Whenever there is an act of terrorism that conservatives can attribute to Muslims, they jump at the chance to condemn the entire Islamic faith as inherently violent. And at the same time, they advance their ingrained superiority by asserting that only Muslims would ever engage in such behavior. They insist that Christians would never resort to violence in response to a perceived insult or political disagreement.
Never mind the ample evidence of Christian attacks on those with whom they disagree, including the murder of Dr. Tiller, the Atlanta Olympic bombing, the extremist in Norway who murdered dozens of children, or the tragedy in Oklahoma City that killed 168 innocent people. The Christian defenders simply don’t see what they don’t want to see. Although, to some extent they also don’t see what is deliberately kept from them. That’s because Fox needs to reinforce the racist theme that all terrorists are dark-skinned foreigners.
The media often fails to publicize acts of Christian terrorism in the manner they do with Muslims. An example of that occurred this week when court records were revealed describing Robert Doggart, an ordained minister in the Christian National Church, who pleaded guilty to plotting a massacre of the citizens of an upstate New York community of Muslims known as Islamberg. The records showed a detailed plan to kill people and destroy buildings, churches and schools. Doggart was quoted as saying “We will offer [our] lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God.” In other words, it was a suicide mission not unlike those committed by Islamic extremists, and for the same reason.
In keeping with the right-wing media determination to insure that their audience remains biased and ignorant, the Fox News Channel failed to report the story. This failure is all the more egregious considering the complicity that Fox News has in Doggart’s scheme.
Doggart, who was working with right-wing militias that share his view that President Obama was guilty of treason, told the FBI in his confession that he “justified his attack on lslamberg by claiming that the residents of Islamberg were planning a terrorist attack.” And where did he get this groundless notion? In January Bill O’Reilly hosted, Ryan Mauro, a “national security analyst” who claimed that Muslims were forming “no-go zones” in the United States where they would train and launch domestic attacks. These claims were never substantiated by credible sources in law enforcement, and the organizations to which Mauro belonged were well known anti-Islamic propagandists.
That didn’t stop Fox News from inviting Mauro back numerous times to spread his false and inflammatory smears. It is that sort of disinformation that gives Doggart, and so many other Fox News viewers, the wrong impression of Islam along with an unwarranted fear of peaceful fellow citizens. It is the same sort of dishonest “journalism” that prevents Fox News, and other conservative media outlets, from reporting the other side of the terrorism story that reveals the criminal activities of Christian extremists like Doggart.
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Fox News has a long history of fear mongering about Muslims while neglecting news stories involving right-wing extremists. A couple of years ago another Christian terrorist was arrested – and ignored by Fox. Earlier this year Fox became hysterical about a study produced by the Department of Homeland Security that warned of right-wing domestic terrorists. They believed that this demonstrated the government’s anti-conservative bias. What they never told their viewers was that a similar study had also been produced previously that addressed the same sort of threats from radical left-wingers.
That’s the sort of deceptive biases that Fox engages in routinely. And it’s why people like Doggart become radicalized on behalf of insane conspiracy theories. Should any of the crackpots who buy into this nonsense succeed in carrying out one of their plots, Fox News should share in the responsibility for the damage done.
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Share responsibility? Ha. Look how much responsibility Palin ‘shared’ for her gun sights post that got Gabby shit and others killed. Nada. She is out there again this week warning her scared sheep of radical Islamists ‘right here in America’ and telling people to be vigilant and prepared (in other words, keep your guns at the ready, because our President will not protect you.) By promoting selected stories only, Fox and their viewers are responsible for the divisiveness and hatred in this nation, not the left, and not the President. FOX. Ailes. Palin. The GOP in Congress.
If you are not one of their viewers, how do you know what they are saying/reporting on? Basing your opinion on what others say, or your own assumptions makes your arguments biased and your conclusions inaccurate.
Fox News is bad, there is no denying it, but it doesn’t stop there or is limited to “one side” as you suggest at the end of your post. You need to wake up and stop being a blind follower. There isn’t a leader yet (today) that has or can rise above the divisions.
that was to be a reply to SallyinMI
Didn’t somebody just yesterday write the following: “Christians seem to be able to handle disrespect to their beliefs without threatening violence.”? This would seem to be an opportune time for the writer to address that statement. If the writer is actually interested. Because it seems to prove that making ignorant, sweeping generalizations isn’t just the province of “liberals,” as the writer seems to believe since the writer often writes such things.
That was Steve in York, and he does write such things. I wouldn’t bet on him addressing it because any time there is a substantive issue on the table he goes off-topic.
By the way Mark, unlike you I know when I’m wrong. Of course that’s what I get for defending something I despise (ie religion).
Yep, I guess I was wrong. I’m not all that upset – I’m an equal opportunity religion basher and i’ll be sure not to defend any of them in the future.
1st- Fox did report it: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/19/east-tennessee-man-pleads-guilty-to-plotting-attack-on-new-york-muslim/
2nd- It is not difficult to get ordained as a “Christian” minister. Not everyone who says they are a Christian is (Matt7:21). Christianity requires an internal change. Being baptized, taking communion, getting ordained or saying a prayer do not make someone a Christian.
3rd- While some who call themselves Christian have engaged in lone wolf attacks, such attacks are not supported by scripture. Jesus said that if no one in a town accepts the message than shake the dust off your feet and move on.
4th- There are no large organized Christian forces out to kill anyone who refuses to convert to Christianity. However, Christians are the current primary target of those who do think that way. Those people happen to be Muslim.
The Fox News Channel did not report this. You linked to an Associated Press story posted on their website, which is not the same thing.
You can say what you want about Christians you don’t like, but recognize that the majority of Muslims also don’t like Al Qaeda and ISIS.
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