(CNSNews.com) – At a congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that investigators needed to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to “bring down the country.”
In an exchange with witness Patrick Dunleavy, the former deputy inspector of the criminal intelligence unit, New York Department of Correctional Services, Rep. Jackson Lee mentioned the case of a man who blew up an abortion clinic and proposed that this perhaps was an attempt to undermine U.S. law that allows a woman to procure an abortion.
I think she had watched too many episodes of Law & Order where abortion clinic bombings were prevalent. The list of abortion clinics that were actually “blown up” might be one or two. The Christmas bombing of a clinic in 1984 by four Christians was one of them and the blowing up of a wall of an abortion clinic in Tacoma in 2001 remains unresolved. One other incident was an attempted bombing was by a man with a long criminal record for armed robbery and theft whose motive was indeed “In the service of the Un-Born and our Lord Jesus Christ.” The only case of abortion clinic bombing killing someone is the case of the Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph who was part of the racist Christian Identity movement. There will always be nuts and people on the fringe resorting to evil. When someone no matter how nominal a Christian does such acts they are roundly condemned by Christians.
But Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would like to equate less than a handful of such bombings spread over 35 years as a moral equivalence for radical Islam. Radical Islam on the other hand is not some minority containing only some fringe losers (though they have them also), but populations of people financed from abroad who truly want to “bring down the country.” Just how many plots of “Christian Militants” have the FBI broken up in recent years? Hard to compare zero to the multiple coordinated attempts at terrorism right here in the country. How many Christians are going into prisons to radicalize converts to the cause of a militant Islam? How many receive funding from other countries?
But it is hard to blame Rep. Lee since the media has been reaching for a poster boy of “Christian Terrorism” for some time. Just a bit of moral relativity and attempt to equate radical Islam with Christianity such as DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano putting abortion opponents on a list of potential terrorist threats.
Dunleavy answered: “I don’t know that Christian militants have foreign country backing or foreign country financing.”
Lee then said, “I don’t think that’s the issue. The issue is whether or not their intent is to undermine the laws of this nation. And I think it is clear that that is the case. So it’s not — your distinction is not answering the question.”
A better answer might have been “I don’t know what Christian Militants have to do with a hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons unless you can point to Christian Militants doing the same in the prison system.”
As for me I do intend to undermine some of the “laws of this nation” via prayer and dialogue in every case where the nation’s law contradicts the natural law.