opinion: christian terrorist in america

April 6, 2011

For at least the last decade we have been inundated with news casts, headlines, images and propaganda about radical Islam and the terror network hell bent on killing Americans and destroying this country. I normally try to hold my tongue when I hear someone regurgitating messages of hate towards anyone and or anybody. But in a recent argument with a close friend of mine, who is an ordained pastor in the Christian faith, I asked him a question I could not get a straight answer too. I asked him, What about the war on radical Christians??

By Faraji Toure’

His head turned slightly to the side and mouth parted opened, he stood silent for a few seconds and asked what I was talking about, when he could finally speak. I told him in my opinion there should also be a war on radical christians as well because more problems arise from radical Christians than any other American group I could readily think of. I had to remind him that the Ku Klux Klan is a Christian group, and as well as the Christian crusades from 1095 to 1291 the entire world can read about in the bible.

I asked him, what makes Christian’s reasons for war different from any other religion, that they are singled out? He began to spew passages and versus from the bible about how it was God’s plan to spread his message all over the land, (which is not in the bible i may add) then I told him I wanted his opinion not a auto response from the bible. I wanted to know if anywhere in the time he studied in theology school was a mention ever made about the reasons Christian churches never openly discuss the documented wars started in the name of spreading the word of Jesus Christ or taking/ “reclaiming” land. And why would Jesus who brings the message of love and redemption, have his message delivered by the hand of those who chose to kill and destroy anything and anyone not willing to except their savior? (which directly contradicts, “thou shall not kill”).

During the conversation I presented such evidence like the colonial conquest where native Americans in North, South and Central America where slaughtered over several generations to the tune of 20 million. Or in Bosnia where the genocide of over three hundred thousand Muslims took place along with a systematic rape of Muslim woman by Christian Serbians from 1992 to 1995. We also spoke about the situation in Rwanda back in 1994 where over nine hundred thousand Rwandans where also slaughtered in the midst of a population that is over ninety percent Christian. We can even fast forward this conversation to the present day where nuns sit outside of abortion clinic handing out brochures with pictures of dismembered babies and screaming of impending doom on women’s souls if they terminate a child. Or the vast majority of groups that rise in the midst of issue where Christians feel the laws of the bible are being broken., and use violent means the get there point across. I would like to take the time to interject that there is a clear divide between the laws in the bible and religious moral doctrine.

The last question I asked the reverend was, why do the Koran mention Jesus but the bible does not mention Muhammad? Church goers will tell you their version of how the Islamic faith came about by quoting genesis chapters 16 through 18 etc. but the Koran mentions that Jesus was a profit of the most high God. Again in my opinion those radical Christians seem more like bullies, today and throughout history. But then again most people who are fanatics or radical in their believes of anything tend to take things to far, that’s Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, sports fans etc. Its like when someone first find religion they go full force quoting passages and trying to convert anyone who will listen. And again there will always be those few that will have a different understanding and attempt pervert something for their own purposes.

Now before you begin to believe I’m anti-Christian, or anti-religion, I’m not. I’m just a man who sees the contradiction in they way things are viewed when it comes down to who the offending party is. and pin pointing an issue with religious wars or fighting for what’s “seemingly” right when the history of this nation is filled with evil deeds from a peaceful religion. I haven’t even begun to talk about the long term effect of the doctrines and stipulation churches put on parishioners that tend to act a lot like mind control and may i add, can not be found in any bible. my feelings are, a religion that doesn’t acknowledge the validity of any other religion by stating it’s the only way into heaven, and everyone else will burn in hell, just seems wrong and severely closed minded to me. if God created the heaven and the earth and all that is in it, who are you to say who’s going to heaven and who isn’t.

Once again, I’m a very spiritual and believe in God. But Before I graduated from religion, I was raised as a “non denominational Christian” which in itself is a denomination, better known as the church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C) and to this day I read the bible, as well as the Koran, Torah etc, go to church and all out have a personal relationship with God. Its just that Now I don’t do religion at all but anyway you get my point.

I. the first, 1095-1099, called by Pope Urban II and led by Peter the Hermit, Walter the Penniless, Godfrey of Bouillon, Baldwin and Eustace of Flanders, and others (see also first crusade);
II. the second, 1147-49, headed by King Louis VII who was enlisted by Bernard of Clairvaux, was a disastrous failure, including the loss of one of the four Latin Kingdoms, the Duchy of Edessa;
III. the third, 1188-92, proclaimed by Pope Gregory VIII in the wake of the catastrophe of the second crusade, which conducted by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, King Philip Augustus of France and King Richard “Coeur-de-Lion” of England;
IV. the fourth, during which Constantinople was sacked, 1202-1204 (see also fourth crusade);
V. the fifth, which included the conquest of Damietta, 1217-1221;
VI. the sixth, in which Frederick II took part (1228-29); also Thibaud de Champagne and Richard of Cornwall (1239);
VII. the seventh, led by St. Louis (Louis IX of France), 1248-50;