The article describes more over-the-top threats of violence -- in this case, threats of a "civil war" -- from abortion foes.
What makes this unsettling is that even if most of this is rhetoric or confined to a fringe group, some nut with a gun is going to take it seriously and try to apply a "Second Amendment solution".
[André Gagné] says that the idea that abortion may lead to civil war has percolated for some time on the Christian right. Gagné says that the Christian right’s fight against abortion is driven by real belief, and real fear.
“The Christian right believes that if they don’t engage politically, and try to influence social issues, God will judge America, and he will judge them,” Gagne said.
Interesting because this is pretty similar to how the Right tries to explain why Muslims are a threat. I wonder how the Right feels about the same words being applied to them?
If this was a witch hunt, it found a lot of witches. -- David Cole, writing about the Mueller investigation.
The main purveyor of this civil war idea seems to be the Charismatic movement, and, while I think for the most part they are Christians their belief in the continuation of the "spiritual (supernatural) gifts" (such as speaking in tongues, prophecies, healings etc.) which is what defines them as a movement, is false, and God cannot honor it. One of their number, Rick Joyner, reports a (prophetic) dream he had about this supposed civil war conflict over abortion, about how we're already in it to some extent. Most of such prophetic words of the charismatics do not pan out.
To my mind the charismatic movement is one of the ways the Church, meaning all the Christian churches as a unit, is apostate or at odds with God these days. In fact this is a big reason why the nation is under God's judgment, INCLUDING FOR THE GREAT SIN OF ABORTION, and that this judgment will only increase unless the Church does something to purge itself of such apostasies. That means that, far from the charismatic churches representing God's will they are in fact at odds with it. God is certainly opposed to abortion but He isn't going to honor our attempts to deal with it if we do it against His stated doctrines.
There is a right wing Christianity that is NOT charismania. We oppose abortion but we also oppose the charismatic movement.
abe: Put it this way: God's method is persuasion, to win people over, not war. If we are failing at persuasion to the point of considering war as a solution to the abortion problem it means we as a Church need to find out where we have lost God's will and get back in lne with Him.
Do you know what terrorism is? As for conservatism, is there any proof the bombs were intended to further the cause of conservatism or to specifically harm people who supposedly impede conservative ideals. Were these 2 blacks the object of his hatred? Did he even know them?
Yes. Are you really going to suggest that someone who plants bombs isn’t a terrorist ?
quote: As for conservatism, is there any proof the bombs were intended to further the cause of conservatism or to specifically harm people who supposedly impede conservative ideals
What are you trying to say here ? Actually it looks like simple racism, which is a conservative cause. In his confession he gives no reason for choosing his targets, which argues against any personal motive.
quote: Were these 2 blacks the object of his hatred? Did he even know them?
Since one bomb was on the street and triggered by a tripwire it’s certain that that one wasn’t targeted at someone in particular. To the best of my knowledge there’s no evidence of any personal motive against any of the people targeted, either.