A couple of days ago an article appeared in the local paper about how the world couldn’t tolerate anymore religious intolerance. At one point the author insinuated that the bombing of abortion clinics is connected to Christianity. A reader took offense and responded with:
…the suggestion that the bombing of abortion clinics is a hallmark of Christian fundamentalism is absurd. Such events are so rare, and so thoroughly condemned by the Christian community, that it should be obvious they are the acts of deranged individuals, not part of any religious movement.
The author obviously doesn’t spend anytime with anti-abortion Christians nor look at some of the offerings and writings by this contingent of Christians. Some examples to show the connection between the two:
This site offers Christian apparel where for $16.99 you can get a shirt that says “ABORTION: infant genocide” with a swatzika, “Vote Pro-choice. -Satan” or “God will not continue to bless a nation that murders its unborn”. And if those don’t float your boat, there’s always the one that says “Abortion is murder” written inside a sniper scope.
Operation Rescue claims to be the leading anti-abortion Christian organization that is taking “direct action” to stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates. You can buy how-too essays for a few dollars if you lack imagination or need pointers on how to best harass women outside of Planned Parenthood.
Various sites have essays about what the Bible “says” about abortion such as this one where the author concludes from Genesis 25:21-22, Luke 1:41-44, Pslam 139:13-16 and Jeremiah 1:5 that the Bible does teach ‘that the unborn baby is a human child’. By stringing together other verses, the author also concludes that abortion is murder. And what is the punishment for murder as far the Bible is concerned? That’s right – execution.
Yet, our letter writer is thoroughly convinced there is no connection between anti-abortion violence and Christianity. Why is this? Why doesn’t America connect Christian violence with Christian beliefs? Why is it alleged that there is a difference between violent Christians and violent Muslims? Why isn’t Eric Robert Rudolph and others like him called Christian terrorists when its quite obvious their acts of violence are directly related to their Christian beliefs?
It all comes down to privilege, something American Christians are quite used to here in the U.S. One of these privileges is the right to be an individual. American Christians – even if they hold the beliefs that created the situation they are hypocritically condemning – never have to worry about being called one of the pack. Instead, they get to call their violent co-religionists “insane”, “deranged” and it is taken as fact that the religious beliefs that lie at the heart of the violence are not connected to the religion that teaches them.
This is no longer acceptable. It’s time that Christians be stripped of their individualism. They hold some very disturbing beliefs taken from a book that is just as hateful, intolerant and violent as the other holy books that plague our world. If Muslims and other religionists must take responsibility for the things their religions and holy books support – then so must the Christians. If Muslims cannot be “deranged”, then neither can the Christians.
And that includes dear sweet Grandmom who’d never blow up a building, shoot a doctor or wreak havoc on the lives of those who don’t share her religious convictions even though she agrees that those of us who don’t are evil sinners that God’s going to get even with one day.
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