PBS: More Christian Terrorists Than Muslim Terrorists

PBS’s Tavis Smiley recently claimed that “every single day in this country” Christians commit terrorist acts. Interviewing the heroic ex-Muslim freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Smiley repeated common leftist dogmas about how Christian terrorists are more numerous and violent than Muslim terrorists, and have committed more terrorist acts inside the U.S. than Muslims have. Smiley’s views are silly, but they’re also ultimately misleading and dangerous, as they divert attention from the genuine threat from Islamic jihadists and, by sapping our civilizational self-confidence, weaken our ability and will to resist those jihadists.

On the show, Hirsi Ali was speaking about Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Islamic jihadist and U.S. Army psychologist who, shouting “Allahu akbar,” murdered 13 people at Fort Hood last November; and about Faisal Shahzad, the jihadist with ties to the Pakistani Taliban, who attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square just weeks ago. “Somehow,” said Hirsi Ali, “the idea got into their minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter.”
Actually, there is no mystery about how they got this idea. The Koran guarantees Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111). Recruiters for suicide bombings the world over use this verse to promise Muslims troubled by a guilty conscience that they can be free of fears of hell if they kill some infidels and die in the process. But instead of asking Hirsi Ali to elucidate the motivations of such people, Smiley played the moral equivalence card, asserting: “Christians do that every single day in this country.”
Hirsi Ali, an atheist, but realistic and clear-eyed enough not to fall for Smiley’s moral-equivalence con job, was incredulous, and asked Smiley: “Do they blow people up?”
Smiley plowed doggedly ahead into Rosie (“Radical Christianity is just as dangerous as radical Islam”) O’Donnell fantasyland: “Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine is — I could do this all day long. There are so many more examples of Christians — and I happen to be a Christian. That’s back to this notion of your idealizing Christianity in my mind, to my read. There are so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country, where you live and work.”
Smiley, like so many others, is ignorant of or indifferent to the key distinction here: that neither the Columbine killers nor any other mass murderer that he could invoke, even if they come from a Christian background, were motivated to kill by Christian texts and teachings. Islamic jihadists, in contrast, invoke Islamic texts and teachings both to justify their actions and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. What’s more, while Islamic authorities worldwide have condemned “terrorism,” they have generally done so in wordings so full of loopholes as to amount to no condemnation at all. For example, the Fiqh Council of North America, an assembly of top Islamic scholars, condemned attacks on “innocent civilians.”
That sounds great until you realize that it is common in Islamic theology to condemn all non-Muslims as guilty for their rejection of the Koran and Muhammad. Islamic clerics have said openly that no non-Muslim is innocent. So a condemnation of the killing of “innocent civilians” does nothing to deter jihadists from killing non-Muslims.
Tavis Smiley should know this. He should be telling his audience this, so they can understand what we’re up against. But if he dropped his witless moral equivalence and started telling the truth about jihad, he wouldn’t be invited to the best parties – and we can’t have that, now, can we?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KVLTUTXGVORCKUJQQY76VORTAM Sanguinus

    and the bible condemns all non-jews OT and non-christians NT, so there really isn’t a difference, they’re all violent blood soaked religions

  • What__ever

    You are missing the point, there is a difference, the Bible doesn’t read that you should kill non-Jews and non-Christians. You should try to convert them to Christianity, but if they don’t, you aren’t commanded to kill them.

  • Guest

    There’s another difference as well. Those who are condemned are condemned by God in the afterlife. Christianity doesn’t teach that we are to kill others. It teaches that we are to share the good news of an eternal life with God and respect the individual to choose, knowing that we all face the concequences of our choices after death.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KAIVYMJ3QXSUDTHHLWKS5X7PU SuperJ

     What about the crusades? And the burning of Jews alive? Both of our religions have had violent pasts, not just Islam.  In the modern world there are a lot more violent people calling themselves muslims but the crusades killed way more people than both 9/11 and the war on terror combined.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garrett-Skindell/100001251639950 Garrett Skindell

    like so many others, is ignorant of or indifferent to the key
    distinction here: that neither the Columbine killers nor any other mass
    murderer that he could invoke, even if they come from a Christian
    background, were motivated to kill by Christian texts and teachings….”

    uhm… what about http://www.armypfgod.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jahanzeb.hussain.qureshi Jáhánzěb Hųşşáin Qųrěşhi

    What the hell is this? :D I’m really Shocked to seee these false Accusations On ISLAMIC TEXTS.

    Islam never has encouraged people to kill the innocent people, if this was the case, then what the hell are other Muslims doing in their countries living peacefully? Don’t we want HEAVEN? If We were rewarded HEAVEN for killing people who are non-muslims, then each and every Muslim would have been killing every other non-muslim they see, Think LOGICALLY.
    Islam teaches us PEACE, And SUICIDE IS HARAM, so Blowing Up yourselves and others don’t give you HEAVEN, But It TAKES YOU TO HELL DIRECTLY…..

    If MUSLIMS were given Heaven on killing you people then, I wouldnt have been sitting here and commenting, I would rather be planning to blow you people off, not only me, but every Muslim. But this is not the case, FIGHTING IN THE WAY OF ALLAH means, DEFENDING HIS PEOPLE IF OTHERS ATTACK THEM, it doesnt mean ATTACKING OTHER NON_MUSLIMS FOR NO REASON>

  • http://www.facebook.com/mintee.calamazoo Mintee Calamazoo

    Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. matt 10:34

  • http://www.facebook.com/mintee.calamazoo Mintee Calamazoo

    US war on terror has killed average 280,000 innocent non terrorist civilians.. there are only about 18,000 islamic terrorists (according to CIA average polls).. who are the real terrorists now.. this is modern times, not crusaide times

  • Les Pane

    “sapping our civilizational self-confidence,”

    And also out precious bodily fluids.

  • Hugh Manatee

    Does this article link to itself?

  • Linda G. Richard

    I hope by now you have noticed that the military does not consider Nidal Hasan’s shooting spree an act of terrorism. It’s on my site.. it was in the news a couple of weeks ago, it should be easy to find.

  • PV Beveren

    Hey Abe, do you see Christians actually doing these acts. And quit quoting Old Test. The New Test has replaced it long ago.

  • Jason Johnson

    This article is proof that the Loony Left is in cahoots with the Muzzies.

  • John Minnick

    Abe, if you had any REAL knowledge of the Bible, you would know that Christians follow the New Testament (which, BTW, begins with the book of Acts, and not the Book of Matthew, as is widely believed). The Old Testament is/was for the servants of God. The New Testament, on the other hand, is for the CHILDREN of God, which is what Christians are. In addition, you had to resort to going back thousands of years, to try and prove a point-even though your “point” has been proven irrelevant, and patently false, also for thousands of years! You are in dire need of a class in reading and comprehension 101! I suggest you do that, post haste-before you open your mouth again, and prove you’re an even bigger fool than we originally thought!

  • Greyguy

    Maybe we do not want the Theocracy the Religious Right would like to see, where they could refuse to do business with anyone they choose based on their religion, perceived sin, or choice of/lack of marital status. Or better yet base your employment and promotions on religious belief and behavior. The “Terrorism” is not the killing, but the “in your face” you will do it our way attitude of righteousness and intolerance, that they perpetuate and poison our political system which makes a lot of the rest of our society uncomfotable and reluctant to challange, because it is religion. If they had their way, it would be another form of soft tyranny.

  • Bill

    Religion is farce.

  • Bill

    Are you saying all Jews will go to hell?

  • CatoYounger
  • CatoYounger

    In other words, you hate freedom and want to control everyone.

  • CatoYounger

    Uh, the Crusades were a reaction to the Muslim conquest of the Holy Land. How did Muslim armies take over Spain, get to Tours or the gates of Vienna? Were they invited? I think not. Islam has been at war with the west for 1,500 years. Heck, the US Marines have the phrase “to the shore of Tripoli” because we fought the Barbary Pirates as a young nation. Muslims murdered 80 million Hindus alone during their invasions of India. As recently as 1971, Pakistan murdered 2.1 million (see Lahore settlement). Today, almost every armed conflict in the world has Muslims at the center. Muslim terrorists murder hundreds of people EVERY WEEK (not counting battlefield deaths). http://www.thereligionofpeace.com You are trying to create an equivalence where there isn’t one because you’re weak-minded and have fallen prey to political correctness.

  • Greyguy

    Stop being a victim like everyone else and grow up, there is freedom of religion, you are not in charge and are not ALWAYS RIGHT. Stop inflicting your views on others like you complain others wre doing to you. You are the ones who hate freedom…you are the ones who failed to show up in the last election because you hated Mormons and got Obama reelected[4 to 6 million did not vote vs 2008, patriots that you are]….you are the ones who want to be as IN YOUR FACE as the LGBT CROWD. Grow upand act like a free person and get out of everyones face and mind your own business.

  • ScottMc76

    Deuteronomy is a book of the law. In other words, reading it is essentially the same as reading federal, state or local statutes. Under the Jewish theocracy, judges were given authority to enforce and adjudicate the law, just as law enforcement officers and judges today are given the responsibility and duty to enforce and adjudicate our laws. In other words, this was not an exhortation to the average Joe to go out and kill anyone. It was an explanation of the infractions under the law that were punishable by death, and those tasked with carrying out that capitol punishment were government officials. That’s a completely different scenario than Islam instructing each and every Muslim man, woman and child to go out and commit murder.

    As for 2 Chronicles, this is a history book. It is not instructing anyone to do anything. It is simply “chronicling” the history of the kings of Israel and what actions they took. In this particular passage, Asa was issuing his own edicts. He was not a prophet and therefore was not speaking with authority from God. By your logic, other passages in Chronicles that describe all kinds of debauchery committed by sinful kings would likewise be an endorsement or command of God. Common sense (let alone scholarship and theology) tells us this is not so.

  • ScottMc76

    If your point is that Jewish law (particularly during the Theocratic period before Israel’s first king) had very strict punishments for blaspheming, disrespecting authority, and other direct rebellion against God’s Law, you’ve made your point. But you’ve completely missed the fact that the Old Testament was a book written for Jews to instruct them about following Jewish law. It was not written to instruct Christians how to live under Grace.

    Jesus came to fulfill the Law and pay the penalty for all those sins that under this Law would have been punishable by death. By dying on the cross, Jesus satisfied God’s wrath so that those who believe (Christians) are set free from the penalty of the law and live by grace through faith. There is absolutely nothing in the New Testament that advocates violence or even forceful proselytizing of non-believers. I challenge you to find even one verse that does so.

  • ScottMc76

    You’re right. Refusing to bake a cake for someone and forcing them to choose from among dozens of other conveniently located bakeries is the moral equivalent to rounding up, raping, enslaving and beheading women and children. You got us. Well played.

  • Greyguy

    Do you have any idea how stupid you sound, that really sounds like SOFT TYRANNY. By your comment you have actually made my point for me, in all my years in business the most difficult people I have dealt with were overly religious and for some reason had this notion they were always right and proceeded to imposed their will on others regardless of how correct they were, as long as it turned out in their favor. Not my favorite customer and I rarely did business with them a second time since they were so unethical to deal with.

    As you proved by twisting and purposely misconstruing my words your ethics and tyranny are on display and are in no way interested in having a civil discussion. Your narrow form of politics only shows a lack of interest in others opinions, you are the opposite side of the same coin as Obama.