After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last week, the world was once again stunned at what type of destruction and death zealots are capable of leveling on a free and open society. They believe that anyone that holds different beliefs should be destroyed by any means possible, by bombs or guns. They believe that inducing fear into others is a valid way to get what they want. Their acts bring out both the best, and the worst, in people.
This statement applies not just to radical extremist Muslims, but also to radical extremist anything. Yes, Christianity too. It seems the GOP is tripping over itself to claim that the US should not allow any Syrian refugees from entering the country. Actually, they have limited it to Muslim Syrian refugees. Christian refugees are ok. As Slate so elegantly puts it, they straight up say that Christians are not capable of terrorism, only Muslims. Ted Cruz, ever the open and honest guy that he is, said that there is no risk of Christians committing acts of terror. Well, Teddy boy, allow me to enlighten you a bit.
Christians are perfectly capable of doing just that. Need I remind you of Dylan Roof, who murdered 9 people at a church in Charleston, SC, whose crimes were considered domestic terrorism before ultimately being ruled a hate crime. Need I remind you of Eric Rudolph, the Atlanta Olympic Park bomber, who used a bomb to kill 2 people and wound over 100 others, to further his anti-gay, anti-abortion agenda. He sought to strike fear and intimidation against those who held different beliefs from his own, Christian beliefs.
We could go on: the multiple instances of bombing abortion facilities and murders of doctors that performed them; Timothy McVeigh and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, which led to the deaths of over 160 people. All of these were perpetrated by Christian terrorists.
What the GOP fails to understand is that there are extremists in all facets of the world; whatever one group of people believe in, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is at least one person in that group who has extremist beliefs. The point of this is to not write off an entire population of people, especially when that population is filled with women and children who are desperate to escape the very people that are sponsoring terrorism around the world. It makes them sound foolish to be ignorant of history and assume that an entire civilization is unable to perform terrible acts, when we know the opposite is true.
Syrian refugees should be helped as much as we can help them. We should not be fearful; giving up the very values that make us Americans would mean the terrorists are getting what they want.