Ever heard of the Army of God? Or Concerned Christians? As far as Salon and other leftist media outlets are concerned, they’re just as lethal as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda – and the only reason why you haven’t heard of them but have heard of the Islamic terror groups is because of the mainstream media’s deeply ingrained "Islamophobia."
If this sounds absurd, it’s only because it is. The mainstream media, especially organs like Salon that are even more leftist than the others, are always avid to exonerate Islam and establish the claim that Christianity is just as likely to incite its adherents to violence as Islam is. To try to do this, they have to resort to increasingly desperate stratagems, in an effort to convince you that these nefarious Christian terrorists are all over the place, and you would know that, except for the evil right-wing media’s constant Islamophobic ranting. So it is with Alex Henderson’s “6 modern-day Christian terrorist groups our media conveniently ignores,” which Salon reprinted from Alertnet on last Tuesday.
Salon, nonetheless, is determined to obscure that fact and prop up some “Christian terrorist groups” that Americans ought to be as wary of as they are of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Yet none of these groups enjoy anything like the broad support among Christians that the Islamic State or al-Qaeda have among Muslims — have 25,000 Christians traveled from all over the world to join the Army of God? Nor does any sect of Christianity teach that Christians have a duty to wage war against and subjugate unbelievers.
I never heard of (Eastern Lightning, a.k.a. the Church of the Almighty God) before, and it sounds very strange: with its Jesus-is-coming-back-as-a-Chinese-woman thing, it is hardly anything close to mainstream Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. Also, Jesus never says anything in the Gospels about beating women to death if they refuse to hand over their phone numbers.
In reality, the Lord’s Resistance Army is funded by Sudanese jihadis, and reflects a Christian theology that is held by no Christian sect anywhere — in stark contrast to the undeniable fact that all the mainstream sects of Islam and schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers.
As the date of this article suggests, I’ve been holding onto it for some time. I failed to post it when the Salon article was current, but I knew that, at a general level, it would be useful sooner or later.
It seems that with every Jihadist attack - currently, Paris - comes the moral equivalency-ists who try to claim that everybody (= Christians) does it. This Salon writer, inadvertently, reveals how infinitesimally little this moral equivalency argument means. The slaughterers of the Twin Towers, of Mumbai, of Charlie Hebdo, of Paris (to name a few) are in the Islamic mainstream, and large numbers of Muslims, openly, publicly, and literally, cheer their actions. Most of the “Christian” groups this author cites are tiny, isolated, in remote corners of the world, and have core teachings and practices that contradict core Christian teachings and practices (e.g. the LRA, whose leader practices what would be called spiritism).
Not only should Salon’s readers and others who hear/read similar ludicrous moral equivalency arguments take note of the ginormous unequivalency, they should consider what this desperation to prove what does not exist says about the persons making the argument.
And a note to those who would/will dismiss this article because its author has been smeared as Islamophobic, what is true is true regardless of who speaks it. What Spencer wrote is true.