The Great ‘Christian Terrorist’ Unicorn Hunt

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke3/30/17
It’s amazing how stupid smart people can seem when intent on putting a square peg in a round hole. This is seen continually when certain apologists try to dig Islam out of its hole — the one dug deeper every time there’s another terrorist act.

Consider the recent London jihadist attack by Muslim convert Khalid Masood. Globe & Fail columnist Doug Saunders, proving he missed his calling as a contortionist, actually tweeted that Masood, like the “authors of UK’s other big Jihadi attacks, was not a Muslim. Born Adrian Elms.”

He explained his “reasoning” in a second tweet: “Not Muslim by background. The question is where extremists are coming from — in UK, often Christian families.” In other words, relevant to Saunders is the faith Masood was “born into,” which he had no choice in, not the beliefs he consciously chose to embrace as an adult.

Question: if a godless child of atheists converted to Christianity and committed terrorism, would Saunders blame the act on atheism?

Then, I’m sure Saunders isn’t fond of Ronald Reagan and his policies. Does he blame Democrats for them because Reagan came from a Democrat family and was one well into adulthood?

Obviously, if Christianity were the issue in terrorism, we’d see actual professed Christians committing such acts — not just Muslims, a few of whom once were Christian.

Moreover, anyone with a lick of understanding knows that converts make the most zealous believers. Who is more passionate about chess? Someone born to chess-loving parents who is indifferent about the game or a person who decides as an adult to play it three hours a day?

But human pretzels abound. On the Friday edition of HBO’s Real Time, Heat Street columnist and former Conservative member of the U.K. Parliament Louise Mensch echoed Saunder’s rationalization. She then responded to host Bill Maher’s statement that Masood was motivated by his religion with, “It has nothing to do with Islam, the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism.”

Aside from how telling it is that jihadi apologists must reach back 22 years for an example of significant non-Muslim domestic terrorism — McVeigh bombed a government building in 1995 — we can be sure his act had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism: McVeigh was an atheist.

Another Real Time guest, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, responded to a Maher point about there being no Christian armies like ISIS with, “The IRA that blew up London for 15 years!” What’s tragic is that a media personality could say something so inane without blowing up his career.

The Irish Republican Army, as its name suggests, was defined by being Irish Republicans (not Christian), just as the Islamic State is defined by being Islamic. The IRA had three well-defined goals:

  • It sought the end of British rule in Northern Ireland, not the end of other religions.
  • It desired the reunification of Ireland, not the unification of the world under one faith.
  • And it sought the establishment of a republic, not a theocracy. Its terrorists didn’t scream “Christ is King!” while committing violence; in fact, many of its early members were those atheist ideologues known as communists.

Moreover, the IRA was devoted to fighting one government in one place; it wasn’t a worldwide movement seeking to subdue all of humanity. Equating it with the Islamic State is, quite frankly, stupid.

While Maher deserves credit for standing up to this head-in-sand lunacy, his defense was lacking. His main response was to point out that the events cited by his pitiful panel were in the past; he also contributed to the problem by citing the “Inquisition” as also being analogous to Muslim terrorism. Yet this is like saying that today’s “Human Rights Tribunals” are also terrorist entities.

First, realize that it’s hard to find a civilization that didn’t have laws against heresy. Pre-Christian pagan civilizations such as the Romans and Greeks sure did; in fact, one of the crimes legendary philosopher Socrates was executed for was “mocking the gods.” There also were Protestant inquisitions along with the well-known Catholic ones.

But consider: the first inquisition wasn’t instituted until the 12th century. What happened to heretics for the first 1,100 years of Christian history?

Answer: they were judged by the government. They’d be brought before the local lord, who likely had little training in law or theology and who might want to dispose of the case before dinner.  Consequently, his judgments were often arbitrary and capricious, and many people were unjustly convicted.

As a response, the Church instituted inquisitions — the first being in southern France in 1184 — for the purposes of bringing order and justice to the process. People forget that “inquisition” means “inquiry,” and that was the tribunals’ job: to inquire into the validity of heresy charges.

The result? Most defendants were acquitted or received light punishments — and none were executed by the inquisitions. This is because heresy was not a capital crime under Church law, only under government law. In fact, the now notorious Spanish Inquisition was considered in its time the best run court in Europe, with jails so good that criminals in state custody were known to purposely blaspheme in order to be transferred to them.

For more information, read my essay on the matter, that of medieval scholar Professor Thomas Madden, or watch the below BBC documentary, “The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition.”

Of course, Americans generally don’t appreciate thought-police bodies, but that’s not the point. The aforementioned Human Rights Tribunals — which render “hate speech” judgments — are inquisitions. Yet I don’t think Bill Maher would equate them with the Islamic State.

It’s only surprising that Maher’s panel didn’t also mention the Crusades, defensive wars that were designed to stave off Muslim aggression and which, quite possibly, saved Western civilization. It’s usually thrown in there when people are making up anti-Christian history.

Of course, it goes without saying that Christians did at times use violence, yet when done unjustly this violates the faith itself. And is sin surprising? Christians are just imperfect people trying to live up to a perfect standard. As G.K. Chesterton put it, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

It’s also true that, on occasion, Christianity has been enforced with an iron fist. Charlemagne certainly did this. But what hasn’t been? Why, we spread democracy at a bayonet’s tip when invading Arab lands and engaging in “nation building.”

The reality, though, is that the Christian norm has been to spread the faith by the word; the Muslim norm has been conversion by the sword.

And perhaps this was reflected in a very interesting German study involving 45,000 young people. Released in 2010, it found that while increasing religiosity made Christian youth less violent, it made Muslim youth more violent.

There simply is no Christian analogue, in all of history, to today’s Islamic terrorism. It only exists in the minds of quislings who, wittingly or not, have become the propaganda arm of global jihad.

(Hat tip: American Thinker’s Rick Moran.)

Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) is a traditionalist media personality whose work has been published widely online and in print, appearing at outlets such as The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily and American Thinker. Contact Selwyn Duke or log on to • (936 views)

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21 Responses to The Great ‘Christian Terrorist’ Unicorn Hunt

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    An excellent example of just how seriously pagans could take their religious rites can be found in the trial (and execution) of the victorious Athenian commanders after the battle of Arginusae.

    The Inquisition could be quite harsh, but they did have standards. I’ve long suspected that our concept of the “third degree” comes from their approach to torture. The first level was to show the suspect the instruments of torture; the second was to let the person study them carefully and see how they worked. (Galileo faced one of those levels.) Only at the third stage was torture actually used.

    The IRA was/is a nationalist force (like the PLO), but it also has a religious aspect to it. They never included any Protestants, and probably favored Catholicism as an official state religion much as the Church of England is across the Irish Sea.

    Human pretzels. A lovely image, and very apt for many liberals.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Speaking of human pretzels, Tucker Carlson has been scintillating tonight in exposing some of them. Just now he was dealing with a supporter of immigration sanctuaries — and challenged him to explain why such sanctuaries wouldn’t also apply to people who don’t pay their taxes, or register their guns, or whatever.

    He also had another human pretzel on earlier regarding the Russia investigation — and in particularly, why it’s unpatriotic to question the “17 intelligence agencies” (i.e,, 17 Obama hacks who ran them, and most of whom merely accepted what the others said) who blamed Russia for the Podesta hack. (Carlson kept trying to get him to supply actual evidence instead of just treating the Authorities as above criticism.)

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Those at the top who claim there is no difference between Islam and Christianity, when it comes to violence, are simply liars.

    The rest who believe this can, by in large, be broken down into; 1)the irrationally angry, 2) the ignorant and 3) the stupid.

    If I recall correctly, over the years, the IRA had plenty of communist/socialist atheists among it’s ranks.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised. We see the same thing with Palestinian nationalism. The root cause behind it is Islam — yet most of its leaders are socialists, not devout Muslims.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of my meditations this April Fools Day, Mr. Kung, is measuring the difference between the good and the rotten, the deep and the shallow, the men-with-chests and the destructively foolish. And I’m sure a fair evaluation puts me much closer to the latter categories than the former.

      From my own narrow perspective (and I admit to it being a narrow perspective), people are obsessing over important things in ways that trivialize those things.

      When I started this site, it was like building a beautiful (although sometimes leaky and tipsy) boat from scratch on the shore with the wide-eyed idea of setting sail into adventurous seas. Well, the boat is reliable enough but the seas turned out to be filled with sludge, toxic waste, tar, old bottles, discarded shoes, and tangled nets.

      The way that I see it, our basic conversation has become ungrounded from solid thought and practices. As I understand it, as we grow we are to become less like chopsticks and more like Chopin’s best. We are to progress from Crayons to watercolors. We are to move from finger-painting to something more like this. We are to cut our teeth on “See Spot run” but later be able to parse The Scottish Play.

      Instead, we’re stuck inside the world of Rachel Maddow, Donald Trump, and the Daily Drama. We’ve made an unrefined art, even a pastime, out of complaining about the latest outrage as if complaint and outrage were the Play.

      Most of us are fools in a foolish culture, being carried along in a torrent of superficiality. Instead of growing, our culture has decided to ennoble remaining unrefined, crude, vulgar, low, and even childish. Having been stripped of sense, and indulging in social fantasies of all types, of course we cannot even begin to tell the good from the bad. We are fools, and not just on this particular day.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        One purpose of education is maturation, which requires ceasing to be a child. This used to be recognized, as in “How Lovely to be a Woman” from Bye, Bye Birdie and the progression (“from crayons to perfume”) in the title song of To Sir With Love. At some level we still recognize this today, but we also (through various means, such as the entitlement state) encourage infantilization. What are the college snowflakes but spoiled brats? They even play with crayons and coloring books in their safe spaces.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I wasn’t aware of that lyric from “To Sir with Love.” Good lyric.

          That one somewhat frazzled and depressed customer that I had mentioned recently came back in and picked up his job. He said he was having a rotten day. (Does he every have a good one? Seems not.) All I could say was, “Hey, if you ever want to come in and just talk, drop by anytime.”

          He didn’t say anything. Like everyone else, the custom is to bitch and complain your way through it.

          I think the guy will be fine but you start hearing these statistics about how unhappy and stressed people are, even with Utopia blossoming around them. The Left keeps them in this state of agitation and dissatisfaction (even before the Mick Jagger song) and they are not aware of it. All they know is that it has been well taught to them that to be angry is to somehow to be doing good…sort of the ever present nag of the Social Justice Warriors.

          Could I talk a yute out of his angst? Almost certainly not. People have become quite attached to their dissatisfaction and anger. It gives them a sense of purpose and righteousness. “Don’t worry, be happy” would have little appeal. Far too many people on the right have caught it as well.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I am curious how much the stress has to do with unreasonable expectations. There appears to be a sense in the USA that one can have everything without making choices, much less sacrifices.

            I believe the consumption culture which we have created is part of the problem. The amount of money spent on technology today is incredible. Forty years ago, there weren’t any IPads or IPhones. I am somewhat shocked at the amount of money young people spend on such things.

            Of course, this culture of consumption has been around for many years, but it appears to me that it has steadily crowded out the spiritual. (For want of a better word.) People are dissatisfied because they can’t have everything they want because they have been told they deserve it. On top of that, things have replaced thinking and social interaction creating an unrecognized alienation among many.

            When this is what one’s life is based on, how could one not be unhappy?

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              I am curious how much the stress has to do with unreasonable expectations.

              You have surely put your finger on a major portion of the issue, Mr. Kung. Another portion is that masculine part of men (that’s embedded, no matter how far it is swept underground) that is in conflict with the feminized world that today’s males are required to be comfortable in.

              Buddhists take the “no expectations” things to a Utopian extreme, trying to find Nirvana in ridding oneself of desire altogether. We all know the other extreme which is driving the bulk of consumer-crazy people in ways large and small.

              How to find the “just right” balance? Well, that’s a very worthy question…one that almost never comes up, of course, in the conversation of our mostly insane culture. I don’t think I’ve found the right balance yet, but I know that I’m at least yards from where I used to be where I tortured myself with expectations.

              A little torture is good. We ought to be propelled to do something with our life. At the same time, we ought to learn when enough is enough. We could do a whole symposium on this subject. And it’s a worthy one. But I don’t have the answer. I know only that it is a very important question.

              And inevitably this subject touches on the material vs. the spiritual.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, it seems an ISIS force ran into an interesting form of “terrorism”. They were setting up an ambush for some local tribesmen in northern Iraq, and got ambushed in turn — by a herd of wild boars, which killed 3 and injured 5. Karma’s a bitch, I guess. There were a number of amusing responses to a Town Hall article about this. The link is:

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      What’s worse, it was a bunch of unclean pigs, literally!

      • Timothy Lane says:

        A lot of the responses dealt with that issue, including mine. One suggested that ISIS might avoid Arkansas with its Razorbacks — they’d fit in better in Thug City (Berkeley). Another wondered if this was an airlift from Texas. Another suggested the army needed to find the Mother Of All Boars, and to put more boars on the ground.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          Today’s belly-laugh.

          And the comment about Texas is correct. There is a large number of wild pigs roaming the hills and plains of Texas, not to mention illegal-aliens.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    An interesting post to an article about the problem Burma is having with its Muslim population. The peaceful Buddhists aren’t so peaceful with the peaceful Muslims.

    If anybody ever criticizes Islam and is an inconvenience to your narrative, just cry Islamophobia. It’s like a magic spell. Remember DAVID SCOTT MATHIESON: if all goes wrong, cry ISLAMOPHOBIA! An entire army of left wingers and Islam apologists comes to your calling.


    At Islam’s most holy place! As Muslims circumambulated around the Ka’ba, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the following ‘prayers’ were blasted on a megaphone, and Muslim pilgrims joined in chant:
    “O Allah, vanquish the unjust Christians and the criminal Jews, the unjust traitors; strike them with your wrath; make their lives hostage to misery; drape them with endless despair, unrelenting pain and unremitting ailment; fill their lives with sorrow and pain and end their lives in humiliation and oppression; inflict your tortures and punishments upon the unjust Christians and criminal Jews. This is our supplication, Allah; grant us our request!”

    In stark contrast, there are no such hateful prayers in other religions, not even close. Christian prayers use universal supplications that include phrases like “O lord, lover of all mankind and savior of all the world”; they quote biblical passages such as “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5: 44); they pray that God may “heal all people around the world of their diseases.” And, likewise are the prayers of Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and others.

    Evidence of Hatred and Intolerance From the Kyauktaw Mosque, Rakhine state, Myanmar (Country)
    A paper is printed by the mosque for members to recite during Friday prayers. Friday is the most important day of the week for Muslims. Below is the extract as translated from Arabic:

    “Oh Allah, eternal God, Accept those who believe in Islam and destroy all the other non-believers. Demolish the infidels communities, Oh Allah, Break the foundation of their false religions Destroy and pulverize their villages and towns, and event he ground beneath their homes must be destroyed. Those who don’t believe in Allah, those who don’t listen to Allah, may everything be cursed for them. Oh Allah, bring the natural disaster to the infidels, bring the worst diseases to the unbelievers, bring all forms of catastrophe to them.”

    Muslims themselves know that their mosques are used as fortresses for war and thus mosques have always been the prime target of attacks when disputes erupts among islamic sects. As recently as February 2017, at least 72 people were killed and more than 150 others injured when a sunni muslim suicide attacker blew himself up at an Islamic Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Thursday, the latest in a string of islamic terror attacks in the country this week.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It was no accident that the Nazis preferred Islam to Christianity. They liked their affinity for violence. This also gets discussed at one point in Sarkhan by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Perhaps another similarity is that these two ideologies give an excuse to unleash the beast.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          For the Nazis race was supreme, for the Muslims belief in Islam is supreme and for Communists believe in dialectical materialism is supreme.

          Such supremeist beliefs demonize those who do not agree with them and allow the beast within everyone to prey upon those outside the chosen circle.

          The beast within humanity is ever-present and must be guarded against. The problem with such believes as above, is that they organize beastliness and unleash it on outsiders and call it good. They thereby amplify the beastliness in the world.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            No one thinks of himself as evil. Those who actually are evil either consider themselves beyond such concerns as good and evil, or convince themselves that their Cause allows them to do whatever is necessary, or even useful, to achieve it. This is the old ends-means controversy, which was at the heart of Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and Arrival and Departure. Liberals today have adopted this mindset as well — and increasingly as violently as the Nazis, Bolsheviks, and Muslims.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            First some wisdom from Captain Kirk.

            Men were not meant to be gods, to dispense life and death at whimsy. And yet we are plugged into that power, if only like second-hand smoke. The biggest rush of all is a feeling of power combined with great meaning, the realm of the mob. We can play god, for a time, but it always ends in horrid bloodshed. We can fool ourselves about our motives, that we are really angels, but our over-ambition remains the same and just as destructive.

            And yet being alive and human tosses us between the storms of purposelessness and high purpose. We can either be depressed or on fire as a zealot. Religion can be a conduit for the fire as we see with Islam. But religion is a necessary pursuit if we are to find our way between feelings of utter despair and distempers of zealotry. We are connect to the Almighty, given some of the impulses and appetites, and yet we have not been given the wisdom to handle this as first-hand smoke, if you will.

            No wonder man takes to drugs and alcohol and other forms of trying to anesthetize himself while also pursuing that high feeling. Being human is a lot to handle. One one side we are so fragile, hovering always over the dark pit of doubt and despair about existence itself, thus we become easily addicted to feelings of transcendence, power, and deep meaning. These feelings are fine in their proper balance and context. But they can easily become destructive addictions.

            Humility is thus not just a posture. It’s not a better-than-thou pose. It’s part of the antidote to not being a kook…or a killer. This culture has not the capacity to understand these aspects now. We are lost in the wilderness.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Note that despite Kirk’s fine words, he uses force and the threat of force to succeed there — and the diplomat comes off as a fool, though he does at least learn his lesson (and thus not a modern liberal).

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                That Prime Directive of non-interference sure took a beating a time or two, especially in A Taste of Armageddon. But let’s revel in a rare victory of tough-love wisdom over the cold, wimpy intellectualism of the head bureaucrat of Eminiar VII, Anan 7. And we should give a couple General Order 24’s to a few Islamic countries.

                Here’s the longer version of that speech. As one person noted:

                This is why Chris Pine is an utter failure. There is no way he could ever make speeches like this. Don’t mess with the Shat.

                Shatner takes a lot of grief for his acting. But he did a lot of stuff well including the speeches.

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