Religious terrorism

Posted 11 September 2010 by

Terrorism. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. A terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. (Dictionary.com, retrieved 2010-09-11)

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Four Girls Killed in the Bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Four Girls Killed in the Bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

On September 15, 1963, Bobby Frank Cherry, Thomas Blanton, Herman Frank Cash, and Robert Chambliss, members of United Klans of America, planted a bomb under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14), were killed when the bomb exploded.

Have you ever seen a burning cross at a Klan rally?

The Arian Nation

The Christian Identity Movement is alive and well in the United States. One of the most famous groups is the former Arian Nation of Hayden Lake, Idaho. They lost their property and name after armed guards shot at a couple whose vehicle broke down outside their compound.

The Arian Nations is trying to rebuild in northern Idaho. No, I’m not going to link to their website from mine.

Some television evangelists

Pat Robertson blames God for the September 11, 2001 attacks. Note why God told Robertson in advance.

The late Rev. Mr. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have a contributing cause for the attacks.

Apparently Falwell and Robinson both missed God’s reaction to Job for questioning God when fortunes turned against him.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? (from Job 38 NRSV)

They also missed what God said about Job’s friends for saying Job had done something wrong.

After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt-offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has done.’ So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. (from Job 42 NRSV)

Read the whole passage yourself about God responding to Job’s questions.

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