Fair point, but one which I've addressed before.
Al Capone was a practicing Catholic, but you wouldn't likely refer to him as a Christian Gangster or Christian Murderer.
It's my contention that the Serbs in Bosnia murdered the Bosniaks of Bosnia not because they were Muslims, which the Serbs were inspired by fanatical Christian beliefs to destroy, but because they were not Serbians; members of a different tribe.
There is a reason it was widely labeled "ethnic cleansing" and not "religious purging."
Undoubtedly, their being Muslims was a major component of the difference
, that made them targets, but it wasn't the primary driver of Serbian animus.
Serbian murderers weren't invoking Christ and quoting Biblical scripture whenever they addressed their goals and their deeds.
should we accept that the Serbians were Christian Terrorists, their terrorism didn't match the scope of Islamic Terrorism.
Serbian Christian fanatics didn't fly planes into the Kabah or skyscrapers in Dubai. They weren't part of a worldwide series of Christian terrorist acts wherein Philippino Catholics blew up an Indonesian nightspot, or Coptic commandos stormed a hotel in Cairo and slaughtered Egyptian Muslims.
The threat of Islamist terrorism is global, the best that those who disagree with my assessment of its relative impact can do is cite very provincial examples, like witch burnings in Uganda, Serbian murders of Bosniaks and the quite rare murder of someone associated with conducting abortions in the US.
I shouldn't have to say this, but I know the way so many of the members of A2K respond to posts that offend their tender sensibilities:
1) Murder is heinous. Murders by Muslims are no more heinous than murders by Christians.
2) Nothing in my argument suggests that Christianity is superior to Islam as a religion or that Christians are, perforce, better human beings than Muslims.
It is clear, at least to me, that the scope of Islamic terrorism in our time is far greater than anything that can be called Christian terrorism.
You fancy yourself a historian Set. Do you think that years from now historians will look back on this period as a time of religious inspired terrorism or Islam inspired terrorism?
Horrendous deeds have been committed in the name of Christ, but not so much lately as compared to similar deeds committed in the name of Allah.
If it will satisfy you and others, I will be happy to stipulate that terrorism has been conducted, throughout history, by Christian fanatics, and there is nothing about Christianity that assures it cannot reach such lows again.
It just isn't happening now.
The Left in this country are like a bunch of kids jumping on the latest fad. The latest Liberal fad in America is to:
a) Deny that religion has anything to do with Islamist terrorism
b) In the alternative, assert that Christians are as bad as Muslims. (Note that they never seem to argue that Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, or Taoists are as bad as Muslims)
This is so clearly politically driven that it stuns me that anyone of intelligence denies it.
The Left (in general) is anti-Christian. That's perfectly fine in the sense that there is no requirement for them to embrace Christianity, but they go out of their way to cast aspersions against Christianity as opposed to any other religion.
Certainly some of them are clear thinking atheists who are not fond of any religion, but because America is essentially a Christian nation, focus on that particular creed.
Too many others are responding to the same Pavlovian signals that prompt them to trash patriotism, capitalism and gun ownership.
I value and condemn all religions equally.
You and others want to make this issue of intolerance which, at least in my case, it is not.
The two Great Sins of Man as defined by the Left:
Violence doesn't seem to make the top tier.
Perhaps you think I am splitting hairs when I assert the Bosnian Serbs weren’t motivated by religion. OK, I’ve continued my argument granting that they did.
Tell me, do you really believe that current Christian terrorism presents as great or greater a threat to civilization as current Islamic terrorism?