Worry About Radicalized Christians, Not Muslims

Ok, so Billy Graham is a moron, but seriously!? Yes, collectively there are probably more right-wing 'terrorists', but most (are any?) are acting in the name of their faith.

Maybe Roof was a 'Christian' but his murders were motivated by racial hatred, not by religious faith, which was never mentioned once in his racist diatribes leading up to the murders. Most right-wing attacks are motivated by something other than faith no matter the perpetrators religion. In contrast, the Tennessee shooter explicitly posted that his attacks were in the service of Allah.

The author quotes, "...the 20 plots that were carried out [by Muslim extremists] accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years."

The low body count for Muslim attacks is probably due to most being stopped because of the increased focus of Islamic extremism.

I get defending Muslims and pointing out that most are not terrorists. But if you're going to do a head to head comparison of terror attacks by Christians and Muslims that are actually religiously motivated, you're going to lose... Unless of course, you lie.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qasim-rashid/franklin-graham_b_7827498.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

In his July 17 Facebook post, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, spewed unhinged hatred and bigotry against American Muslims. Writing his response to the Chattanooga shooting, Graham used language that can only succeed in radicalizing Americans:

"We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized--and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn't allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now? Do you agree? Let your Congressman know that we've got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates."

Consider if a major Muslim cleric in Pakistan wrote, "We are under attack by Christians at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Christians to our land until this threat with Christianity has been settled. Every Christian that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized--and they do their killing to honor their religion and Jesus." Such language would, and does, radicalize ignorant youth. It fosters terrorism. Graham's language has the potential to foster similar terrorism--indeed such language has done just when used to justify oppression of minorities in American history.

For example, during World War II, racists and bigots argued that all Japanese immigrants and natural born Japanese Americans are a threat and must be treated as such without exception. Graham compares the act of one deranged individual, Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, to the Nazi and Japanese world war on all of humanity. He demonizes all Muslims in virtually the same language used 70 years ago to demonize all Japanese. Notwithstanding the ensuing horrific concentration camps Japanese Americans suffered through, Graham insinuates a similar solution to Muslims and encourages his millions of followers to "let your Congressman know we've got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates." Even today, Japanese Americans recall the barbarity of having gates closed around them as they were stripped of their fundamental human rights and civil liberties.

The above horrific proposal notwithstanding, none of the Islamophobic bigotry Graham spews is even remotely accurate.

For example, the New York Times reports that:

"The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police." And they back it up with hard facts, adding that in America, "...the 20 plots that were carried out [by Muslim extremists] accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years. In contrast, right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities. The toll has increased since the study was released in 2012."

In short, in the time Muslim extremists have committed 20 plots, right-wing terrorists--most of whom are ostensibly white and Christian--have committed roughly 4,000 acts of terror. Frighteningly, neo-Nazi terrorist organizations report a rise in recruits since the Charleston shooting. But surely Graham condemned right-wing terrorism just last month when Dylann Roof murdered nine innocent black Americans, right? Not in the least, and his hypocrisy is shameful at best.

For example, as of July 18 Graham's above Islamophobic Facebook post has 161,000 likes. Meanwhile over a month later Graham's soft condemnation of the Charleston shooting has 1,600 likes. Why the massive disparity? Graham didn't bother posting a condemnation of the Charleston terrorist attack on his own Facebook page. He resorted to a side page that receives hardly the same level of attention--almost as if he was trying to hide that a white supremacist who might have a Christian background committed terrorism. This hypothesis is further validated when we consider that Graham's comments on the Charleston attack doesn't mention terrorism, white supremacy or racism.

His hypocrisy is further perplexing when we compare the Chattanooga shooting with the Charleston shooting. Abdulazeez has a confirmed history of drug and alcohol abuse, was off his anti-depressant medication, had illegal access to guns, and so far no evidence indicates any link to terrorist organizations. Every sign indicates that he was a deranged, high, and confused individual. We don't even know his state of mind when he committed his act of terrorism--was he high or drunk again?

Meanwhile Dylann Roof has no such history of drug and alcohol abuse, received a gun for his birthday, and was radicalized by a white supremacist Christian terrorist organization. He specifically targeted the Charleston church due to its iconic role in black history, and sat with the congregants for an hour before finally consciously deciding to murder them one by one.

In contrast to his anti-Muslim crusade, Graham is comparatively silent to all of this terrorism done by a white racist with ties to a Christian terrorist organization. And as racists set fire to black churches in the weeks after the Charleston shooting, Graham remained silent. And as thousands of Muslim Americans raised over $100,000 (of which I was fortunate to contribute) to re-build those black churches just as the Qur'an 22:40 teaches, Graham has remained silent. And as an American Muslim Marine wrote a passionate op-ed in USA Today (that has since gone viral) to honor his fallen Marine brothers, Graham has remained silent.

But where Graham hasn't remained silent is in exercising every opportunity (for example see here and here) to demonize Muslim Americans. Recall earlier this year Duke University was forced to cancel its Muslim call to prayer due to a "credible and serious security threat," received after Graham commanded his followers to protest the event.

American Muslims detest terrorism and are working actively to combat all radicalization. At nearly one attack a day, however, right-wing terrorism is a growing epidemic. Graham must stop his crusade to radicalize Americans.

Because right now he's taking the lead in making America a more dangerous and intolerant place.

In a country where the majority of people are of one particular brand of religious nutcase, most attacks come from people of that religion. No surprise.

Only a few hundred in more than a decade though.

Compare our Ameribros' numbers to that of the Middle East or North Africa.

Muslim extremism might not be as big a threat to the US as "right-wing" (however that was "fairly" defined) extremism but it is a vastly greater threat to the world, especially to other muslims.

Hey... isn't that a very US-centric view for them to have taken? Just focusing on what threatens them? Pretty racist of them, right...?

Yes, "right wing" extremists are Christians....

"But if you're going to do a head to head comparison of terror attacks by Christians and Muslims that are actually religiously motivated, you're going to lose... Unless of course, you lie."

LOL @ this shit.


rrg1 - Yes, "right wing" extremists are Christians....


What are they, then?

We're talking about the US here.

Glovegate - 
rrg1 - Yes, "right wing" extremists are Christians....


What are they, then?

We're talking about the US here.

I think you'd have to ask them.

I mean, these terrorist attacks they've committed...how many have been done in the name of Jesus? The article states that they are "religiously motivated", no? If this is true, then I'd say it would be easy to spot this....but it's not, because it's bullshit.

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rrg1 - Yes, "right wing" extremists are Christians....



Is someone who wants Sharia law "right wing?"  


I do believe so, yes...and they also state their religious views as reason for their acts.

Which is the exact opposite of any so called "extreme right" Christians.

There simply is no comparison on number of terrorist acts and number of deaths to make. At least not an honest approach apparently.

rrg1 - 
Glovegate - 
rrg1 - Yes, "right wing" extremists are Christians....


What are they, then?

We're talking about the US here.

I think you'd have to ask them.

I mean, these terrorist attacks they've committed...how many have been done in the name of Jesus? The article states that they are "religiously motivated", no? If this is true, then I'd say it would be easy to spot this....but it's not, because it's bullshit.


That's exactly my point though.

What does "right-wing" mean in this context? Anyone who has non-statist views?

Relying on the government to depict its ideological opponents fairly is like asking someone who invests in renewables to judge the environmental impact of an oil well. They probably won't be fair about it.

I don't really care. I just know the US is soo divided and the real problem is the hypocrisy on both sides. Your either ultra right or ultra left in Washington.
I remember during the Bush II years if you said anything bad about him, you'd get the 'love it or leave it' speech. Now the right wing says this country is crumbling.
I just feel it's another article to keep us from mediating and getting things done. It isn't right wing or left wing terrorism that's hurting this country. It's the stagnant behavior of our leaders and their cult like followers. Phone Post 3.0

GREAT ARTICLE!

Around here, United Methodists are constantly putting heads on stakes in order to intimidate people --it's disgusting!

Thursday night I was driving by First Lutheran Church and actually saw CHILDREN sawing the heads off some bound men. Everyone was celibrating.

There are so many rotting corpes in front of Grace Unity Church, it no longer even phases me when I see them.

Someone NEEDS to stop these Christian monsters.

 

 

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GREAT ARTICLE! 



Around here, Methodists are constantly putting heads on stakes in order to intimidate people --it's disgusting!



Thursday night I was driving by First Lutheran Church and actually saw CHILDREN sawing the heads off some bound men. Everyone was celibrating.



I'm so used to seeing piles of corpes in front of Grace Unity Church, it no longer even phases me.



Someone needs to stop these Christian monsters.



 



 



At first I thought it was some Game of Thrones festival, but then I realized the local Unitarian Universalist church was just flat out burning non-believers alive. Subsequently they split into factions and turned on each other because they didn't believe the exact same thing to the exact same degree.

^ I don't doubt it, Unitarians are bloothirsty...

I'll never forget, Easter Morning, riding my bicycle through what could only be described as a small "blood creek" ; a large stream of blood formed from the bled-out bodies on the front lawn of the 1st Unitarian Church of Santa Monica.

My blue bike became completely RED as I splashed through the blood.

No one even batted an eye and they continued on with their Easter Egg hunt.

Why pick one? Radical Muslims and radical Christians are both bad and dangerous. No point in arguing over which one is worse. Phone Post 3.0

So people are still trying to throw Christians under the bus for the dark ages shit the Muslims are doing in modern day society? Ya.....makes sense....... to a fucken liberal.

Nexuscrawlers - Why pick one? Radical Muslims and radical Christians are both bad and dangerous. No point in arguing over which one is worse. Phone Post 3.0
Not sure if serious? Phone Post 3.0

E55 Pilot - So people are still trying to throw Christians under the bus for the dark ages shit the Muslims are doing in modern day society? Ya.....makes sense....... to a fucken liberal.
You can pretty much disregard anyones opinion whonm uses that i their argument. Phone Post 3.0

Res ipsa loquitar - 


"Consider if a major Muslim cleric in Pakistan wrote......"



 



Very puzzling and unaware paragraph


yep

lol