There have been a great many theories propounded in the wake of the wanton massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Fox News, seemingly never able to take a day off from its hilariously stupid “Christian persecution complex,” were blaming the shootings on a hatred of Christianity and abortions. And despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that showed Roof’s attack was racially motivated, Jeb Bush and many of the other GOP clown shoes running never admitted race.
But for those of us who reside in Reality Town, USA, we know the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church attack was racially motivated. We also know that a great many of these terror attacks (and they are terrorism) were committed by many a white and christian extremist. Just don’t tell Fox News that.
Here are some of the more notable and gruesome examples that were included a list by Alternet:
1. Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug. 5, 2012
Wearing a turban can be confusing for many white Americans. Alas, those of the Sikh faith learned the hard way. Post-9/11 America has had deadly consequences for Sikhs even though Sikhs are not Muslims. Moreover, the traditional Sikh attire, including their turbans, is different from traditional Sunni, Shiite or Sufi attire. But a beard and a turban for racist morons means you want to blow up my airplane. But On Aug. 5, 2012, white supremacist Wade Michael Page used a semiautomatic weapon to violently murder six people during an attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was later discovered that Page had connections to the white supremacist movement and was even a member of the neo-Nazi rock bands End Empathy. BTW- neo-Nazi rock has to be the stupidest thing next to hip-hop polka.
2. The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009. Just suppose a physician was killed by an Islamic jihadist. Fox News would have a permanent boner. However, terrorist nor the individual who enraged the terrorist were Muslims. Dr. George Tiller, for example, was shot and killed by anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder on May 31, 2009. He was a victim of right-wing christian terrorism, not the Muslim kind.
3. Planned Parenthood bombing, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1994. Republican Jesus has made blowing up abortion clinics an Olympian sport. The term “Christian terrorist” has been used in connection with John C. Salvi on AM talk radio and Fox News as much as “President Obama” and “cut the deficit.” However, the radical anti-abortionist and Army of God member attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts. Salvi shot and killed receptionists Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols and wounded several others. Luckily, Salvi was found dead in his prison cell in 1996, and his death was ruled a suicide. Naturally, the extremist Army of God has exalted Salvi as a Christian martyr and described Lowney and Nichols not as victims of domestic terrorism, but as infidels who got what they deserved. These guys should really write for Hallmark.
4. Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995. Ah yes, this is when American got its first glimpse of pale and skinny white Christians being terrorists. It also made fertilizer a WMD and something the FBI monitored. Most Republicans get as dyspeptic when you tell them that Timothy McVeigh is a non-Islamic terrorist as they do when you point out that action star Liam Neeson hates guns. But prior to the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing that McVeigh orchestrated was the most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history. For example, 168 people were killed and more than 600 were injured.
5. Anders Behring Breivik and the 2011 Norway Attacks. Now, Norway is actually a very small and egalitarian country, where most people sled and the streets are clean enough to eat off. So there’s no way there could be any major acts of violence outside of improperly preparing a Lutefisk, right? However, on July 22, 2011, Brievik killed eight people by setting off a van bomb amid government buildings in Oslo, then proceeded to violently shoot dead 69 participants at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. On the day of the attacks, Breivik electronically distributed texts entitled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, describing his far-right militant ideology. His Facebook page also showed strong Christian beliefs. But since the guy looked like a freaking tennis player or golf pro, you simply couldn’t make him out to be a terrorist.
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