The Daily Caller reports that a religious leader said yesterday at the Democratic National Convention that white Christian males like himself should be the ones apologizing for terrorism, not his “Muslim friends.”
Speaking on a four-person panel to an audience of more than one hundred people, Rev. Ron Stief, the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, said “I’m tired of my Muslim friends having to be the ones having to stand up and say,‘Hey we are not terrorists. It doesn’t have anything to do with our religion.’”
Well, the rest of us are tired of self-loathing non-Muslims insisting, in contradiction to the violent jihadists themselves, that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.
“If anybody should be saying that, that should be me, a white Christian man,” Stief added, ludicrously. In response to a Daily Caller request to explain himself, Stief replied,
“If you look at the hate crimes that are being committed in this country and all the violence that is being done against Muslim people, Sikhs, folks of south Asian descent it is clearly white male Christians that are doing this kind of violence.”
He didn’t provide any examples of “all the violence” he claims is being committed in this country against Muslims, Sikhs, and South Asians. Nor did he bother to explain why, if terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, the Muslims increasingly committing massacres in the United States, Europe and around the world proudly insist that it does, and can cite chapter and verse of the Quran as justification for their mayhem.
“If anybody needs to be apologizing for violence in this country it does need to be American white Christians,” he added.
No, if anybody needs to be apologizing for terroristic violence in this country and elsewhere it’s those who claim allegiance to ISIS and shout “Allahu akbar” just prior to going on shooting sprees, ramming trucks into crowds, slitting the throats of Catholic priests at the altar, torturing and mutilating captives, setting off suicide bombs, hacking train passengers with axes, driving cars into pedestrians on sidewalks, and on and on. Christians and other innocents are the victims, not the perpetrators, of such incomprehensible evil, and owe no one an apology.
Referring to slavery and lynching in America’s past, “all places where torturing was a key component of life for whites against African Americans,” Stief said, “If you go back in history you can double down on my claims ten times over.” Stief didn’t explain what this has to do with Islamic terrorism or with violence against Muslims, Sikhs, and South Asians.
Of course, one doesn’t have to go back into the past to find that slavery, lynching, and terrorism are still alive in well in many Muslim countries, but nowhere in Christian territories. But if Stief wants to go back in history, he will find 1400 years of examples of terrorism carried out in the name of Islam which, unlike the extremely rare modern instances of terrorism committed by American white male Christians, continues today.