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The Christian Double Standard on Religious Violence


Imagine if people blamed Christianity for this act of violence.

Imagine if people searched frantically through the Bible in the hope of digging up verses which could have justified this action (which is entirely possible).

Imagine if people used this attack to pass legislation banning all Christians from entering the country.

Imagine if people started asking “moderate” Christians to condemn this act of violence.

Imagine if people created an entire anti-Christian industry of propaganda linking this Christian and Christianity in general to barbarity, violence, oppression, terrorism, etc., etc.

Imagine if people spewed the term “radical Christian terrorism” after this event.

Imagine if people wondered if Christianity is compatible with American values based on this murder spree.

Imagine if people connected this attack to far-right wing Christian militias throughout the country.

Imagine if people identified this guy’s church and then called for increased surveillance around that community (and all those who might be similar or affiliated with it).

Imagine if double standards didn’t exist.

4 thoughts on “The Christian Double Standard on Religious Violence

  1. But you don’t have to search frantically through the Koran to find verses which can be used to justify violence do you? They are there in abundance, at least in the Medinan chapters.

    Unlike in the Bible, which is why this is not an honest comparison.


      1. Ah yes, the Canaanites. Exterminated. Job done. Therefore no Canaanite need worry today.
        Unlike the apparently open-ended commands to kill the infidel in the Koran, or at least that is how later Islamic tradition understood them to be.

        That is why I specifically used the phrase “verses which can be used to justify violence” ie today. We all know there are more violent passages in the Bible, even passages commanding violence, but even then they are:

        1. proportionately far fewer than in the Koran which is just a fraction of the length of the Bible.

        2. no longer current, partly because they were time and place specific and partly because both Jews and Christians have moved on from the Old Testament bloodshed.

        I would also make the point that the Bible starts out violent and becomes peaceful whereas the Koran starts out peaceful and becomes violent, reaching a crescendo in sura 9. That seems an important distinction to me.

        How very simplistic just to count the violent passages. It is hard to believe anyone would take it seriously but I guess it just suits your pre-conceived position. Tragic.


  2. We don’t need to dig up any passages from Quran. ISIS and other jihadists do it for us when they cite what motivated justified their crimes.


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