Monday, July 02, 2007

Christianist terrorism

David McMenemy was sentenced to five years in prison for his act of arson against what he thought was—but which wasn't actually—an abortion clinic. It seems that the guy is somewhat insane, thus avoiding (just barely) my list of religious idiots.

However, researching the story led me to this terrific article from Alternet: The Terrorists Who Aren't in the News, which describes
three decades of extreme violence by anti-abortion fanatics, mostly fundamentalist Christians who believe they're fighting a holy war.

Since 1977, casualties from this war include seven murders, 17 attempted murders, three kidnappings, 152 assaults, 305 completed or attempted bombings and arsons, 375 invasions, 482 stalking incidents, 380 death threats, 618 bomb threats, 100 acid attacks, and 1,254 acts of vandalism, according to the National Abortion Federation.

Abortion providers and activists received 77 letters threatening anthrax attacks before 9/11, yet the media never considered anthrax threats as terrorism until after 9/11, when such letters were delivered to journalists and members of Congress.
And I'm the intemperate, intolerant, hateful one.

2 comments:

  1. After the burning of a housing development near San Diego, Sam Karnick of the Heartland Institute tried to convince me (among others) that environmentalists were the number one domestic terror threat facing the West. I couldn't help that this was true only if one cared more about property than people.

    Terrorism and ideologues go hand in hand.

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  2. Terrorism and ideologues go hand in hand.

    I disagree. I count myself an ideologue, but I vehemently oppose the sort of terrorist violence perpetrated by Christianists, Islamists, white separatists, etc.

    I do think, however, that terrorism goes hand-in-hand with particular kinds of ideologies.

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