Dr. Marranci: Terrorism in the name of Jesus? Everybody ignore
April 14, 2008 2 Comments
Doc Marranci’s posted a new entry, which I saw this morning in my Blog Surfer. Its title peaked my interest, so I thought I’d check it out. Lo and behold, more news that you don’t usually find on Western news outlets. Searching for this (Christian) terrorist’s name, Google only produces one hit from a Western news agency (a Time magazine article from 20 years ago, at that). I also ran a search for the guy’s name on the usual news agency sites (some of which I’ve mentioned previously) and came up with jack. At least with the Buddhist story I got a couple of results. I guess Christian terrorism isn’t very high on the Western media’s best selling stories list either.
In any case, have a peak at Doc Marranci’s coverage of it; the sources he links to are mostly—if not all—Italian.
From the article:
To tell the truth, I thought that news about the first Christian anti-Muslim terrorist group would have attracted international attention and fostered new debates. Think, indeed, if the terrorist’s name instead of Roberto was something like Muhammad; imagine the titles, the talks, the politicians’ words and the special legislations proposed. Well, we do not have very much to imagine, we need only to open a British newspaper.
But the news about a self-defined Christian terrorist and a Christian (mainly Catholic) terrorist organization has attracted virtually no attention. Nothing can be found, (at the moment in which I am writing) on the BBC (even BBC Europe) or the main British newspapers or the US. Furthermore, even those Italian newspapers which have dealt with the story, have not called the attacks, before often dismissed as the work of immigrants’ rackets and mafia, Christian terrorism, or referred to Mr Sandalo as a Christian terrorist (despite his own claim!). ‘How is it possible to kill in the name of Jesus?’ Many have asked. Well, history surely has the answer. It is not the first time; it will not be the last. I had the impression that many Italians (and by extension Europeans and Americans) would perceive as less dramatic the killing of people in a mosque than in a Church.
I have the impression that after so many wars against Muslim countries, audiences are becoming used to seeing Muslims dead, and, in some cases, some people maybe start to prefer them as such. None of the Italian or European politicians have condemned the actions, and plans, of the Fighting Christian Front. None of the clergy or the Pope has condemned or commented upon the actions committed in the name of Jesus. The message is clear: a mad Marxist – now fanatic Catholic – is perceived for what he is, a violent fool; while a mad Muslim who dreams of violent jihad is perceived as the correct expression of his religion.