Graham, E.W. Jackson Claim Charleston Shooting ‘War On Christianity’

June 17th, after about an hour of service, Dylan Storm Roof slaughtered nine unsuspecting church members at Emanual A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There were not any obvious signs of his intentions, nor any reason to suspect him of ill will. The 21 year-old simply decided to kill members of this church for what now appears to be racially motivated reasons. Seeing how he was just captured, there aren’t any new answers to his methodology or reasoning as of yet. But there is plenty of speculation abound, including a photo on his social media where he is wearing a jacket proudly emblazoned with white supremacist groups from South Africa’s previous apartheid era.

The entire tragedy brings yet another blow to the reality of race relations within the United States. With the extreme handling of jurisprudence a la Judge Dredd we have witnessed at the hands of police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, seeing youth act out on personal bigotry is sickening and disappointing. But, the situation is even worse. A few leading community members in church and government have taken to the airwaves to make a declaration that hatred against Christianity is a growing problem. Instead of focusing on the obvious problem of our growing issue with disaffected youth in our society, religious leaders like E.W. Jackson of Hope Christian Church, have decided to ramp up the further divides already present in society. During a time of tragedy, this pastor has taken it upon himself to divide and alienate the public instead of encouraging united effort to heal the rifts of class and race.

What did he say on his Fox News discussion of the shooting that has me irritated beyond reasoning? He told several of the panel hosts, who of course nodded in mindless agreement, ”…I have to tell you that I am deeply concerned this gunman chose to go into a church, because there does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians across this country because of our biblical views.”

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2015 at 7:38am

Roof stated his motivations and intentions in boldface.  There was nothing hidden or surreptitious in any of it.  He thought blacks were taking over and wanted to start a race war, PERIOD.  What the whole "hostility against christians" crap reflects is a continued desire to play the victim while being at least a substantial plurality if not a majority, which is about as absurd a position to hold as any I can think of.

It may also reflect something else: their gradual but substantial loss of power and influence over the last decade or so.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 24, 2015 at 7:23am

The fact that the victims were in a church made everything so much easier for the cowardly murderer. As for "persecution of Christians" believers will always say this because their holy book tells them they will be persecuted.

As usual, the imaginary god did nothing.

Comment by Mojo on June 24, 2015 at 6:46am
All this persecution of Xtians is a way to avoid looking at the fact that in the house oh God he did nothing to protect his sheep from slaughter.
Comment by Gerald Payne on June 21, 2015 at 12:24pm

All the information gathered so far points to a race hate crime. The fact that the victims were in a church probably had more to do with easy access than any predetermined religious malevolence.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 21, 2015 at 11:33am

Joan is exactly correct and this mislead Macaulay Culkin "twin" only did his deed in church because of a less likelihood of weapons being there. He's a coward. He wanted to do the killings without being killed himself. I read that the little racist brat said of black people "you are raping our women." This is racial hatred and has nothing to do with any "war on Christianity."

Christians should back up and realize what backgrounds these murderers come from. They are coming from within because of disgruntled religious politics. As much as believers want to be "persecuted" because of some statement in their bible, loonies like Roof are a product of American Christian values.

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 19, 2015 at 7:22pm

I hear you, Joan. Makes you want to reach through the computer screen and throttle a couple of these talking morons doesn't it? It's infuriating they're preying like vultures on the tragedy in Charleston.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2015 at 10:12pm

Excuse Me! A White Supremacist kills a group of black worshipers and it is called, "rising hostility against Christians". It sounds to me like a hate mongering christian slaughtered a group of blacks worshipping the same god as they.

 

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