reply to post by NavyDoc
Rajeev Srinivasan writes in the Daily News and Analysis: "There are many historical examples of Christian religious terrorism, going back to the
liquidation of the Albigensians and other heretics around 345 CE, the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition... all the way to assassinations by radical
anti-abortionists in the US. The National Liberation Front of Tripura is an explicitly Christian terrorist group, forcibly converting people. The
National Socialist Council of Nagaland has unleashed terrorism in its pursuit of 'Nagalim for Christ'."
"If you were to commit a heinous crime, child rape for instance, it would make sense that you would face public outrage. People would be upset with
you, and rightly so. Many people, upon learning of your crime, would have violent urges. They would imagine how badly they'd like to beat you, and
some with poor judgment or low impulse control might even threaten your safety. Nobody would be surprised by such reactions.
Now let's look at a very different situation. In this one, you commit no crime at all. Instead, you complain about someone else violating the law.
Specifically, you become aware of a violation of separation of church and state, and you file a complaint. That's it. But once again, you face public
outrage. People are every bit as upset with you as what we described in the first case. Many experience the same sort of violent urges, and you
receive death threats. You are fired, stalked, and repeatedly threatened. And you know what? Once again, nobody is surprised. Nobody.
This is precisely the situation in which many atheists in conservative parts of the U.S. find themselves. If you don't believe me, you aren't as
informed about the aftermath of church-state complaints as you should be.
Texas Professor Fired, Threatened After Successful Church-State Complaint
Consider a recent case out of Texas. Sissy Bradford, an adjunct professor of criminology at Texas A&M University - San Antonio, was fired, threatened,
and stalked after Americans United for Separation of Church and State took legal action prompted by her complaint and won. The subject of Bradford's
2011 complaint was a taxpayer-funded tower featuring four Christian crosses built at the campus entrance. Americans United had the crosses removed,
and Bradford's ordeal began.
According to Americans United, Bradford was then "subjected to months of vicious backlash from cross defenders." She even sought police protection
but says her requests were ignored. In a statement to police, Bradford said:
I am being stalked & harassed & threatened by student(s) & community members because I am not a Christian. There exists a clear & prolonged
pattern of unwanted communication, contact, threats, & invasion of privacy.
After the police refused to act, some Bradford's students began escorting her to her car and speaking out in her defense. And then they started
receiving threats for their efforts.
The university dismissed her without explanation earlier this month. Granted, this is not terribly unusual for an adjunct professor. They do not
receive the same consideration as full-time employees, but it sounds fishy given the timing and Bradford's expectation that she would be teaching in
the Fall. My guess is that they decided she was simply too much trouble and that they would look bad if anything happened to her.
Are any of us really surprised by what happened to Bradford? Again and again, we have seen what brave individuals must endure simply for standing up
to violations of church-state separation. Damon Fowler, Jessica Ahlquist, Sissy Bradford, and many others remind us exactly why more of us need to
And what of the threats that inevitably come from some Christians whenever one of these complaints is successful? What are we to make of them? This,
dear reader, is Christian terrorism. The Christians who make these threats are waging a campaign of terror to instill fear and keep us silent. Try as
I might to avoid it, I feel that this conclusion is inescapable."
murders of physicians who perform surgery to terminate pregnancies, that's Christians for you.
should i go on?