Presbyterians chanting “Death to America!” Methodists beheading people on video, and those hateful Episcopalian fundamentalists stoning women to death for being raped. The world is clearly in the grip of a Christian terror crisis. Well, no. But Marc Lamont Hill would have CNN viewers believe Christians are as terror-prone as Islamists.
A CNN panel with host Don Lemon, CNN conservative commentator Ben Ferguson, and Lamont Hill argued about the recent shootings in Texas by Islamic radicals over a “draw Mohammed” cartoon contest.
Ferguson, clearly in touch with reality, said there’s “a section of Islam that is a real threat.” Lamont Hill kept saying “two shooters” and arguing that the shooting was an isolated incident. Ferguson said, “There are constant terrorist attacks around the world with people that are intolerant to those that disagree with them …” when Lamont Hill cut in saying, “Yes, some of them are Christian.”
He repeated, “Some of them are Christian. Some of them are Christian,” while Ferguson counter-argued that he was talking about terrorism within the U.S.. “Your point was somehow,” Lamont Hill said, “that the only people who are engaging in these sort of violent ideological wars are Muslims and that’s not true.” His proof: “You can go to Uganda right now and see gay people, uh, killed for being gay by Christians, by rogue Christian organizations.”
He also stated, without evidence, that Christians are engaged in ideological violence all over Africa, Europe and South America. “So let’s not suggest that this is an Islamic issue.”
Of course, Lamont Hill’s understanding of “terror” is sketchy at best. The Huffington Post Live host and Columbia School of Journalism professor recently accused police officers in Baltimore of “terrorism” and excused looting as “uprisings.”
Nor is he new to defending radical Islam and trying to equate Christianity with extremism. On a CNN segment a few days prior to this one, Lamont Hill laughed at the notion that Islam was “more violent” and “more prone to terrorism” than other religions. He called Bill Maher’s condemnation of Islamic extremism, “horrific” “offensive” and “racist” on CNN last October.
But fact-challenged moral equivalence is kind of CNN's calling card. Host Ashleigh Banfield compared aMuslim gunman’s act of terrorism to the Christian “Lord’s prayer.” It’s also a lefty thing. ACLU members have told the media that Christians are just as extreme as ISIS. Members stated Christians held “very extreme agendas” which included murdering people who didn’t agree with them. A USA Today op-ed that was published in between two terrorist attacks by Muslims warned “Beware [of] the Christian extremists.”
Liberal Hollywood has also equated Christians to religious extremists who employ barbaric punishments. Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch called the “Christian far right” “very homophobic” in an interview, and claimed Christians want gays “cured” and “castrated.”
Anti-Christian hate groups also get frequently quoted by the media. The nation's leading gay activist organization, which heavily funded Obama's campaigns, The Human Rights Campaign, published a report calling Christians “radical extremists.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is frequently cited by CNN and other media, has deemed many Christian groups as “hate groups.” Their map has led to acts of violence against these groups.
Liberal academics also often voice their hateful attitudes towards Christians to the media. MSNBC contributor James Peterson has said homosexuals were under the same oppressive regime as women under ISIS by Christians in the U.S.