The Terrorist Threat from Non-Islamic Religions
From The Wittenberg Door archives . . .
WASHINGTON — A Baptist organization committed to religious freedom for all has urged Rep. Peter King and his committee to broaden the scope of the planned hearing on the “radicalization” of American Muslims scheduled for Thursday.
Rep. King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has singled out the Muslim faith, says J. Brent Walker, who is the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Walker said the implied suggestion that Terrorist threats to the American people result from one religious group is an insult to the millions of peaceful Muslim American citizens. . . .
. . . Walker said “the hearing will send a further message that Muslims present a greater threat of Terrorism than other religions,” and “it would imply that the potential for Terrorism from outside of Islam is not significant enough to merit a hearing.
The Baptist organization’s plea was for the committee to not only focus on Islamic radicals, but radicals of other faiths too. We can surmise from the Baptists’ concern that other religions pose as least as much threat as the Islamic radicals.
But who can blame them when you think of the Tibetan Monks who tried to detonate a car bomb in Time Square? Or, in Jacksonville FL, the pipe bomb attack upon a mosque carried out by Amish militants. Even in places where safety should be expected, like the most populated military installation in the world, Fort Hood. There, the bloody hand of a radicalized Hindu sect attacked, killing 13 and wounding 32. And how can we forget the most heinous attack by extremists on American soil: 9/11. It took just 19 members of a Christian Evangelical extremist group to murder 3,000 people; killing in the name of their god as they yelled, “Praise Jesus!”
Or was it Islamisist who committed these atrocities?
The number of terrorist attacks since 9/11 worldwide committed by radicals in the name of their god tells the tale:
- Islam – 16,961 (now 24,518)
- Budism – 0
- Hinduism – 0
- Christianity – 0
- Judaism – 0
So, according to the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, the threat from radicalized Islam is no greater than that of any other religion. I’m glad that truth matters to them.