‘Christian terrorist’ is oxymoron

NewsOK.com, June 25, 2003 (Opinion)
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By Rep. Bill Graves

Since Eric Rudolph was arrested for the bombing of abortion clinics and other offenses, I have heard some media people label him a “Christian terrorist” since he purports to be a Christian. Even Leonard Pitts Jr. has said (syndicated column, June 10) that he’s not convinced that it is “a bad thing” to call Rudolph a Christian terrorist.

The thinking seems to be that if we call the Muslims who were responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and many other terrorist activities “Muslim terrorists,” we must out of fairness call Rudolph a Christian terrorist. This is counterfeit logic. One problem is that in most all of the news reports about 9/11, I have very seldom read or heard the perpetrators called “Muslim terrorists.” They have been simply called “terrorists.” However, the biggest problem with this logic is that Islam is not the wonderful peaceful religion that its proponents would have us believe.

I have a friend who is an ex-Muslim. When she converted to Christianity, her own family put out a contract on her life. This is because the Koran, the book of Islam, instructs the killing of infidels or non-Muslims. Their targets are mainly Christians. It was reported that thousands rejoiced in the Muslim world because of 9/11.

On the other hand, the Bible, the book of Christianity, truly is a book of peace, teaches brotherly love and categorically condemns murder and suicide. True Christians were not rejoicing after Rudolph bombed the abortion clinics and committed other foul deeds. Jesus Christ said in regard to those who are Christians, “by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20. Terrorism, murder and suicide are not fruits of Christianity although they obviously are of Islam.

To call Rudolph a “Christian terrorist” is like calling a dog a cat. No matter how much one may insist that a dog is a cat, it must remain a dog. By the same token a terrorist cannot be a Christian even if he or we call him that. The term “Christian terrorist” is an oxymoron — and worse, it is a slander of the Christian religion.

Graves, R-Oklahoma City, represents District 84 in the state House of Representatives.

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