Christian Violence Is Just As Bad As Muslim Violence
Calling out some people who call themselves Christians for their hypocrisy, especially in comparing Christian violence to Muslim violence, is something that is way overdue. Even though I don’t always agree with President Obama on some matters, when I heard clips from his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, I said, “Right on!” The basic message I took from this speech was that Christian violence is no better or more justified than Muslim violence.
Some people may think it’s easy for me to talk because I openly identified myself as being an agnostic, I have gained a new level of respect for the president because he is willing to stick his neck out about the hypocrisy of some people who identify themselves as Christians. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, over the centuries there has been a lot of unspeakable misery, death, and destruction done in the name of Christ.
One quote from President Obama that I particularly liked was, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. Slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
As you can imagine, right-wingers were outraged by the President’s statement. As usual, right-wing commentators such as, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh all had to have their say, harshly criticizing President Obama for his remarks. Of course, anyone who has ever listened objectively to any of these assholes knows that they are the champions of hypocrisy.
The well written and well researched article in AlterNet gives some examples of Christian violence that I had never really heard about. The author of this article writes about one of the most recent examples of Christian violence by using the example of the Civil War in Bosnia and the cases of “ethnic cleansing” that took place there with full knowledge and complicity of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In this case, Christians murdered thousands of Muslims; something that is unacceptable and horrible, especially in this day and age.
I came away from reading this article with food for thought, as well as some historical information that was quite fascinating and informative.