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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.

  1. 04/12/2010 at 1:16 am

    “Juergensmeyer: The Return of Christian Terrorism”

    4 words come to mind….GIVE ME A BREAK!

    As for the Southern Poverty Law Center and their report….
    Thank very much for your input. I will give it all the consideration it so richly merits.

  2. Robert :Hoskins
    04/15/2010 at 1:50 am

    I found this news story interesting: http://blog.buzzflash.com/contributors/3142. It is being proposed in the American state of Oklahoma to create armed citizen militias, ostensibly legalized by the 2d and 10th Amendments of the US Constitution, to oppose federal perfidy and tyranny represented by the recently passed health reform bill, etc.

    Having grown up in the American South with the Ku Klux Klan during the Civil Rights era, and having later served as an US Army Special Forces officer where I gained a somewhat larger view of what constitutes national security than most citizens possess, I take right-wing Christian terrorism in the US seriously. Seriously. The main weakness of the whacked out American right is that it lacks competent leadership. If that problem is solved, watch out.


  3. Robert :Hoskins
    04/15/2010 at 2:30 am

    Update, MSNBC will present a two hour documentary on Timothy McVeigh on 19 April, 9 pm EDT.


  4. Charles Cameron
    04/21/2010 at 7:12 am

    Hi Leah:

    Mark Juergensmeyer mentions in the Religion Dispatches piece you link to that the anti-abortion bomber Mike Bray “had studied their writings extensively and possessed a shelf of books written by Reconstruction authors”. This sent me off searching the web for a cross-reference between Bray himself and Roussas John Rushdoony, whose massive _Institutes of Biblical Law_ is the central text of Reconstructionism — and lo and behold, by one of those quirks of Google, I found myself clicking through to Juergensmeyer’s own piece — posted on ansar1.info/showthread.php?t=21028 .

    Word travels!

  5. lucklucky
    04/21/2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hahah, wow. But in long term i wouldn’t be surprised, Western Left -in USA Democratic Party is in prominence been making many things to socially reward Islamic Terrorism and Intimidation, Lebanon was just handed over by Obama Admin… seems they just want to be the heirs of European left…i will warn them to look where European left is now, almost braindead. Incentives of present build the Future.

    I suspect that Mscnbc will make nice package not disclosing that McVeigh was an atheist…like Robert…

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