The Crescent Report

March 29, 2010

The “Other” Homegrown Terrorism-And the One You Should Be REALLY Afraid Of

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:57 pm

“Christian extremists” and armed militia in America? No, it can’t be. I mean there’s no major media coverage about this threat; the New York Times had a small article buried on page 14. But certainly there are no media stakeouts at the churches and the homes of the arrested militia members. And believe it or not there are no self proclaimed terrorist experts like Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes or Robert Spencer on Fox News explaining the threat to our national security by Christian militia sleeping cells. Oh well, what did you expect? Check out the piece by Ibrahim Ramey below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “Just because your paranoid, does not mean that their not out to get you.”

The “Other” Homegrown Terrorism-And the One You Should Be REALLY Afraid Of

They carry guns. They scoff at the authority of their government. They are willing to commit acts of violence and kill in the name of an extreme religious ideology.

But are they Muslims? No. They are fundamentalist Christians who are armed, trained, and ready to carry out the most terrible of missions as “Christian warriors” under the command of “General Jesus”. And they are incorrigibly opposed to Muslims, whom they believe to be the “Anti-Christ”.

On March 28th, a band of nine of these soldiers for Jesus were arrested by federal authorities in three separate raids in Oho, Michigan, and Illinois. A day later they were charged with conspiracy to kill police officers, although, not yet, conspiracy to murder Muslims.

But while one might be tempted to dismiss these Hutarees, as they call themselves (the name means “Christian Warriors” in some undetermined language) a few kooks with paramilitary fantasies, they are far from marginal, or alone: they represent just one fringe element among some 932 groups in America identified as extremists by the Southern Poverty law Center. And the ultra-Right is growing at an alarming rate: in 2009 alone, some 363 new groups of extremists came into existence in America, fueled in part by the election of a Black president (whom most of these people consider to be not even a real American citizen) and the changing demographic reality that is making Caucasian Americans a shrinking majority population.

But will federal agents infiltrate the churches that these Hutarees attend? Will they take their pastors into custody and interrogate them about their theological views concerning the Bible and Jesus? Will their friends and non-Hutaree family members, have their homes invaded and ransacked? Not likely. Because Christian reactionary extremism, whether armed or not, is not taken as a serious threat to national security.

Muslims, though, certainly know what it is like to suffer the outrage of collective suspicion, and even collective punishment, for violent actions done in the name of Islam. Even when responsible Muslim organizations condemn extremism and violence, there are those-even in “respectable” political circles-who are quick to assign some conspiratorial blame to the entire community for the violent actions of a few. But despite nearly 1,000 such extremist groups that profess opposition to the policies and even the authority of the State, the Christian majority is not examined under the microscope of law enforcement.

Will prominent Christian pastors like Franklin Graham or T.D. Jakes feel compelled to appear on FOX News to explain that conservative Christians are not blood-thirsty gun nuts with racist motivations, or that Christians actually love the government even if a Black President leads it? No. Because the rules that collectively apply to Muslims do not apply to them, even when some of “them” are part of a reactionary, armed, and hateful fringe element.

Remember that, just a week ago, a “Tea Party” crowd converged on the House of Representatives and called African-American Congressmen “Niggers” while spitting on them, all because they were enraged over the possibility of passing national health care legislation. Well, the militia boys are worse than that, because they will spit out the verbal abuse while threatening to use their guns if the need arises for armed “self defense”.

Conservative Christians are not compelled to apologize for the behavior of a minority of armed Christian extremists. The American Muslim community, long excoriated by the press and spied on by the national security apparatus, simply demands the same level of respect, and freedom from the odious stigma of collective guilt that Christians enjoy as a fundamental right.

Ibrahim Ramey


1 Comment »

  1. Since their inception the Teaparty crowd (not a movement since they do have the numbers or clout) have been “haters not debaters”. In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. They are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although some republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe most of them are just going along and fanning the flames. Lets face it the Republicans had 8 years to deal with health care, immigration and financial oversight and governance and they failed. They could not even win one of the two wars they started, the body bags are still coming in. The Republicans wanted to give Obama his Waterloo defeat over healthcare but instead they gave themselves their own Waterloo defeat by not participating in the debate of ideas and by becoming the party of obstructionist. But they now claim they have changed, come on, what sucker is going to believe that?

    Comment by Montana — March 30, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

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