Thursday, April 05, 2007


LATEST OUTRAGE FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS: A hostage drill at New Jersey school features phony "Christian terrorists." Full story and reaction here.

The religious right is horrified that a school would conduct a terrorist drill using mock gunmen, described as "members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the 'New Crusaders' who don't believe in the separation of church and state." How soon we forget. Doesn't anyone remember that the second largest terrorist attack in the US occurred April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City and that the terrorists had connections to "right-wing fundamentalist groups" and publically stated that their motive for the bombing was to avenge what the government had done at Waco and Ruby Ridge (more right-wing fundamentalists). In the wake of 9/11 have we forgotten that not all terrorists are from the Middle East? Sadly, the impulse that drives people to commit terrorist acts is not limited to any ethnic, geographic, or religious group. And historically some of the worst terrorists have called themselves Christian. At least the students at one NJ school have a chance to remember that you cannot tell a terrorist by the color of his skin or the direction he prays.

The kicker in this is that the call David Barton a "Historian and constitutional expert." The same David Barton that made up quotations from the founding fathers to support his attacks on religious freedom in this country. Why do Christians still consider him an authority on anything but making money for David Barton?

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