When You Think Christianity and Peace, Do Again After This Post

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There’s this narrative that America can’t quite
shake that says Islam is somehow “different”
from other religions in the quality and
quantity of its violence. It suggests that there
is something inherent to Islam that causes
people to act like animals and it’s a seductive
idea. It’s easy to blame a religion that is a tiny
minority in the United States to explain what
we see on the nightly news, and it sure does
make it easy to agree that bombing the Middle
East is the only way to deal with it.
But that narrative is a complete and total lie.
Period. Full Stop. Christians are just as savage
and barbaric as Muslims when given half a
chance. The Crusades ring a bell? Or the
Inquisition?
“But Justin!” you say, “Christians don’t behave
that way anymore! The Crusades were centuries
ago!”
Oh? Then perhaps a more recent example
might suffice?
On Friday, thousands of Muslims hopped
aboard trucks packed with their
possessions, protected by soldiers from
Chad, and drove out of Bangui, as
Christians cheered their departures or
tried to loot the trucks as they drove
through Christian areas. At least one
Muslim man, who fell from a truck, was
killed by a mob. Meanwhile, thousands
more Muslims huddled at the airport in a
crowded hangar, waiting to be evacuated.

The man who fell off one of the trucks
was viciously slain by a mob that cut off
his genitals and hands, said Peter
Bouckaert, emergencies director for
Human Rights Watch.
Clearly, Christianity is a religion of peace.
Some will point out that Muslims “started” the
violence when they were in power and are now
getting what they deserve. Sure, OK. Because
when Jesus said “turn the other cheek” what he
really meant was “cut off their hands and
genitals,” right?
But let’s pretend that this instance is only
because of Muslims. How about the Lord’s
Resistance Army which is infamous for giving
guns to children and forcing them to fight? But
that’s not all:
The LRA abducted large numbers of
civilians for training as guerrillas. Most
victims were children and young adults.
The LRA abducted young girls as sex and
labor slaves. Other children, mainly girls,
were reported to have been sold, traded,
or given as gifts by the LRA to arms
dealers in Sudan. While some later
escaped or were rescued, the
whereabouts of many children remain
unknown.
In particular, the LRA abducted numerous
children and, at clandestine bases,
terrorized them into virtual slavery as
guards, concubines, and soldiers. In
addition to being beaten, raped, and
forced to march until exhausted,
abducted children were forced to
participate in the killing of other children
who had attempted to escape.
These are devout Christians slaughtering
children and raping little girls in the name of
Jesus.
Right now, this very second, there are
Christians frothing at the mouth that I would
dare condemn all of Christianity for the acts of
a few crazed extremists. These same self-
righteous people are completely incapable of
explaining why it’s OK to condemn all of Islam
under identical circumstances.
“But those are Africans! You know, those
people! We’re the good kind of Christian in
America!”
Oh? We don’t stoop to murder and torture in
the name of Jesus in America?
Bill Moyers begs to differ:
Sure enough, there it was: the charred
corpse of a young black man, tied to a
blistered tree in the heart of the Texas
Bible Belt. Next to the burned body,
young white men can be seen smiling and
grinning, seemingly jubilant at their front-
row seats in a carnival of death. One of
them sent a picture postcard home: “This
is the barbeque we had last night. My
picture is to the left with a cross over it.
Your son, Joe.”
Before they burned the young man, Jesse
Washington, to death over the course of two
hours, they cut off his testicles. Now where
have I heard that kind of monstrous sadism
before? Also, they sold pieces of his body as
souvenirs.
Do you understand? Christians paid money for
the pieces of a corpse to celebrate a sick and
depraved murder.
Southern Christians spent decades terrorizing
the black population like this in the name of
Jesus. As far as they were concerned, it was a
sin against God himself to treat blacks like
people. They raped, murdered, beat, robbed
and, yes, even burned blacks and then went to
church on Sunday and praised the lord that
they were keeping their way of life intact.
This was not the distant past. Washington died
in 1916, less than a century ago. “Joe,” the
cheerful young man bragging to his parents
about burning a man to death, has children or
grandchildren that are alive today. During the
60’s, anti-black violence spiked all across the
South as blacks fought for and won their civil
rights. A lot of the people swinging the baton
or lynching an uppity black (all in the name of
Jesus) are still alive right now. Sure, some of
them almost certainly regret it but that doesn’t
mean it didn’t happen. And I guarantee you
they thought, at the time, they were doing the
Lord’s good work.
Don’t get me wrong, Islam is a blood soaked
religion full of death and depravity and it
disgusts me. The most horrible, uncivilized and
insane acts imaginable are carried out in the
name of Islam every day.
It’s just not unique in this regard. Not even a
little.
Anyone pretending otherwise is deluding
themselves or trying to make you believe that
Islam is a “unprecedented” danger to the
world. This narrative exists for the sole
purpose of justifying an endless war in the
Middle East and anywhere else they can find a
handful of Muslim extremists to bomb. Why
else do you think we hear so much about
everything ISIL does but hardly a whisper
about what Christian extremists are doing in
Africa?
Think for a few seconds before giving into
Anti-Muslim fearmongering. That’s all it takes
to see through the bullshit.

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