Jeb Bush Says There Are No Radical Christians, And It Is Very Easy To Prove Him Wrong
Jeb Bush appeared on “Fox and Friends” this morning to have a chat about Hillary Clinton’s statement on Sunday that “there are radicals, people who believe all kinds of things, in every religion in the world.”
Jeb, unsurprisingly, said that was “ridiculous,” and added “There are no radical Christians that are organizing to destroy Western civilization.”
Of course, there are Radical Christians. Quite a lot of them, actually! There’s the Army of God and other groups that have openly advocated for the murder of abortion clinic employees. There’s the KKK. There are Christian Identity groups which merge Christian beliefs with white supremacist beliefs — like the Aryan Nations and at least 21 organized and active ministries across the United States. In the 1980s, one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the country, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, subscribed to this philosophy.
There are also individual Radical Christians who don’t belong to any specific groups. Just a couple weeks ago, Robert Lewis Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood. Perhaps even more notably, there was Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber, who had been affiliated with the Christian Identity movement and had previously attacked an abortion clinic and a lesbian night club. Earlier this year, Robert Doggert was arrested for attempting to bomb a New York mosque.
I could go on, because really, there’s a hell of a lot of them.
In additions to these people, there are also “non-Radical” Christians who believe gay people should be put to death, like Ted Cruz’s friend Kevin Swanson.
Oh! And outside of America? There’s the Lord’s Resistance Army, headed up by one Joseph Kony.
Now, you can “No True Scotsman” that shit all day long, but the fact is–these people do exist, these groups do exist, and they consider themselves Christians. This is part of their theology. Does this mean that I would assume that all Christian people just might be Eric Rudolph or Joseph Kony? Or that they’re going to bomb an abortion clinic? Of course not!
The thing is, when these people and these groups commit these acts, we hear about them as being aberrant from “normal” Christianity. Which they are! But ISIL is aberrant from “normal” Islam as well. I say this as an atheist. I have no dog in this hunt–I think all religion is kind of weird, and I believe it has often been used to get people to commit heinous acts. I just think it’s ridiculous to say that only one religion has been used for this purpose, when clearly that is a false statement.
But hey–this is why you don’t make sweeping statements that can easily be proven false by anyone with half a brain and access to Google, just because those statements make your base feel good about themselves.