Planned Parenthood and those villainous Christians (COMMENTARY)

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A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, on November 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, on November 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Kelly *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-GOLDBERG-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Dec. 2, 2015.

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If we can't condemn Islam for Muslim terrorists, why condemn Christians? asks Jonah Goldberg.

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  • Larry

    More apologetic bullsh1t. Another person who wants to deny an act of terror happened because the perpetrator happens to be white and Christian. (Because angry white Christian males are a key conservative demographic)

    Sorry Mr. Goldberg, you are SOL, It is not the type of person who defines terrorism, it is the act.

    Here was an act of violence designed to invoke fear and prevent people from going about their normal business. Exactly what terrorism is and does. Claiming it is something else or calling attention to similar acts by others does not change this.

    In this case it was inspired by a fairly pernicious belief going among fundamentalist christians that any acts towards abortion providers is automatically a moral one. No different from the moral quagmire of those who claim that any acts towards infidels are moral ones.

    Pointing out Islamicist terrorists neither changes nor diminishes the religious inspired terrorist acts done in Colorado last weekend.

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  • ben in oakland

    What a load of…

    I’m a liberal, except when I’m conservative. I believe in fiscal conservatism, which republican conservatives haven’t believed in since RR was elected. I believe in small government, just not one small enough to fit into your church, vagina, or pipe.

    I absolutely denounce terrorism perpetrated by Islamists. But I am not so stupid and blinded by ideology that I denounce all Muslims. I have absolutely no issue with any faith except when it decides that whatever it does in the name of its particular, peculiar version of god is justified.

    I absolutely denounce terrorism perpetrated by Christianists. But I am not so stupid and blinded by ideology that I denounce all Christians. I have absolutely no issue with any faith except when it decides that whatever it does in the name of its particular, peculiar version of god is justified.

    God is what you use ot justify what cannot be justified by any other means.

  • Garson Abuita

    The Oklahoma City bomber y”s stated in 1996 that he believed in some kind of deity. He grew up Catholic but drifted away, although he “maintained core beliefs.” Only in June 2001, on death row a day away from his execution, did he state his agnosticism. Maybe he prayed for an acquittal or pardon and was disappointed.

  • Michael

    You’re right: Is it fair to blame all Christians for the terrorism of a self-professed Christian? No, of course not. But that’s not really what’s happening (and thus endeth your argument’s applicability). If it were, then Americans would be painting all Christians as terrorists by default, kicking them off of airlines, etc. That’s not happening. That only happens to non-Christians (and/or non-whites) in this country.

    Your argument completely ignores institutionalized power relationships in our culture — Christians are (very much) in control; Muslims are the ones being persecuted. Highlighting the “Christian” self-identification of domestic terrorists is meant to point out the wrongness of painting all Muslims with a broad brush, and to highlight the fact that ideologically driven terrorism knows no religious boundaries.

    Lastly, “contemporary Christianity is not struggling with a Crusades problem”… Really? The constant deluge of violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric suggests…

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  • Lively Granddad

    Until Christian pastors and Christian organizations and self-professed Christian followers stop using incendiary language of hate toward Planned Parenthood and anyone associated with the women’s health clinics; until someone professing his Christian credentials stops making videos that are blatant lies trying to tell a false narrative and influence people to hate; and only when evangelical/fundamentalist Christian churches preach that such hatred and lies are not part of the Christian life, I will assume that they agree with the tactics and the results of those tactics, and I will believe that this is an American Christian organizational failing to follow their namesake. People are tired of Christian organizations spewing hatred toward others and then when something like this happens, saying “well, it’s not our fault, we are not all like that.”

  • Neon Genesis

    Religion News Service is engaging in the enabling of these religious extremists by continuing to give them platforms and this kind kind of nonsense from them needs to stop.

  • Loren Haas

    Really?
    This is the most thoughtful piece you could find on this subject?

  • Debbo

    Ben, that was perfect. I use the word “Christianist” too, because I know many decent, kind Christian folks, who are as peaceful as Jesus was.

  • Debbo

    Ben, that was perfect. I use the word “Christianist” too, because I know many decent, kind Christian folks, who are as peaceful as Jesus was.

    Great link Ruben.