Is Christian Terrorism Growing In The United States?

militia Writing for Religion Dispatches, Mark Juergensmeyer claims that a violent Christian extremist movement is growing in the United States. (The murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller and the Hutaree militia’s pipe bomb plot would be two examples.) Is his argument legitimate?

At the extreme right wing of Dominion Theology is a relatively obscure theological movement that Mike Bray found particularly appealing: Reconstruction Theology, whose exponents long to create a Christian theocratic state. Bray had studied their writings extensively and possessed a shelf of books written by Reconstruction authors. The convicted anti-abortion killer Paul Hill cited Reconstruction theologians in his own writings and once studied with a founder of the movement, Greg Bahnsen, at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Rev. Paul Hill, Rev. Michael Bray, and other Reconstructionists—along with Dominion theologians such as the American politician and television host Pat Robertson and many other right-wing Christian activists today—are postmillenialists. Hence they believe that a Christian kingdom must be established on Earth before Christ’s return. They take seriously the idea of a Christian society and a form of religious politics that will make biblical code the law of the United States.

These activists are quite serious about bringing Christian politics into power. Bray said that it is possible, under the right conditions, for a Christian revolution to sweep across the United States and bring in its wake Constitutional changes that would allow for biblical law to be the basis of social legislation. Failing that, Bray envisaged a new federalism that would allow individual states to experiment with religious politics on their own. When I asked Bray what state might be ready for such an experiment, he hesitated and then suggested Louisiana and Mississippi, or, he added, “maybe one of the Dakotas.”

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  • http://lovewithoutsound.tumblr.com adam

    They realize they are slowly becoming irrelevant.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Far too slowly.

      • Billdunigan

        I’ve read all of these different post’s and here is my reply. I will give it, though, I’m sure it will just go over the head of most who have posted on here. For most sound as though they have an ax to grind. For the most seemingly have accepted an antichrist spirit. Which put in plain English, is saying: You have joined ranks with the prince of darkness, therefore, love to read or make comments of hatreds about Christianity.

        Of course, the Christian movement is a tremendously large movement which covers the entire universe. Knowing that, all would know that everything said or done in the name of Christianity would not be as it should be. However, as most will know, this would also be true of any large movement. That is, whether or not it has anything to do with Christianity.

        The Bible gives us the fruits of the spirit: which is Joy, peace, and love, long suffering, goodness, kindness, that we may look for within our own lives as well as the lives that profess Christianity.
        So, lets not be so judgmental, and just consecrate on living our own lives in such a way to bring both honor and praise to both our own lives and that of our fellowman, and also our beloved country, American.

        With that I’ll only say: May our Lord, Jesus, bless both you and yours by bringing you out of darkness into his marvelous light. If you hear that still small voice within pleading with you…do not, by no means, turn him away. For if you should this will be one of your life’s greatest mistakes.

        Much love: Your brother in Christ Jesus, who is both our Lord and Savior. If you cannot call him you’re Lord, and Savior today…just put out the invite for him to come into you heart and live.

        William Dunigan

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          There are a number of people whom would consider believing in a god of some sort. The problem is people with attitudes such as yours. No one in their right mind wants to be rank and file with your mindset unless they were brought up with a strict christian upbringing. The problems lie with a simple misunderstanding that IF a god exists, it would have no opinions remotely relavent to the beliefs that have been forced upon its common perception by the monotheistic religions. If there is a god, there are none whom follow the strict religious dogma that can say what it would want/desire/prefer of humanity. Dogma and fanaticism are the product of those in power invoking the name God, to control the masses and retain power. Why else is it taboo or, I don’t hesitate to say “evil”, to question the word of “God”.

          If there is a god the only way one could really know the mind of it would be to accept some hidden knowledge(sometimes called gnosis). If hearing it from another human, the probability of a lie for power increases dramatically.

          You can ask some interesting questions when you are half way between a Deist and an Atheist, all of which begin with “if there is a god”.

  • Hadrian999

    starting theocratic states in the poorest regions of the country…..what could possibly go wrong

  • Xanaganda

    What terrorist acts have been made in the name of Christ in this country or anywhere? Besides England and Ireland.

    • tonyviner

      Anything involving the Phelps bunch is meant to strike fear and (gasp!) terror into the hearts of nonbelievers everywhere, but mostly at funerals. In America.

    • Jacob

      Over the last three decades, there have been numerous (sometimes deadly) acts of terrorist violence committed against abortion clinics/providers by Christian fanatics in the name of Jesus — shootings and bombings meant both to kill people and to “send a message” and instill fear. And the author argues that this is just one subset of homegrown Christian terrorism.

  • radiac

    Jihad?
    Yee-hawd!

    onward christian soldiers….

  • Belcat

    As far as I'm concerned they are already terrorizing the population with their conservative views. No violence yet, but plenty of “don't do this, our christian laws can't handle it”. Eg, no gay marriage, no abortions, no gay members proms, no stem cell research, no definition of “oral sex” in the dictionary, the list goes on. People mock the Muslims for niqab, but the Christians have their own set of ridiculous rules.

    • 5by5

      Actually, if you count the murders of women's doctors, they've committed quite a bit of violence already. Add racism into the mix and you've got gems like dragging Mr. Byrd behind a pickup truck until his head popped clean off. And of course they WANT to do more. RJ Rushdooney, the founder of this Dominionism heresy, wanted to get old school – stone adulterer, execute gays, put Biblical Law above Constitutional Law.

      The whole movement is a giant bucket of crazy from start to finish.

      Frankly, I'm with Margaret Cho on this one. I can't WAIT until Jesus gets back, just so he can say to these people, “THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT…!!!!”

  • tonyviner

    Portions of Christianity have been terrorizing this country for a long time now. People are just starting to become wise to their antics.

  • job

    lolz…isn't America in the middle east TERRORISM?

  • mcgibbo

    It probably is growing, I wouldn't know not being American or living there. What I do know though is that fundamentalisms of all colours and creeds appear to be on the rise, I think we've got to learn to live with each other, it's gonna be tough but if medical science keeps making advances we could all be living to 150! We definitley need to stop picking fault and nit picking with each other and recognise our similarities rather than create dissociations between what are at the end other Human beings. It's easy to ridicule what other people think and to argue endlessley about what is truth and what is fact, what's difficult is to find common ground and to build upon that ground, to build something great such as a truly civilized society.

    People like these lunatics do no good for anybody, there's no positive outcome that a message of hate can bring, all they do is further the gulf between people and turn positives into negatives. The ideas these madmen hold are completely unchristian have they not read of the sinful woman, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, or do these crazies believe they are without sin because they have been cleansed in the blood of the Lamb? It's a skewed view of love if you think God will permit the killing of doctors because you don't agree with what they're doing. They should be grateful that the state is providing a safe legal place for abortion not some back street nanny with a clothes hanger, I don't agree with abortion but that doesn't give me the right to tell other people what they can and can't do. In an ideal society we wouldn't need abortion we would never have an unwanted child, we'd have a more loving approach where a child would be adopted if the biological mother didn't want the child. Unfortunately that's never going to happen is it? Killing people isn't going to get us there anyway, that I am sure of.

  • Spooky

    The issue isn't whether or not its on the rise, but what can/should we do about it.

    • 5by5

      Revoke their tax-exempt status for starters. They aren't supposed to support particular candidates from the pulpit yet these “mega-churches” break that rule on a regular basis. Start sending in IRS officials into the sermons, and the second they pull that crap, yank their tax exempt status. You'll bankrupt them in about a minute and a half. That's a good start. Let them actually BE LIKE JESUS, and take that vow of poverty seriously for a change.

      • Spooky

        It's not bad in theory but here in the South plenty of those IRS agents already attend those churches regularly.

  • oman28

    “Christian Terrorists”? That's as oxymoronic as “Holy War”.
    Mind you, I'm sure that pipe bombs are mentioned in the bible somewhere

  • cosmicape

    Was any of you born and raised in a christian family? if so, maybe you remember actually believing this stuff… and maybe you felt strongly about it up until “the cosmic wake up call” after puberty. The scary thing is those who never got that wake up call (be it just a simple understanding of the naturalness of masturbation and reasoning through the discovery and connection of all the other information that happens to of been available while you happen to decide to be receptive to it thanks to our new world of the internet)… Time are getting weirder and people are getting madder (like the scene we recently see posted from Network)… We all know we're due for another revolution of freedom/discovery/creativity vs. restriction/war/religious intolerance, and this is the result of those people who kept in the brainwash-program which happened to be the Christian program (as opposed to Islam or some other horribly restrictive popular-cult) since childhood… No one was ever there to lend them a hand when they began to doubt all the beautiful and horrible things their Victim mommy and victim daddy told them thus making them a victim of the program. What needs to be done here is that the so-called atheists and religious skeptics should rise and start popularizing and aggressively supporting their godless/earthly/natural feelings and views. Like the signs we've been hearing about “Got God? Millions don't and they're doing just fine.” or something along those lines…. well, for any of you kids who might be reading this and you happen to have some money and a good friend who takes your mail for you so mommy and daddy won't find out your brilliant light secret (as opposed to what you may have thought a “horrible dark secret”) try to get a hold of some of these books:
    •Breaking free from Cults AND that includes Religion: Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from
    •Destructive Cults by Steven Hassan
    •Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward (Author), Craig Buck
    •Shame and guilt by Dearing
    •Shame and Guilt: masters of disguise by Middelton-Moz
    •Nietzsche, Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist, Walter Kaufmann
    •Introduction to Philosophical Analysis by John Hospers 2nd edition
    •Conquering Deception by Jef Nance
    •On the Improvement of the Understanding (Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect) (Dodo Press) by •Benedict de Spinoza (Author), R. H. M. Elwes (Translator)
    •The Art of reasoning by David Kelley
    •Post Modern Logic by Negoita
    •On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (Author)
    •Monsters & Magical Sticks by Steven Heller, Ph.D. and Terry Steele
    •Cosmic Trigger I : Final Secret of the Illuminati (Paperback) by Robert A. Wilson
    •Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson
    •Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World by Robert Anton Wilson
    •Prescription For Rebellion by Robert Lindner
    •Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices by Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D.

    check out http://thezeitgeistmovment.com and keep it in mind when and if you get a little older.

    And All of the Disinformation Books are highly recommended

    Peace

    • mcgibbo

      That venus project just sounds like another cult though, “Finally, preparing people intellectually and emotionally for the changes and challenges that lie ahead.” I'm sure they are well intentioned but like any movement which gains popularity it would become corrupted that is human nature. I hope they don't end up like the communists and the fascists did in the 20th century.

  • cosmicape

    if you know anything past the surface of the Venus Projects cities and the Zeitgeist Movement's logo, you'd know that they address this issue and this assumption directly. Fresco says that Communism and Fascism has guns, war, banks, military, government, etc. and the Venus Project does not have any of that. And if you've read thoroughly enough into the extensive details of the Venus Project, it is a technical revolution which aims to put super advanced globally-connected Artificial Intelligence as the core of humanities Big decision making. There would be no hierarchy and there would be no human leaders – they address this directly – seriously please read more about it or watch more of the videos or interviews of Fresco… and as far as it being just like another cult… My friend, I am well aware of what the cult-minded people are like as well as their cult leader representatives, and from the people I met at Z-day and the people I've been talking to, it's certainly not a cult… A cult would have attributes similar to those in this video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDUra3zAuec
    It's a social gathering of people who want to have a resource based economy without money and to use technology to raise human potential and INCENTIVE to it's maximum potential and functionality…. And Fresco suggests that we do this or we will have a painful future since the monetary and militaristic system we live in can not sustain itself among other reasons discussed in the Zeitgeist Addendum Movie.
    http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/
    http://www.thevenusproject.com/ (be sure to check out the interviews with Jacque Fresco or at least look at the FAQ)
    http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/ (and notice how this merges ideas of so many peace movements and their luminaries)

    have a nice day

    • mcgibbo

      I'll check it out when I get chance mate, nice one.

  • William Dunigan

    GREETINGS AND FAITHFUL SAYINGS:

    Greetings to one and all: In that most precious name. That name which is above every name, the name: “Jesus” ____There’s tremendous power in that name. I’d suppose we’ll never fully realize all that can truly be accomplished, by us simply calling out that name in true faith.____There’s an old, old, gospel song that goes like this: Faith in the Father, faith in the Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, great victories are won. Demons will tremble and
    sinners will awake, faith in Jehovah will anything shake.____For you who have never come into this realization, if you’re reading this, just give him a welcome into your heart and life. You will both feel and see an awesome difference. You will have also purchased the ticket to heaven (by accepting), therefore making him welcome to come into your life. You will also sup from His cup that contains living water. (As did the woman at the well of Bethesda.) John 4:10____Much love, ____Your brother in Christ Jesus, who is both our Lord, and Savior.____www.eloquentbooks.com/BeyondTheGoldenSunsetAndByT… “http://www.eloquentbooks.com/OffToVisitTheProphetElijah____” …

  • William Dunigan

    GREETINGS AND FAITHFUL SAYINGS:

    Greetings to one and all: In that most precious name. That name which is above every name, the name: “Jesus” ____There's tremendous power in that name. I'd suppose we'll never fully realize all that can truly be accomplished, by us simply calling out that name in true faith.____There's an old, old, gospel song that goes like this: Faith in the Father, faith in the Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, great victories are won. Demons will tremble and
    sinners will awake, faith in Jehovah will anything shake.____For you who have never come into this realization, if you're reading this, just give him a welcome into your heart and life. You will both feel and see an awesome difference. You will have also purchased the ticket to heaven (by accepting), therefore making him welcome to come into your life. You will also sup from His cup that contains living water. (As did the woman at the well of Bethesda.) John 4:10____Much love, ____Your brother in Christ Jesus, who is both our Lord, and Savior.____www.eloquentbooks.com/BeyondTheGoldenSunsetAndByT… “http://www.eloquentbooks.com/OffToVisitTheProphetElijah____” …

  • ChaorderGradient

    There are a number of people whom would consider believing in a god of some sort. The problem is people with attitudes such as yours. No one in their right mind wants to be rank and file with your mindset unless they were brought up with a strict christian upbringing. The problems lie with a simple misunderstanding that IF a god exists, it would have no opinions remotely relavent to the beliefs that have been forced upon its common perception by the monotheistic religions. If there is a god, there are none whom follow the strict religious dogma that can say what it would want/desire/prefer of humanity. Dogma and fanaticism are the product of those in power invoking the name God, to control the masses and retain power. Why else is it taboo or, I don’t hesitate to say “evil”, to question the word of “God”.

    If there is a god the only way one could really know the mind of it would be to accept some hidden knowledge(sometimes called gnosis). If hearing it from another human, the probability of a lie for power increases dramatically.

    You can ask some interesting questions when you are half way between a Deist and an Atheist, all of which begin with “if there is a god”.

  • Hapeboy1111

    These reconstructionists are barely a blip on the radar of Christendom. They are not widely popular and if they ever do go violent (which they very rarely do) the rest of Christendom calls condemnations down on them. Conversely, how man Imams have we yet seen who call down hellfire on Osama and the rest of the Jihadists in the world? Seems that you have to go to extremes to find those who go on holy wars in the name of Christ these days, but those who would kill in the name of Allah and Mohammad are a dime a dozen around the world..

  • Hapeboy1111

    These reconstructionists are barely a blip on the radar of Christendom. They are not widely popular and if they ever do go violent (which they very rarely do) the rest of Christendom calls condemnations down on them. Conversely, how man Imams have we yet seen who call down hellfire on Osama and the rest of the Jihadists in the world? Seems that you have to go to extremes to find those who go on holy wars in the name of Christ these days, but those who would kill in the name of Allah and Mohammad are a dime a dozen around the world..

  • Norwegterror

    Norwegian Christian Terrorist …, no more to explain.

  • Norwegterror

    Norwegian Christian Terrorist …, no more to explain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFOFZHLUNJCQATOHPSVHSFKP3I pw

    You dumb idiots who believe this hyped up myth are just BEGGING for corporate fascist government to come in and set up shop to “protect you”

    F*cking idiots for real. The christian teabaggers wont hurt you!! Even if the glowing box in the corner of the room tells you otherwise!!

    Remember how scared you were of brown people? Well you are still more likely to die from a bee sting so stop being such bloody sheep, barked around by a sheep dog!!

    You are being brain f*cked by the elite controllers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFOFZHLUNJCQATOHPSVHSFKP3I pw

    You dumb idiots who believe this hyped up myth are just BEGGING for corporate fascist government to come in and set up shop to “protect you”

    F*cking idiots for real. The christian teabaggers wont hurt you!! Even if the glowing box in the corner of the room tells you otherwise!!

    Remember how scared you were of brown people? Well you are still more likely to die from a bee sting so stop being such bloody sheep, barked around by a sheep dog!!

    You are being brain f*cked by the elite controllers.