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!”
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?
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.