Monday, December 17, 2007

Hating Christians

While the media obsesses over phony hate crimes against the left's favorite demographic groups, attacks against Christians are both real and deadly. Gary Bauer gives some examples.

As shocking as Murray’s repugnant acts were, even more shocking was the deep-seated hatred of Christians that seems to have motivated his actions. Between shooting sprees, Murray, who had been home-schooled in a highly religious family, made an online post explaining what drove him to commit his unspeakable crimes.

“…God, I can’t wait till I can kill you people. Feel no remorse, no sense of shame, I don’t care if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you…as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world.”

If Murray’s anti-Christian animus seems familiar, it’s because it closely resembles that of a number of other recent mass murderers, including the Columbine High School shooters, the Virginia Tech shooter and even the monster who massacred five young Amish girls at the West Nickel Mines School in Pennsylvania. The common denominator of anti-Christian bigotry is difficult to miss. But what’s more difficult to overlook is that the intense hatred of Christianity that often fuels these violent acts is the same hatred of Christianity so often cultivated and promoted in the media by America’s cultural Left.
There was also a spree of church-burnings in the South perpetrated by Atheists earlier this year.

Could the atheist rhetoric about Christians yearning to impose a theocracy and burn nonbelievers be having an effect? In one memorable incident this year, the opinion editor of the Western Herald blamed Christians for everything from the Holocaust to slavery. Should it be any surprise that someone who takes such rhetoric literally would commit murder? Of course, the perpetrators are responsible for their crimes. But the purveyors of anti-Christian rhetoric should think long and hard about what they are doing.

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