American Atheists claims to be terrified that Republicans will create a Christian theocracy and it denies America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. It also seriously believes that Christian terrorists pose a serious threat to them.
David Silverman, President of American Atheists, spoke at CPAC 2015 and, in an interview with me, made several astonishing claims. He denied that America was ever a Christian nation, feared that it would become one under Republicans, and asserted that Christians are terrorists.
For decades now, the Left has redefined terrorism as something either conservative or Christian in nature. Despite the indisputable nature of the Islamist threat to America and civilization itself, the Left’s preferred bogeyman is conservative Christians. Even in the face of beheading by Muslims in the name of Allah, the Left focuses on alleged Christian terrorism.
Those who charge conservatives and Christians with terrorism typically hold America in contempt and view America as the problem. Just as they are re-writing history as it is taking place, they have rewritten American history to expunge the good and replace it with something else.
Silverman fits the mold and exemplifies the pattern.
Equates Christianity with Islam
According to Silverman, “Christianity and Islam are both religions, they’re both mythologies, they’re both wrong. Neither is better than the other.”
He accused Christians of hypocrisy, saying, “It’s really hypocritical when somebody who’s really very pushy about Christianity criticizes those who are pushy about Islam.”
Qualifying his outrage, Silverman explained, “Christianity is a threat to atheists but to a much lesser extent than Islam is because Islam is younger and Islam is less civilized and Islam has sects of it that are much less civilized than others. There are sects of Islam that are perfectly reasonable and acceptable and peaceful and wonderful – good people. But there are also sects of Islam that are awful. There are also sects of Christianity that are awful.”
But, of course, Silverman was unable to provide an actual example of a Christian sect which is “awful.”
Silverman continued parsing his words: “When we talk about one being a threat over another, it’s actually a misnomer. We’re not talking about Christianity or Islam. We’re talking about sects of Christianity and sects of Islam.”
Silverman continued, “And, yes, there are some sects of Christianity that are quite dangerous to atheists, quite dangerous to the atheists’ civil rights, and quite dangerous to atheists’ health.” But, again, he failed to explain how, exactly, Christians are dangerous to atheists. Though he did raise the specter of Christian terrorists!
Beware Christian Terrorists
Silverman defamed Christians, claiming, “No, Christianity does have to worry about it. A good example is Anders Breivik, who is the guy who shot up all those kids in Norway two years ago. He wrote a Christian manifesto, said he was doing it in the name of Jesus. And the response that we got from some of the Christian Right was, ‘Well, he’s not a Christian.’ Well, he was. He was a Christian just as much as you are, just as much as Bill O’Reilly is.”
Except, that’s a lie. Breivik did not commit terror in the name of Jesus. He committed terror in the name of cultural restoration.
Anders Behring Breivik was not a Christian and he was not part of a Christian sect. The Wikipedia entry on Breivik illuminates the truth:
“The manifesto states its author is ‘100 percent Christian’, but he is not ‘excessively religious’ and considers himself a ‘cultural Christian’ and a ‘modern-day crusader.’ His manifesto states ‘I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person, as that would be a lie,’ calls religion a crutch and a source for drawing mental strength, and says ‘I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment.’ Regarding the term cultural Christian, which he says means preserving European culture, he notes, ‘It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy…)’ Furthermore, Breivik stated that ‘myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.’ Nevertheless, he stated that he planned to pray to God seeking for his help during his attacks.”
In contradistinction to what Silverman thinks, a “Christian” would, by definition, be “a very religious person” and would not consider religion a “crutch.” A “Christian” would not be very “influenced” by a “secular surroundings and environment” and would never use the terms “Christian-agnostic” or “Christian-atheist.”
Breivik’s concerns were cultural, not spiritual. Christianity, to him, was a matter of culture, not faith. He, by his own admission, had no “personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.”
Christians, by definition, believe that Jesus – the Son of God – died for the salvation of believers. With His resurrection, celebrated at Easter, Jesus rose victorious over death that we might live for His glory. Jesus’ gospel is one of peace, not violence.
Ever the victim, Silverman asserted, “Was Anders Breivik a danger to me? Yes, of course he was. Very much. Just like the Islamists who are chopping off the heads of blasphemers and Christians in other countries.”
False Charges by Leftists
But this is nothing new. The Daily Beast recently claimed, “Yes, There Are Christian Terrorists.”
Amidst a series of defamatory charges, Dean Obeidallah asserted, “The anti-Muslim militias in the Central African Republic may not get the same attention as ISIS, but let’s not forget that people are still doing awful things in the name of Christianity.”
Most prominent in his assertions, Obeidallah claimed that Christian militias are ethnically cleansing Muslims from the Central African Republic. Just one tiny problem: They are not Christians!
His source material actually admits, “members are drawn almost exclusively from the Christian and animist population. They swear an oath of secrecy and carry ‘gris-gris’ amulets they believe make them immune from bullets and protect them from harm.”
They are not Christians. Calling them “Christian militants” does not make it true.
Obeidallah also brings up the “Lord’s Resistance Army,” which he himself identifies as “a pseudo-Christian cult whose announced goal is to impose the Ten Commandants as the law of Uganda.”
Did you catch that? It is “a pseudo-Christian cult.” It’s not Christian! It’s phony!
But what about the Ten Commandments? Jews and other non-Christians se value in the Decalogue. But what of the LRA? LRA commander Vincent Otti explains, “Lord’s Resistance Army is just the name of the movement, because we are fighting in the name of God.” Notice, he didn’t say which God.
“God is the one helping us in the bush. That’s why we created this name, Lord’s Resistance Army. And people always ask us, are we fighting for the Ten Commandments of God. That is true – because the Ten Commandments of God is the constitution that God has given to the people of the world. All people. If you go to the constitution, nobody will accept people who steal, nobody could accept to go and take somebody’s wife, nobody could accept to kill the innocent, or whatever. The Ten Commandments carries all this.”
In other words, his is a political platform divorced from Christianity and without Christ.
Marie Harf, propagandist for the State Department, also cited LRA as her prime example of Christian terrorism. But National Review pointed out, “Kony [is] a practitioner of Ancholi mystical traditions with 88 wives, a flair for Biblical apocalypticism, and, if we take him at his word, 13 spirits (one of them Chinese) dwelling within him.”
Obeidallah – as so many on the Left are wont to do – also called Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph a “Christian terrorist.”
No, he wasn’t. Rudolph admitted, “I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible.”
Obeidallah also cited the murderer of abortionist George Tiller, claiming, “His killer, Scott Roeder, was a born-again Christian who claimed that he the killing ‘was justified to save the lives of unborn children.’”
In reality, Roeder had a long history of psychiatric illness.
Obeidallah concluded his column, denying reality:
“But we can’t deny reality. There are people who commit acts of terrorism in the name of every faith, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or Islam, even if it’s just terrorist adherents of the latter that gets all the media attention.”
In reality, the world does not have to worry about Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or Amish terrorists. It does have to worry about Islamic jihadists – hundreds of thousands of them at the very least – who commit jihad based upon a logical interpretation of Islam.