Sorry, We’re Not At War With Radical Islam
The same people calling for a war on religion seem to be the same ones complaining about it being called a war on religion. Afterall, how is calling the perpetrators of these attacks jihadists not broad enough?
A convincing case can be made that all terrorists by definition are jihadists; however, not all Islamists are terrorists. Why pigeon-hole the vast majority of peaceful islamists with those that have a decidedly different interpretation of religion? If you want to be all encompassing why not simply call the terrorists we are at war with radical theists?
Is it justified to lump all Christian beliefs with the Westboro Baptist Church? I believe in a higher spiritual being but not organized religion. I actually see little difference between the major monotheistic religions. They are all equally opaque to me.
I do know that people have been using various religions to justify their heinous actions for a very long time including Christianity. Dr. George Tiller was murdered by christian anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder. Dr. John Britton was murdered by Christian anti-abortion activist Paul Hill. Dr. Barnett Sepian was killed by anti-abortion activist James Klopp. Christian anti-abortion activist John Salvi killed two people at The Brookline Planned Parenthood Clinic and Pre-term Health Services. Christian Jim D. Adkisson shot up The Tennessee Unitarian Universalist Church because he hated gays and liberals. Finally, Christian Eric Rudolph admitted to a religious motivation behind the Centennial Park Olympic Bombings in Atlanta in 1996. If you need more domestic examples, here’s a great list. Abroad, it’s even worse.
America’s most notorious terrorist organization of the 19th and 20th centuries, the KKK, explicitly defended their actions based on their interpretation of Christian (Protestants) teachings. Are Christians responsible for the actions of the KKK because they purport to be Christians, or do Christians have nothing to do with them? I believe people have their own beliefs and are responsible for their own actions. If we are our brother’s keeper, let’s make sure we are in all cases and not just cases of Islam.