As I’ve predicted on this blog before, Christian terrorism has reared its ugly head again. I won’t regurgitate the news you’ve all probably heard, but a well-known abortionist was shot down in his church yesterday.
When a “radical” Muslim kills in the name of their religion, there is usually a chorus of disapproval from the moderate Muslims. Many experts have pointed out that these moderate Muslims create a context wherein the radicals may operate. Those of us at a distance are able to rub our chins and wonder … “perhaps it is not just the radicals, but all of Muslims that are to blame.”
As if on queue after this shooting, many Christian leaders have come out against this type of thing, and in so doing, offer us a profound comparison between Christianity and Islam. They really aren’t much different. Any time a person becomes disciplined in disengaging their rational mind in order to adhere to a principle, profoundly illogical leaps like this become more common. I believe that the cause of this type of violence is the outcome of years of cognitive dissonance. A person becomes practiced in switching between the logical world and illogical faith until their mind becomes almost totally bifurcated. Eventually, they can lose touch with reality altogether. When that happens, a person might kill a Doctor, or wage war on a country thinking they are the embodiment of Biblical prophecy.
The root of the problem is not insanity—it is irrational faith. The murderer believed that what he was doing was justifiable homicide. I can speak from experience when I say that there are many Christians who will outwardly say this is a terrible way to deal with the situation—but inwardly they quietly approve. They do believe this is justifiable homicide. That tacit agreement from moderates allows the radical movements to thrive—and the terrorism will continue.