Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hate crimes against Christians

The recent church cold-blooded murder of a pastor in Illinois seems to be part of an increasing trend in violence against Christians. for example:
  • November 23, 2008: A gunman killed his estranged wife in a New Jersey church as Sunday services let out.
  • July 27, 2008: Two people were killed and six wounded in a shooting rampage at the church in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • December 9, 2007: An estranged young man kills two young adults at the ministry Youth with a Mission (YWAM) before driving to Colorado Springs church, New Life, and opening fire on the congregation just after church was let out. A total of 5 people were killed, including the gunmen. An off-duty security officer, Jeanne Assam, was able to stop the shooters rampage.
  • August 12, 2007: A lone gunman, Eiken Elam Saimon, opened fire in a Missouri Micronesian church, killing a pastor and two other churchgoers.
  • May 20, 2007: A standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings of three people in a Moscow, Idaho, Presbyterian Church ended with three dead, including one police officer.
  • Although not at a church building, the Oct. 2, 2006, attack in Lancaster County, Pa., by a gunman who killed five girls and then himself at an Amish school.
  • May 21, 2006: Louisiana. Four were killed by a man at Jesus Christ Church.
  • Feb. 26, 2006: Michigan. Two people were killed at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church by a man who reportedly went to the church looking for his girlfriend. He later killed himself.
  • April 9, 2005: A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church in College Park, Ga., where he had once worked as a security guard.
  • March 12, 2005: A man walked into the services of the Living Church of God in Milwaukee and open fired immediately, killing seven people.
  • Oct. 5, 2003: A woman opened fire in Turner Monumental AME church in Kirkwood, east of Atlanta, killing the pastor and two others.
  • Sept. 16, 1999: Seven young people were killed when a man opened fire during a prayer service for teen-agers at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
(from Christian Anti-Defamation Commission).

A gay man--Matthew Shepherd--is brutally and tragically murdered, and not only do every major news outlet in the country cover the story for weeks on end, but Hollywood even makes a movie out of it. But when churches are attacked and Christians are murdered, the media coverage is relatively minimal. Why is that? Shouldn't such violence qualify as "hate crimes?"

2 comments:

Steve said...

Why do you hate Matthew Shepherd so much? Do a search on Matthew Shepherd in your blog and every mention of him by you is hateful and demeaning. No one has ever compared his deaths to the deaths of Christians and implied that one is more deserving of attention than the other except for you. Why are you so obsessed with him? Would you say to his mother's face some of the things you have written about him in your blog? What is wrong with you? Do you have any sense of decency?

Organic Peas said...

Wow, Steve, I was stunned as I read your response. The original commentary was not hateful toward Shepherd... in fact he said Shepherd was "tragically" murdered.

You go on to say that every mention of him in the blog " by you is hateful and demeaning."

What?

Here are a couple mentions:

"The murder of Matthew Shepherd was a terrible atrocity and those who committed it deserved the death penalty."

"...when Matthew Shepherd was disgracefully murdered."

Steve, your accusations are totally false, and you owe an apology.