Saturday, June 10, 2006

Christian Terrorism - the Silent Killer

The case of Eric Rudolph: Right-wing terrorism and the Bush administration

By Patrick Martin4 June 2003

Suspected right-wing terrorist Eric Rudolph was arraigned in federal district court in Birmingham, Alabama Monday, facing murder charges in one of a series of bombings carried out from 1996 to 1998. The bomb attacks killed two people and injured more than a hundred.
The media is entirely silent on the larger issue: the role of the Republican Party in creating the political and moral atmosphere for right-wing terrorism, by whipping up hysteria over abortion, homosexuality, gun control and similar issues, and pandering to racism and anti-Semitism. ...

Where Islamic and Christian terror (funding) meet.
From the Islamic charities to Bush faith based funding - the money laundry rolls on.
American INTEL has funded fundamentalism in Israel, the USA and Saudi Arabia. Did you know the Rand Corporation listed Saudi Arabia as the number one terror state, and it is not even listed in Bush's "axis of evil."

The Christian corporate greed machine sucking the life out of America and enslaving the populace to globalist monopolies registered offshore where they pay no tax.

Jack A. Abramoff (born February 28, 1958) is an American political lobbyist, Republican activist and businessman who is a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals. He pled guilty on January 3, 2006, to three criminal felony counts in federal court related to the defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials. [1] On January 4th, Abramoff pled guilty to two criminal felony counts in a different federal court related to fraudulent dealings with SunCruz Casinos. [2] On March 29, 2006, he was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison — the minimum allowed per the plea bargain — and ordered then to pay restitution of more than $21 million.

Abramoff is currently free in order to testify in a related investigation involving the Florida gang-style murder of Suncruz Casinos owner Konstantinos Boulis and to continue cooperation with an extremely extensive federal investigation into various possible criminal misdeeds related to federal lobbying and related activities.

Rudolph has close links to the Christian Identity movement whose theology fueled his terror activities.

In April 2005, Sean Gillespie of Spokane, Washington was found guilty of bombing Temple B’Nai Israel. U.S. Attorney Robert McCampbell commented on the attack, “This kind of religious violence is so fundamentally un-American that, as a society, we simply cannot tolerate it.”

In April 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His interpretation of Christian faith contributed to his motivation.

Reverend Paul Hill, former Presbyterian minister and associate of Mike Bray, was convicted and executed for murdering an abortion doctor. He confessed to being prompted by his Christian theology.[vi]

An organization closely associated with Hill, Army of God, calls him “an American Hero.”[vii] In 1999, Buford Furrow, in an initiation rite into the “Phineas Priesthood” opened fire on a Jewish community center and shot several people including three children under the age of six.

As we begin to actualize the peace of God, we will develop a greater connection to all humanity—especially victims of terror—regardless of their religion, gender, or ethnicity. We will weep with the Muslim mother who lost her child and the Israeli mother who lost hers. We will remember the prisoners as if chained with them, whether they are in Iraq or Guantanamo, Colombia or Sudan. We will mourn the loss of unborn children, the murder of gay men and women, persecuted Christians in China, and persecuted Muslims in Nigeria. We will recognize that all humans have been fashioned in the Divine image and are worthy of love, dignity, and respect. We will discover that the only way to overcome terror is not through overwhelming military force, but through practicing justice, mercy, and faith. In a word, we will begin actualizing the true love that casts out fear.

What we will not do is take up any form of arms in the name of God to establish the kingdom, guard the ‘truth,’ or bring about our sense of rightness. Transformed faith in the God of all peace can lead the way to a more peaceful world for us all.

Kevin Beck is Vice President of Presence International. He is married to Alisa, and they live in Colorado Springs with their three electrifying children.

[i], May 10, 2005.

[ii] For an alternative opinion, see “Christian History Corner” by Chris Armstrong (Christianity Today, June, 13, 2003),

[iii], May 10, 2005.

[iv] Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, by Mark Juergensmeyer.

[v] Ibid. p. 27. On Dominion Theology, see “Christian Reconstructionism and the Angry Rhetoric of Neo-postmillennialism” by Anson Shupe in Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem, ed. Thomas Robbins and Susan J. Palmer.



[viii] Personally, I am pro-life. This is why I believe killing any and all people is morally objectionable.

[ix] Juergensmeyer. p.221.

[x] Martyrdom and Memory : Early Christian Culture Making, by Elizabeth Castelli.

[xi] Harriet Crabtree, The Christian Life: Traditional Metaphors and Contemporary Theologies.


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