Saturday, November 28, 2015

One More Thought on the Politics of Fear and Being a Good Christian

The hysteria over 10,000 Syrian immigrants continues.  Here in New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state, we are being visited daily by the unholy scum that represent the GOP Presidential hopefuls.  Each are airing commercials around the clock playing on the American fear of ISIS.  Each is claiming to have the plan to defeat them, and each is sworn to stop Muslim immigration, including “children under five years old” according to Chris Christie.  

Some, like Trump, are demanding the registration and tracking of Muslims in the US and the closing of Mosques.  Jeb Bush only wants to admit Christian Syrians. When asked how he’d conduct such a test of religious acceptability he wasn’t quite sure, preferring to dodge the question. I imagine he’d use a technique similar to how ISIS identifies devout Muslims - demanding they quote from memory some passages from their holy book…on punishment of death.    

Some of the far right web sites are insisting that the Obama plan to help those Syrian refugees is his attempt to destroy America from within - a sickness that infects the brains of Birthers, and assorted extremist right wing racists, not so surreptitiously supported by innuendo from the Ultra-Conservative talking heads (AKA FOX News). 

  So, what exactly is the truth about this Muslim refugee threat to our lives and property and way of life?  The U.S. has brought in more than 1.5 million Muslims through the refugee program since the passage of the Refugee Act of 1980. They have been coming from Islamic states with active jihadist movements such as Somalia, Bangladesh, Burma, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the past five years 680,000 Muslims were admitted to the US under the refugee program.*

While an estimated one to two-hundred US Muslims are believed to have gone to Syria to fight along side ISIS… I’m having difficulty finding examples of Muslims who have come here through the refugee program committing a single act of murder.  In fact, of all the FBI and Homeland security arrests for terrorism conspiracy, or attempting to support ISIS with money all were US home grown Muslim converts, or immigrants except for nine ( 9 ) who were admitted under the Refugee Act.**  NINE OUT OF 1.5 MILLION MUSLIM REFUGEES.   As for how many murders and mass killings were caused by Muslim refugees allowed in under the strict controls of the Refugee Act - the number is ZERO.

Meanwhile, yesterday another good Christian committed another act of terrorism, killing three and wounding nine in a Planned Parenthood invasion.  I’ll bet dollars to donuts he is going to declare he was doing God’s Work protecting the unborn.

In TexAss armed white Christian vigilantes in masks and carrying semi-auto rifles are stalking Muslim citizens as they walk to their Mosque -their campaign of terror and intimidation unhampered by the local white Christian police because of the “open carry” idiocy in that state of horrors.

June 17th of this year, a man rose from a pew in the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and opened fire killing nine worshipers. The shooter had been photographed wearing patches representing the racist apartheid regimes in Southwest Africa, had a Confederate license plate on his vehicle, was shouting about how blacks have been raping white women, and was a member in good standing of a local Lutheran Church.

Jim David Adkisson, a devout Christian and anti-abortion right-winger, walked into a Knoxville church on July 27th, 2008, and began firing a shotgun at children who were performing Annie Jr. He killed two and wounded seven, targeting “the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.”

The KKK, a Christ loving organization, has more blood on its member’s hands than we can count.  Hell… American’s murder each other at a rate of 25,000+ a year…more than any nation on the planet not fighting a war on their home turf.  But lets just focus on 10,000 Syrian refugees causing mass mayhem because...Islam.

So, where is the outcry from the GOP and their religious faithful against their own religious brethren's violent streak and terrorism?  Why are they not calling for the registration and tracking of Christians, and closing of churches ?  Where is the justification, reason and logic behind their Muslim refugee fear mongering?  Where is that Christian love they always talk about?

How do they reconcile their behavior with what their man-god was alleged to have said in Mathew 25:   “…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’   

And when he was asked how they could have done that for him, when they never in fact did, it is written that he answered: Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Good Christians”?  I say not one “good Christian” stands among the self-righteous and hypocritical self-proclaimed Christians of the GOP and their supporters.  Let fear and distortion and hypocrisy rule… let their man-god thing and his words be damned.  




Riley the Atheist Dog said...

Can you imagine the outrage if masked Muslims were stalking inbred christofascist rightards with semiautomatic weapons as the latter walked to church? Where are the "moderate" christians now?

Only tangentially related to your post, Hump, but here is yet another demonstration that "good christian" is an oxymoron that strikes particularly close to my atheist canine heart.

When my daughter told me the moron was in FloridAss, I immediately assumed she was a white-trash repuglican christian. Guess who was right?

Glad you returned to your blog, Hump!

Dromedary Hump said...

As usual you're not barking up the wrong tree.

When Christians persecute, when they kill, when they discriminate, when they abuse's always "Oh..but they aren't TRUE Christian." I expect to see that "no true Scotsman" argument coming down the pike with the Planned Parenthood slaughter.

I'm just waiting to hear the "REAL good Christians" decry the GOP hopefuls as "not true Christians" for the mindless hate and fear they are perpetrating on their less than bright right wing fanatical xenophobic supporters.

I won't hold my breath.

longhorn believer said...

Saw the No True Scotsman fallacy just yesterday regarding the PP attack. What references did you use to get these numbers? They're really coming in handy when arguing on the interwebs. I did find this article illuminating, but most people would say it's an argument against yours. I don't see it that way, but thought it was informative:

Dromedary Hump said...


and yet...we have yet to have a refugee actually commit a terrorist act in this country. I note in that article the methodology for reviewing refugee applications was changed after that individual's entry. It is quite intense, involving 6 or 7 governmental agencies and 18 to 24 months wait time. I'd have to be a real dumb terrorist to submit myself to that, when the "get in with no visa from Europe" option is wide open right now.

The links at the bottom of my posting provides the details of the stats I quoted.

David said...

I think the hysteria that you are describing is largely motivated by political and Xtian self interests, as well as a healthy serving of good old fashioned Xenophobia.

Let me state that I do not like Islam. I do not like what it does to identify anyone other than heterosexual men as inhuman and I do not like the way it treats women as property.

But I suppose I am a little more sympatheic towards regligionists that understand that they should just keep it to themselves. I think Christians are more likely to do this in some developed countries more so than the US, and I am inclined to think that despite the sensationist rhetoric, sometimes Muslims migrating to our nations do this a bit better than Christians do. Your stats seem to suggest this. Religious fundamentalism is a mental disorder that will occur any place humans inhabit, and those affected by the disorder are unlikely to present as humanitarian refugees. There are more efficient ways of getting in the country if all they intend to do is blow themselves up along with a bunch of Westeners.

Dromedary Hump said...

Well said. I fully concur.