Juergensmeyer: The Return of Christian Terrorism
Christian terrorism has returned to America with a vengeance.
Mark Juergensmeyer, whose work I deeply admire, has an excellent piece out that is well worth a read.
I’m glad to see him use the term terrorism here because it has been extremely disheartening to see recent terrorist plots involving far right wing Christians reported in a way that ignores or downplays their terrorist nature, and instead depicts these acts as political extremism. This narrowing of the definitional boundaries of terrorism to be something only a religious ‘other’ does, is not only wrong, but completely counter productive.
I hope others follow his lead and call these activities for what they are: terrorism.