The London Telegraph reports that V. Gene Robinson is under 24-hour FBI guard because of death threats from Christian fundamentalists.
The reporting of this story is so slanted I had to turn my laptop sideways to read it.
First of all, anyone who threatens to murder another human is not a Christian. Period.
Second, the “growing militancy of religious extremists” in the U.S. cited by the Telegraph is illustrated by one example, the shooting of an abortion doctor and his bodyguard nine years ago. While senseless and tragic, one shooting in the last decade does not prove a trend. (And I repeat, the murderer proved by his actions that he was not a Christian.)
This story started me thinking. If one example is all we need to discern “the growing (characteristic) of (a group)”, then maybe we should declare war on Islam. After all, there were 19 fanatic Islamists aboard the three planes on 9/11. Three planes, one shooting. Using the logic employed by the Telegraph, that makes Muslim fundamentalists at least three times more likely to kill infidels as their Christian counterparts, right?
It seems the Telegraph has swallowed the pre-millennial Project Megiddo nonsense hook, line, and sinker. Project Megiddo was the title of an FBI report written in 1999 as a threat analysis of “those who believe the year 2000 will usher in the end of the world and who are willing to perpetrate acts of violence to bring that end about.” It reflected the Clinton administration’s belief that the greatest threat to national security came from groups of fundamental Christians.
Disregarding the the number of terrorist acts positively linked to “Christian fundamentalists” so far this century (approximately zero), there are groups out there who find it useful to keep the misperception of the armed, dangerous, Bible-thumping Christian alive.