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Faithless, not faithful

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in a black family’s yard, Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts."

Last night, after I heard the words "Islamic extremism" on a news broadcast, I wondered how many times the word "Christian" is used in stories about violent actions by groups like the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nations, both of which consider themselves to be Christian organizations.

I did a Google news search looking for the phrases "Ku Klux Klan" and "Christians" in the same story. Disclaimer: I only went through the first five pages of search results, and I limited my checks to what I considered to be major, reputable news sources. For example, I checked two stories on the New York Times website. Neither of them used the term "Christian" to describe the KKK, even though both stories were about the KKK.

One thought-provoking piece I did find didn't flinch in using the two words together in a story. Here's an excerpt:

• "I don't feel like, as a Christian, I have to defend every nutcase...that calls themselves a follower of Jesus," Monroe pointed out, saying moderate Muslims were being unfairly held to a different standard than followers of other religions. "In some ways, it's asking Muslims what they used to ask African Americans," she continued. "You know, when someone black does something bad, you have to 'speak up' for the race. It has a tinge to me of a racial undertone."

• Reverend Price said the attacks should be treated as the actions of individuals, not as expressions of any religion. He pointed out that the Ku Klux Klan, too, used Christianity as a justification for the horrific violence they inflicted on African Americans in the South, but no one would blame Christianity for inspiring those actions.


Here's the link: http://wgbhnews.org/post/why-should-moderate-muslims-be-held-responsible-denouncing-charlie-hebdo-attacks

I also found a piece in Time magazine written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Here's how it starts:

When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in a black family’s yard, Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts.

Here's the link: http://time.com/3662152/kareem-abdul-jabbar-paris-charlie-hebdo-terrorist-attacks-are-not-about-religion/

Those were the only two stories I found. It's reasonable to ask why.

As I wrote yesterday, faith has nothing to do with terror.

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