I saw this floating around Facebook…
Where to begin?
Timothy McVeigh was not a Christian. He was raised Roman Catholic but as an adult he rejected faith and identified himself as an agnostic. He was quoted saying, “my religion is science.” Based on that alone, the whole stupid meme falls apart. Still, let’s continue.
Even if he had been a Christian, unlike in the case of the jihadists, his crime had nothing to do with religion. His motive was political, not religious.
It isn’t Americans who have inexorably tied the terrorism of the jihadists to Islam. The jihadists have very purposefully done that. Every Tweet, blog post, manifesto, proclamation, notice, broadcast and screed they engage in screams in our faces that they kill for the sake of their god. They demand that their victims understand that each and every attack was based on their religion. We have heard them. They commit their crimes based on their religion but what McVeigh did had nothing to do with religion.
McVeigh’s crime was horrendous but it was, for the most part, a one-off. Unlike the crimes of the jihadists, there is no caliphate, nation, religious movement, kingdom, empire or dominion supporting McVeighism. There never was. This is radically different from the crimes of the jihadists. They are supported by tens of thousands of fighting aged men, hundreds of millions of dollars and a regional safe haven from which to plan assaults.
McVeigh, on the other hand, was pretty much a lone wolf who pulled off a single attack. When he was captured, the threat was ended. Capturing and killing those who engaged in the attacks in Paris has done virtually nothing to reduce the ongoing threat. McVeigh’s attack was more than 20 years ago. The jihadists have engaged in thousands attacks killing tens of thousands worldwide since then and it is a certainty that there is more Islamic terror to come.
The bottom line is this… McVeigh was a loner, not part of a support system of tens of thousands of like-minded terrorists. McVeigh’s crime, unlike that of the jihadists, had nothing to do with religion. McVeigh offers no future threat while the jihadists have killed many thousands over the last two decades and will certainly continue to pose a threat. There is no comparison between a threat that was ended 20 years ago and an ongoing and very real threat today.
The same leftists who are unwilling to acknowledge the obvious tie between Islamic terror and Islam are perfectly willing to invent a fictional tie between Christianity and a crime that had nothing to do with religion. It makes perfect sense to fear Islamic terror while feeling no fear of being attacked by terrorists motivated by Christianity. To suggest that Christianity is as dangerous as Islam is just wrong. The Facebook meme shown above is not factual, not supported by logic, not historical and just very, very stupid.