Because Christians are just as likely to blow buildings up and kill thousands of non-Christians, a Democratic congressman says he’s cool with investigating the radicalization of Muslims as long as we also investigate Christians.
Texas Congressman Al Green (D) says he wouldn’t mind Rep. Peter King (R-NY) repeatedly calling hearings on “radical Islam” if he would also conduct a “hearing on the radicalization of Christians.”
During a Wednesday House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “The Radicalization of Muslim-Americans,” Green wondered why the chairman had only focused on one religion.
“If you agree that radicalization exists within all religions to some extent, would you kindly extend a hand into the air,” Green, who is the grandson of a Christian minister, asked the witnesses testifying before the committee. He noted that “all the hands are raised.”
“I don’t think that most people oppose hearings on radicalization,” the congressman explained. “I do not, not — N-O-T — oppose hearings on radicalization. I do oppose hearings that don’t focus on the entirety of radicalization. And if you agree that we have Christians, as has been mentioned by more than one member, Christians who become radicalized, they become part of Islam and they become radicalized as is being said, why not have a hearing on the radicalization of Christians?”
This kind of equivalence rises easily to the level of stupidity on its face because Christians aren’t strapping bombs to themselves or hijacking planes.
Just for a brief rundown, here’s Robert Spencer at Pajamas Media:
On the one hand we have recent jihad plotters in the U.S., including Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; Nidal Hasan, the successful Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer; Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; Naveed Haq, the jihad mass murderer at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle; Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, who hatched a jihad plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue; and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber. All of them and many others invoked the Qur’an and Sunnah to explain and justify their deeds.
That’s a pretty good reason why what Congressman Green said it just plain stupid.
But what makes it more than stupid and actually offensive is that all throughout the world Muslims are killing Christians by the hundreds. Equating the two is just so tired and dumb and I really wish they’d stop it. It’s like when the media reports that 100 Muslims slaughter a Christian family and they call it a “clash.” It’s not a clash. It’s a slaughter.
To not see it, you have to be willfully ignorant or just naturally dumb.