year-old that Jared murdered is named Christina, and one of the reporters of this piece is named Christy. (Turns out there were five reporters involved, and although I used the male pronoun, most of them were women–good).

So as a friend of mine pointed out, there is no outcry that Loughner “lawyered up.” He remained silent and sought the legal help of a lawyer, just as we expect white Americans to do when they massacre. There were no calls to throw him into Guantanamo and let him moulder there. He was embraced by the US justice system, and the US public is perfectly happy with that. After all, he had mental problems and just needs help, the poor boy.

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US citizen who just needs some help, poor boy

US citizen killed by Israeli commandos, no protest by US

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Oregon Terrorism Case; Religious Extremists Murder Two

You just don’t rate as a terrorist in the American media unless you’re Muslim and dark-skinned. Nevermind if you’re a religious fanatic who builds a bomb (even without FBI help!), sets it off in an occupied public place, and kills a couple of local police officers. You still won’t be called a terrorist.

Thanks to this site, Blue Oregon, and this site, Blogtown, I am just now learning about these two homegrown terrorists.

A CBS news article doesn’t even bother to mention their religious extremism. Not surprising, since Christianity is never blamed for violence in the United States. Statistics aren’t even kept. Wikipedia even deleted its “American terrorists” page.

From the Blogtown post:

Father and son Bruce and Joshua Turnidge are facing aggravated murder charges for allegedly building a bomb and planting it at a bank in Woodburn Oregon. The blast killed two police officers and took the leg of another who responded to a phone call warning employees to get out of the bank. When FBI agents stopped by his house, devout Christian Bruce Turnidge struck up conversation about the importance of the right to bear arms (saying, “Every ballot should come with a bullet.”) and called Obama a racial slur. His house was filled with weapons and friends testified as state witnesses at the trial that he had tried to organize an anti-government militia and cheered that the Oklahoma City bombings would “teach the government a lesson.”

…a family friend said the Turnridges had more than 50 conversations about how to blow up a bank.

Both blogs rightly point out that this case was handled completely differently because the perpetrators are white Christians.

Say, did you even hear about this guy? He’s a Serbian immigrant, very likely a Christian, although no media has bothered to tell us his so, who assembled the largest cache of home-made explosives in history. I say very likely a Christian because Serbia is known to have gone to some trouble to ethnically cleanse itself of Muslims.

An unemployed man was in police custody today after the discovery of the largest cache of homemade explosives ever found in the US.
Police were called to the home of George Jakubec after 49-year-old gardener Mario Garcia was seriously injured in an explosion.

He successfully injured somebody, too, but a brown man, and that’s no doubt part of why he didn’t get labeled SCARY TERRORIST. Seriously injure, apparently. Poor Mario.

In a little noticed report over the weekend, a gardener was in serious condition after triggering an explosion when he stepped in a powdery substance on the grounds.

Loonwatch addresses this here, in one of their “What if He Were a Muslim” posts.

On another note, I’m kind of wondering why the headline for the Mohamed Osman Mohamud story wasn’t “FBI Plots, Thwarts Bombing.”

I’m talking about this story.

But it may also just as easily be the case that the FBI — as they’ve done many times in the past — found some very young, impressionable, disaffected, hapless, aimless, inept loner; created a plot it then persuaded-manipulated-entrapped him to join, essentially turning him into a Terrorist; and then patted itself on the back once it arrested him for having thwarted a “Terrorist plot” which, from start to finish, was entirely the FBI’s own concoction.

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More Homegrown, Christian Terrorists

Talking Points Memo has the story.

Nine members of the Christian militia group Hutaree have been indicted on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Attorney in Michigan announced this morning.

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One thing driving me crazy about this story is that the Hutaree website claims that “Hutaree” means “Christian soldier,” without ever mentioning what language it supposedly is!

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I Had Really Underestimated White, Christian Privilege

Consider the cases of Joseph Stack and Amy Bishop, who crashed a plane into an office building while 200 people were inside, and who shot up a bunch of colleagues at a faculty meaning, respectively.

Because I’m an arabist and I’m dead tired of seeing Islam being tied to terrorism, I’m going to point out that both of these characters have inherently Christian names. Yet there are no pundits proclaiming, “As soon as I heard the name ‘Joseph,’ I knew it was Christian violence,” or “What else would you expect from someone named ‘Bishop‘?” The news doesn’t bother to report on their church attendance, their church background or lack of it, or how many times a day they might have uttered the damning phrase, “Jesus Christ!” which we all know translates to “I’m going to kill you,” just like “Allahu akbar” does.

Amy Bishop shot her brother dead with a shotgun, brandished the shotgun at a stranger, and still managed to get a pretigious job and the respect of society and her peers. Joe Stack is actually being praised by various personalities. Yes, after the fact! A case in point is this archetypal white man over at Renew America (I will not be linking to it), as discussed on World-O-Crap:

This week, Chuck [Baldwin] examines the case of an Austin, Texas man who deliberately crashed a private plane into an office building, and points out that the real tragedy is the loss of a potential Chuck Baldwin voter.

These are Chuck Baldwin’s words:

In what was obviously a reference to what he was about to do, he wrote, “Nothing changes unless there is a body count.” … Stack wrapped up his manifesto by saying, “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”

My heart goes out to Joe Stack! … We all share Joe Stack’s pain!

Chuck Baldwin, of course, is just a moron, but our newly-elected senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, who drives a truck, also expressed sympathy for Joe Stack’s position. Just as if he hadn’t committed an act of terrorism on US soil. From the Washington Monthly:

And while I have no real interest in the “debate” over the killer’s bizarre ideology, I couldn’t help but notice that Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) seems to think he can relate to the deranged suicide bomber at some level.

Appearing on Fox News soon after Stack flew an airplane into a building, Brown told the national television audience that he “feels for the families” affected by the attack. In the next breath, however, the senator added:

“I don’t know if it’s related but I can just sense not only in my election, but since being here in Washington, people are frustrated. They want transparency. They want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things affecting their daily lives. So I am not sure if there is a connection, I certainly hope not, but we need to do things better.”

Brown added that an incident like the one in Austin is “extreme,” but added, “No one likes paying taxes obviously.”

So, let me get this straight. An anti-government nut flies an airplane into a building and Scott Brown thinks the incident reminds him of … his own campaign? Indeed, Brown almost seems to be rationalizing the actions of a domestic terrorist, as if Stack’s murders can be understood if we just appreciate how “frustrated” people are.

As for the ubiquitous unnamed officials, they rushed to assure the world that a man intentionally flying a plane into an occupied office building during the workday was something other than terrorism. After all, it’s not like he was brown.

The building set on fire by Stack’s suicide flight was still burning Thursday afternoon when officials confidently stood before reporters and said the crash wasn’t an act of terrorism, but others look at Stack’s actions and fail to understand how he differs from foreign perpetrators of political violence who are routinely labeled “terrorists.”

joe Joseph stack terrorist terror terrorism crash suicide irs building 200

The not-a-terror-attack aftermath

But a Muslim guy doing the same thing? Hoo boy. And even more so if he had uttered a prayer or spoken to a preacher recently.

The Christian Science Monitor believes it has neatly explained away why Joseph Stack’s attack is not terrorism but Nidal Hasan’s attack is:

But the pattern of the attack – including that Mr. Stack apparently lit his house on fire beforehand – fits less into the mold of a terror conspiracy and more neatly into a profile of the solo-flying rebel with a personal beef, the details of which are fueled by partisan rhetoric and current events.

A personal beef fueled by partisan rhetoric and current events is totally different when a white Christian does it, duh.

The New York Daily News has an article enumerating some sites and public figures hailing Joseph Stack as a hero.

THE FIRES in Austin were still burning yesterday when the Internet lit up with government haters cheering suicide pilot Joe Stack and calling him a hero.

“Finally an American man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the Constitution,” wrote Emily Walters of Louisville, Ky.

Walters was one of at least two dozen people who founded Facebook fan groups to hail the homicidal pilot.

Most had only a tiny handful of members, but hers attracted more than 200 before Facebook removed it.

“Joe Stack, you are a true American Hero and we need more of you to make a stand,” tweeted Greg Lenihan, an engineer in San Diego.

One founder of a Stack fan club on Facebook, Rick Wagner, is a pilot in Minnesota. His “about me” quote, which one hopes is a joke, reads:

“When I go I want to be able to look back and tell all the passengers to quit screaming.”

This Fox News story clears up the identity of the naysaying government officials a little:

The Department of Homeland Security said it did not believe the crash was an act of terrorism.

If the DHS can’t recognize terrorism any better than that, why the hell are we wasting money on them? Hey, DHS, read your own publication:

Second, U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 113B, section 2331(5) provides a definition of domestic terrorism:
[T]he term “domestic terrorism” means activities that— (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Is there anything there saying if a guy with a name like Joseph Stack does it, it isn’t terrorism? Am I missing the “His name must include Muhammad” annex?

Back to Amy Bishop. In 1986 this woman got away with shooting her brother dead with a shotgun! She went on to use the same shotgun rob a car dealership. And look at how the police dealt with this white woman:

Polio, the Braintree police chief at the time, said yesterday that he knew Bishop had to be apprehended at gunpoint, but he said he did not know she had pointed the shotgun at Pettigrew. Polio said he allowed officers to release Bishop on the day of the shooting because the lead investigator, Captain Theodore Buker, told him she was too emotional to interview.

Then in 1993 she apparently got away with an attempt to bomb a rival:

[Huntsville, Alabama, police chief Henry] Reyes confirmed he is working with the FBI to learn more about why Bishop was a suspect in the attempted bombing of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, who received a double-pipe bomb in the mail on Dec. 19, 1993. He ran from his Newton home with his wife, escaping without injury. The bomb never exploded.

“She was quite cavalier about it,” [former colleague Sylvia] Fluckiger said of Bishop’s description of her interview with police. She said Bishop “grinned” as she described being asked by cops whether she’d ever taken stamps off an envelope and fastened them onto something else. “I cannot tell you what the grin meant,” Fluckiger said.

Here’s an abc news report that lightly addresses workplace rampages such as these.

Psychotics like Seung-Hui Cho, the student who who killed 31 at Virginia Tech in 2007, are particularly dangerous.

Killers like Cho view others as inconsequential and often humiliation can set off a psychotic depression that could make a person violent or suicidal, said Galynker.

Those with personality disorders, such as Eric Harris, who went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in 1999, are particularly dangerous.

Not mentioned is Major Nidal Hasan, presumably because too many people would go apoplectic at the idea that he was not an Islamic terrorist carrying out orders directly from al-Qaeda.

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UPDATE: SulaymanF over at Daily Kos wrote a diary along these same lines here:

With apologies to Professor Cole for plaigarizing his idea, here is what else you will not see in the media:

Thomas Friedman will not write an op-ed for the New York Times about what is wrong with white southern Christian males that they keep producing these terrorists. He will also not ask why Sarah Palin and Pat Robertson are not denouncing Andrew Stack every day at the top of their lungs.

Daniel Pipes will not write a column for the New York Post suggesting that white southern Christians be put in internment camps until it can be determined why they keep producing terrorists and antisemites.

Retired Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney will not go on FOX News and claim that Christian males need to be “strip searched” before boarding airplanes.

The Transportation Security Administration will not announce new, “enhanced screening” tactics at U.S. airports, with a renewed focus on travelers from Southern Red states.

Steve Doocy of morning FOX & Friends will not call for racial profiling of Christians, because “all of the people who try to blow airliners out of the sky pretty much look alike”

And so on.
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another UPDATE: An enjoyable entry over at Jesus’s General (which sports some terrible Arabic in their banner). From there:

Services for the late Opinion are pending as of this writing, however when they do take place you can be assured they will be white: very, very white. And if you have a small, white child who wants to be a terrorist when he or she grows up, break it gently to the tender soul that such a lofty dream is impossible, explaining patiently that such a child cannot by definition be a terrorist–the best said child might hope for would be to grow up and become a traitor to the nation, and if lucky, a mass murderer to boot.

bad poor inaccurate wrong hosed Arabic Jesus's General

*snicker*


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one more UPDATE: The son of the IRS employee killed by domestic terrorist Joseph Stack says:

“There was just too much going on about what the guy did and what he believed in, and enough’s enough,” he said. “They don’t need to talk about him. Talk about my dad. You know, some people are trying to make this guy out to be a hero, a patriot. My dad served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn’t responsible for his tax problems.”

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UPDATE: Amy Bishop has now been brought up on charges in the shooting death of her brother. Read about it here. (June of 2010)

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Children in the Hands of an Angry God

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”–Exodus 22:18 (for a long and interesting story about how “witch” here should be “poisoner,” check here).

MSNBC reported in October:

EKET, Nigeria – The 9-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him — Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of “witch children” reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

Renegade branches, huh? How convenient that Christians can get away with pulling out the No True Scotsman fallacy every time and get away with it. Christ is the Prince of Peace, notwithstanding his saying, “I bring not peace, but a sword,” whereas Islam gets stuck trying to explain that no, actually, Islam specifically forbids that kind of behavior, but nobody listens.

For their part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Good luck with that excuse, Mr Dawes. Nobody ever buys that female genital mutilation, for example, is a regional tradition and has nothing to do with Islam, so it’s only fair that nobody believe that Christianity itself isn’t the cause of killing and mutilating young children.

“When communities come under pressure, they look for scapegoats,” he said. “It plays into traditional beliefs that someone is responsible for a negative change … and children are defenseless.”

The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria’s 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and another three were set on fire.

Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United Nations Children’s Fund says tens of thousands of children have been targeted throughout Africa.

Church signs sprout around every twist of the road snaking through the jungle between Uyo, the capital of the southern Akwa Ibom state where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to many more rejected “witch children.” Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner’s material worries as well as spiritual ones — eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than $2 a day.

“Pray your way to riches,” advises Embassy of Christ a few blocks away.

It’s hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.

I hope this doesn’t catch on in the United States.

The Nigerian church is a branch of a Californian church by the same name. But the California church says it lost touch with its Nigerian offshoots several years ago.

I love this article because it’s not afraid to proclaim that Christians, evangelicals specifically, are killing and torturing and maiming children. The word “pastor” appears 19 times.

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On a completely different note, I recommend reading this article by Glenn Greenwald in Salon: The Joy of Airstrikes and Anonymity.

Excerpt:

Yet over and over and over, it turns out that these anonymous government assertions — trumpeted by our mindless media — are completely false. The Big Bad Guy allegedly killed in the strike ends up nowhere near the bombs and missiles. Sometimes, the very same Big Bad Guy can be used to justify different strikes over the course of many years (we know we said we killed him four times before, but this time we’re pretty sure we got him), or he can turn up alive when it’s time to re-trumpet the Al Qaeda threat (we said before we killed him in that devastating airstrike, but actually he’s alive and more dangerous than ever!!). Just like the “we killed 30 extremists” claim or the “we got Al Qaeda’s Number 3” boast, this is propaganda in its purest form, disseminated jointly by the U.S. Government and American media, and it happens over and over, compelling a rational person to conclude that it’s clearly intentional by both parties.

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Let me also a link to this post over at Gawker: US Economy Crippled by Churches.

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Better Know a Christian Terrorist Group II

You may have read about Christian terrorist group leader Robert Sandalo here before, or you read Italian newspapers, or else you’ve never heard of him. Because the media for some reason absolutely will not report on him in English. It’s amazing. Fortunately for me, I have Yahoo and Google alerts and an Italian translator up my sleeve. Here’s the translation of an article I got the other day:

It’s official, the sentence is 8 and a half years in prison for Roberto Angelo Maria Severini, better known as Robert Sandalo, charged, along with Maurizio Peruzzi of having committed, between June 2006 and April 2008, twelve attempts at harming Islamic community sites and places of worship. The court confirmed the sentence for the former terrorist of Prima Linea. Sandalo admits to having founded an organization called the Fighting Christian Front. Following his arrest on 9 April 2008 in the aftermath of two incendiary attempts, one upon the Islamic Cultural Center on Via Quaranta and then against the Segrate Islamic Center, [Sandalo] was booked on the fast track, for carrying weapons of war and the like in a public place, threatening, vandalism, arson, forgery, and robbery, all exacerbated by the attempts having been carried out for racial hatred, as well as repeatedly and within a five year span. Within the justifications of the preliminary sentence emitted on 5 November 2008, the GUP (the Preliminary Hearing Judge) Marco Maria Alma wrote, “Severini essentially professed (luckily without any followers) to be a type of warrior and knight of Christianity against Islam, trying to give vent to such ideology using typically terrorist actions (sometimes striking targets indiscriminately, in relation to their mere religious connotation).” According to Alma, “it is absolutely clear that Severini (and sometimes Peruzzi with him) did not act simply because he was feeling aversion towards Muslims, but because was intending to provoke an action, and potentially, a public reaction towards towards [Muslims].” If the former informant had not plotted to kill using weapons “characterized by their lethality” such as pipebombs and molotov cocktails, his attempts would “have created the risk of possibly tripping some kinf of extremely dangerous short-circuit, with against the Islamic community, reactions that fortunately have not happened, only thanks to the [Muslims] composed conduct. [At that time, last November] the sentence was 9 years and 9 months of imprisonment. Last April 7, the sentence was appealed down to 8 and a half years of prison. The other defendant (Peruzzi) negotiated 4 years.

So he was unsuccessful at killing anyone, unlike the Christian terrorist group terrorizing Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army. Between terror groups such as the LRA, which has killed hundreds of thousands, and Uganda’s own government, which is now mulling executing homsexuals, Uganda doesn’t sound like the kind of nice place to live you might expect from a country dominated by Christians. If you were very naive.

I may have to create a new page for keeping track of the Christian terrorist groups out there. Maybe call it “Christterror.”

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