On September 4, 2014, CNN host Don Lemon hosted a panel to address the topic: “Is Islam more violent than any other faith?” Seriously. He really did that.
One panelist predictably brought up the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition AND the Conquistadors.
Amazingly, Lemon insisted the panel stick to MODERN TIMES.
The Crusades were wars fought in response to MUSLIM AGGRESSION against Christians in the 11th century, which was … let me think … 21 minus 11 … a LONG TIME AGO.
The Spanish Inquisition was also a really LONG TIME AGO; it lasted for 350 years and resulted in the total deaths by legal execution of 3,000 to 5,000 individuals who had been tried in a court, not shot in the face during a home invasion or blown up at their desks. And … oh yeah … it was also in response to MUSLIM AGGRESSION.
The Conquistadors came to the New World 500 years ago, mostly seeking wealth and glory, not to force non-Christians to convert or die. The missionaries that accompanied them to spread their religion were peaceful men who established schools and stuff.
That poor CNN panel! They were left with nothing but the pathetic “anti-abortion terrorism” argument.
Uh, yeah. No.
Firstly, before blaming violence committed against abortion providers and abortion clinics as due exclusively to some not-Muslim religious motivation, you would have to first demonstrate that the perpetrator was not motivated by either a personal vendetta, insanity or a generalized will to maim and kill.
Hey. Fair is fair. After all, the Lefties said the Fort Hood shooter’s actions were “workplace violence” due to “secondary PTSD”, despite the fact he yelled “Allahu Akbar” while he fired on unarmed office workers and had oodles of extremist Muslim propaganda on his computer. Those deaths are not included in the Wikipedia list of Islamic Terrorist Attacks that I used for the graphic below, while the Wikipedia list of Anti-Abortion Terrorist Attacks I used admits that the perp in a 1998 clinic bombing is believed to have also bombed Centennial Olympic Park in 1996 which I think seriously calls into question his allegedly “religious” motives for the clinic bombing.
Secondly, before blaming anti-abortion violence on religious zealotry, you would have to demonstrate that the perpetrator(s) of the violence had been motivated exclusively by teachings of an actual religion, in the same sense that Muslim extremists are following specific teachings from the founder of Islam and as laid out in their holiest book, the Koran. Violence perpetrated by disturbed individuals following a cult leader don’t quality.
All the leading religious leaders and pro-life organizations CONDEMN violence, even to stop abortion. But you can find any number of Muslim clerics going Rah Rah about ISIS shooting people in the face and kidnapping their daughters for sex slavery.
ALL that being said, you would still have the teensy weensy problem of BODY COUNT. Even ignoring all deaths in active extremist Muslim aggression war zones, you still have a staggering number of innocent civilian victims of pure, out and out MUSLIM terror.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Islamic_terrorist_attacks << excludes Fort Hood shooting, and wars of Muslim aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, etc.