The headline of the Al Arabiya story pretty much says it all. It commences
Should Anders Behring Breivik, the killer of nearly 100 people in Norway, be described as a Christian terrorist? It is commonplace in the media and elsewhere to refer to members of Al Qaeda and similar groups as Islamic terrorists. Is there any essential difference between a person who describes himself as Christian and carries out mass murder in the name of Christianity, and a Muslim who does the same in the name of his religion?
Good questions all. And then
Many Christians would consider the term “Christian terrorist” an oxymoron. Christianity proclaims itself to be a religion of love.
Likewise, many Muslims consider theirs to be a religion of peace and disavow Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
A fact, it has to be admitted, which is frequently overlooked in the Western media and especially amongst right wing persons and anti-Muslim crusaders like the Norway murderer and many in the Tea Party.
Yet acts of terrorism have been carried out over centuries by people claiming to act in the name of religion. The medieval Christian Crusaders, with whom Mr. Breivik identified in his 1,500-page manifesto, are one example.
Indeed. And there’s much more for readers in the West to ponder in this piece which I commend to you. It’s time for us all to come to the place where we denounce violence in ALL its forms (including the violence of war).
[First posted 25 July, 2011].