The Left Has a Problem with Calling Out Anti-Christian Terror
On Easter Sunday, a set of horrific bombings targeted three Christian churches in Sri Lanka. The simultaneous terrorist attacks carried out by nine radical Islamist suicide bombers killed approximately 253 people and injured at least 500. The police there say that 70 people were arrested in connection to the attacks.
Many world leaders commented on the abhorrent slaughter of innocent people. Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt closeness to the Christian community, attacked while gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such a cruel act of violence”, and “I entrust to the Lord all who so tragically died, and I pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this traumatic event”.
Former First lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated: “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I'm praying for everyone affected by today's horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”
Former U.S. President Barack Obama stated: “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”
This is where the problem begins. It is not ever wise to politicize the deaths of individuals, but there is an inherent problem that rests in both in the responses of Clinton and Obama.
The two notable political figures in the U.S. both stated “Easter worshippers” instead of ‘Christians’. What is the reasoning behind this? Let us examine previous statements made after a horrific shooting at a New Zealand Mosque, which killed 50 innocent Muslims.
Sec. Clinton expressed: “My heart breaks for New Zealand & the global Muslim community. We must continue to fight the perpetuation and normalization of Islamophobia and racism in all its forms. White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.”
President Obama declared: “Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.”
Do you notice the difference?
These statements point to a deeper problem in the social fabric of the U.S.-- where political correctness has led us to a point where we are afraid to condemn true hate and terror that is aimed at a certain community. In the case of the Sri Lanka attacks— the Christian Community.
Clinton stated that we must continue to fight islamophobia and racism in all forms when it comes to a response to an attack aimed at the Muslim community— a completely correct and appropriate statement. She then stated that the “hatred” of “White supremacist[s]... must be stopped”.
Then, for the Sri Lanka Attacks, she stated that an attack specifically aimed at Christians is an “attack on humanity” ... “On this holy weekend for many faiths”.
An attack on humanity? On a weekend for many faiths? Where is the statement that should have looked like ‘We need to continue the fight to stop anti-Christian violence, terror, and hate across the world’? It doesn’t exist— at least from mainstream politicians on the left.
Clinton and Obama’s responses to the Sri Lanka attacks contain overgeneralizations and mischaracterizations specifically stated in order to avoid societally created consequences of political correctness.
Easter Sunday is a Christian Holiday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is surely not a holy weekend for “many faiths”, except for those who practice Judaism during their observance of Passover.
The inherent problem is that the left assumes that any statement validly calling out radical Islam will then be miscategorized as an “Islamophobic” attack on the entire Muslim community. Therefore, they overgeneralize and mislead when it comes to calling out anti-Christian attacks, as they somehow believe it would be unethical to call it out for what it is.
If not, then why didn’t any of the mainstream Democratic figures condemn anti-Christian violence and terror?
Any act of terror geared towards people of any religion is inherently evil— and we should be able to call it out without any fear of facing a manufactured outrage.
We must remember the true purpose in all of this— remembering the innocent lives of those who were slaughtered. But we must keep public officials accountable— and call them out on statements which are clear ‘subterfuge’ to avoid manufactured ramifications from their own base.
If you lose support for calling out anti-Christian violence— then your base has a problem with understanding the ethical principles of being able to validly call out terror and violence in any capacity. Your role as a politician should be to re-educate and teach those who follow you— not cave in to their mob just to ensure that your votes and support are secured.
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Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: email@example.com