Christian Extremism Is Undermining America

The death of Dr. George Tiller, while ghastly, comes as no surprise, as the past 28 years have seen an increase in ‘normalization’ of Christian extremism and a refusal by both the media and government to confront violent Christian fundamentalism. Yet a majority of the most horrific domestic terrorism and international war crimes committed by Americans have been done under the guise of Evangelical Christianity. An incomplete list:

    Eric Rudolph, who was motivated by his Catholicism to end the ‘abortion holocaust’, bombed the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, several abortion clinics, and a gay/lesbian club in Atlanta.
    • The Oklahoma City Bombing, the largest act of domestic terrorism in America’s history, was executed by survivalist and right-wing militia member Timothy McVeigh.
    • In 2003, while lobbying leaders to put together the Coalition of the Willing, President Bush spoke to France’s President Jacques Chirac. Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated. Bush told Chirac, “This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”. [source]
    • Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld presented intelligence and defense reports on Iraq and Afghanistan to George W. Bush with cover pages dedicated to ‘militaristic passages of the Bible’:

    Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld routinely used militaristic passages from the Bible on the cover pages of White House intelligence documents, according to new revelations by GQ magazine….

    One republished on the GQ website came from March 31, 2003, showing a US tank roaring through the desert about 10 days after the United States invaded Iraq to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. Over the image was printed a verse from Ephesians: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

    [source 1, 2]

    • During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, President Bush told several people that “‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.” [source]
    • Evangelical Christians in the military were caught distributing Bibles to Afghanis [source]
    • All told, there have been over 600,000 civilians dead in Iraq and 80,000 civilians dead in Afghanistan, which have been viewed as little more than modern-day Christian crusades by the predominately Muslim victims [source]

And yet there has been a complete unwillingness to brand what a significant portion of Americans identify with as dangerous or extremist. But for American democracy to thrive as it was envisioned — equitable, just, and secular — the growing force of Christian radicalism must be confronted in American society.

See Also: Why It’s Religious Terrorism, The Last One?, Right-wing hate reacts to murder of Dr. George Tiller, Tiller Assassin’s Believed Some Homicide Justifiable, Some Americans Agree, Napolitano Justified…, We Were Warned, Wichita Is Familiar with the Insane, George Tiller, 1941-2009, Dr. Tiller’s murder: What you can do, Who Killed George Tiller?, Vilifying the victim, Republicans, Operation Rescue in Trouble, Socially conservative sickos, Terror Should Not Pay, If George Tiller doesn’t matter to you, does god?, Parallels and Priorities,
Exiting The Tent, How Should Congress Respond to George Tiller’s Murder?, Did Bill O’Reilly, Operation Rescue encourage violence against Kansas abortion doctor?, The War on The War on Abortion, Bill O’Reilly’s Jihad Against Dr. George Tiller, and Domestic terrorism.

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  1. Brian Adams says:

    Dr. Tiller is known as “Dr Tiller the baby killer”. I will lose no sleep for him. Where do I send my donation for the alleged shooters legal defense???

  2. tired of you says:

    Wow! Impressive to say the least. You speak as if you have no clue about our founding documents. Have you ever heard of natural law, or Providence? Secular? Progressive historical revisionist would have a place for you on staff. Thirteen colonies made up of predominately Christian people wanted a secular union? Read a bit before you pick up and spout cnn, dnc, I hate Americans reteric and talking points.

  3. Cat says:

    What the hell is “reteric”?

    Historical revisionism and christain colonies? “You speak as if you have no clue” about the Treaty of Tripoli Article 11:

    “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

    Source: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/treaty_tripoli.html

    P.S. Eat a bag of dicks.

  4. PJ says:

    This man is no hero. He’s a murderer. Killed, took the law into his own hand. I don’t care where people fall on the abortion thing. Answering death with death solves nothing. May he rot in jail and then elsewhere after he dies. American religious extremism, AKA, religious right neo-cons are no better than Al Quaeda, The Taliban and the Towel Heads in Iran. Intolerant religious bigots. He and some of the extremist protesters are no Christians. They don’t follow the teachings of Jesus. Idiots all of them. We can all thank the republicans for that.

    • The Anon says:

      Excellent choice in wording my friend. Both in the old and new testament, it says not to kill (Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.” Matthew 5:21 “You shall not murder, and whoever murders shall be liable to the judgment.”). If so-called “Christians” can’t even abide to their own holy text, then they themselves are not Christian.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What bothers me personally about all the “right to life” zealots is that once a person is born they couldn’t give two farts in the wind about the person. They are only human in the womb, and once out, they don’t matter. Ask any “right to life” proponent what they do personally to assist new mothers, father’s rights, poverty, health care, food, clothing, medicine, gang violence, or guys killing their pregnant girlfriends or wives. Why, by golly, they are doing nothing at all!! Let’s first take care of the right to life of those post-partum before we get all zealous over the unborn, shall we?

  6. Anonymous says:

    like the other guy said tiller was a mass murderer, defense fund!! i will not shed a single tear for that piece of garbage, put him in a trash bag like the 60,000 babies he killed.

  7. Dee says:

    How many people are killed in gang-related shootings each year? Hundreds/Thousands? How many abortion doctors are killed each year? Probably one to none most years. Give me a freaking break when you attack Christianity and religion. Anonymous, who has irrational ideas about who should have and care for children, should remember that American is not a communist country. Why aren’t you adopting all the poor and neglected children of America and why should Right to Life people have more responsibility than you?

  8. Life says:

    First off, I am very much pro-life and this person who executed George Tiller is not! I am tired of the far-left (who by the way, has some VERY radical folks)labeling anyone with conservative opinions as far-right religious lunatics. Many cultures, including many Native American tribes, disagree with abortion and believe it is against Creator. Of couse CNN & all the other far-left media organizations will only post negative articles regarding the pro-life movement. You are forgetting the FAR-LEFT ecoterrorists who destroy lives, burn down homes, businesses, etc all in the name of the environment. I worked in a far-left feminist organization and have to say it was the most oppressive environment I have ever been in because if one did not agree with their ideals, they were unfairly treated. Talk about preachy….we get the far-left garbage shoved down our throats daily and those who disagree (i.e. Carrie Prejean, etc) with the agenda, are vilified in the media. BTW: There are many pregnancy crisis centers and organizations who assist families with formula, diapers, adoptions, etc. Many assist these families for several years with those items so for someone to make a blanket statement that no one cares after the child is born, shows just how ignorant the Daily KOS, moveon,org, etc drones really are.

  9. Catholics go to hell says:

    Two wrongs do not make one right! If these idiots are such devout Catholics, why do they not fear the “fires of hell” burning on their backs for killing an innocent man. The doctor helped the women in need. It’s easy to be judgemental about others’ situation if you haven’t been through the same. All you hypocrites should try to be in the shoes of a father of a teenaged pregnant girl or a rape victim.
    Catholics are the new jihadis!!!!But beware of the “fires of hell” and the “boiling oil cauldrons!” IDIOTS!!

  10. Donna says:

    I pledge to boycott all of Fox-News Sponsors until the rhetoric of hate and violence is stopped on Fox News. O’Reilley should be canceled and the Tiller family should sue.

    Here is a list of Fox News Sponsors, folks. Please Join the boycott.

    http://foxnewsboycott.com/fox-news-sponsors/

  11. vjack says:

    Thank you for this post! I often feel like I am the only one trying to call attention to the serious problem of Christian extremism in the U.S. It is very satisfying to see others doing so. I just wish it didn’t take Dr. Tiller’s death for others to speak out.

  12. libturdflusher says:

    The innocent babies the killer Tiller offed for profit got to meet the piece of shit and watch him sent into the fires of hell.Where liberal shithead extremists that hate Christians and lie about them will join him as other turds in the eternal sewer..

  13. Stupid trolls are stupid says:

    libturdflusher

    “The innocent babies the killer Tiller offed for profit got to meet the piece of shit and watch him sent into the fires of hell.Where liberal shithead extremists that hate Christians and lie about them will join him as other turds in the eternal sewer..”

    libturd is a real true Christian.

    No hate or complete misrepresentations in his statements at all.

    Bonus points if this 12 year old is evangelical (e.g. If you don’t do what my interpretation of the bible tells me you should do you are evil and doomed to hell who should be placed in a sewer…but God loves you)

  14. Jerry says:

    Oh how pompas. Your just another one of those raving idiots who thinks he can get attention by publishing junk. Why not do something constructive. The Democrats took over control as the senate majority on Jan of 2007. The last two years of Bush’s term were almost lame duck. Unemployment went from around 4 1/2 percent to over 9 percent and the defecit is at an all time high of $13 trillion. All you have time to do is dig upo trash. Why don’t you grow up and come up with ideas for solutions. Or, you can just go back to your video games and shut up!

  15. My ex-wife 7th.day adventist is a prostitute by selling her body for favours and her ex-sister in law doctor daughter of pastor play piano and violin committed adultery and the junk pastor call my ex-wife the apple of his eyes, all corrupted adulterous child molestation stealing money you name it all in 7th day adventist church which point the finger at Catholic church for jesus is a crooked I have seen him many times at the spiders web (pulpit) proud and arrogant, I left them 5 1/2 years ago I got my own religion : The Garden of Eden. 7th. day adventist recruit you into there religion forcefully to cause a competitor to them and to make you fall and for them to show off.

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