Open Season on Christians has Begun

By: Erik Rush

“All I want to do is kill as many of you as I can, especially Christians.”
- Matthew Murray, Colorado mission school and church gunman.

I had already decided upon this subject matter for my column (the “imaginary” war on Christians eventually promoting violence against Christians, specifically the missionary group dormitory shooting an hour’s drive from my home in a Denver, Colorado suburb on Sunday, December 9), but as I was writing, I learned of yet a second shooting a few hours later at a church in Colorado Springs.

“COLORADO SPRINGS – Authorities say two to three people were shot on Sunday in the second shooting of the day at a religious organization.

The gunfire erupted in the 10,000-plus member mega-church, New Life Church, just after 1 p.m., according to authorities. …the shooter walked into the crowded foyer of the New Life Church as the 12 p.m. service was getting out and opened fire.”
- NBC affiliate KUSA 9News, December 9, 2:41 PM

Earlier that day, Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 23 were killed and two others were wounded when a black ski-masked man walked into the Youth With a Mission missionary training center in Arvada, Colorado and cut loose with a firearm.

Perhaps I’m just paranoid or pathologically neurotic, but I can’t help counting the countless instances of anti-Christian behavior and the increasing anti-Christian zeitgeist as an affirmation of that which I and many of my colleagues have asserted for just as long – that there is a war against Christianity being waged in America by certain Americans.

Before I became a Christian, and long before I understood anything about politics, I used to wonder how the early Christians, given the doctrine they preached, could be so viciously maligned and cruelly and doggedly persecuted.

“Police hunt gunman who killed 2 at missionary center”
“Gunman opens fire at church; gunman and two victims killed”
- Story Headlines, CNN, December 9, 2007

I’ve wondered a great deal over the last year how I would respond if some animated fecal golems masquerading as members of homo sapiens, homegrown or otherwise, burst into my church and started blasting away at the congregants. As far as the plan of action that materialized, I shan’t say more.

Then the are such things as the public display by the Connecticut Valley Atheists recently reported by another major online news agency. This one smacked of the asinine tussle that took place where I live recently relative to religious versus secular holiday displays, with a full complement of secular-atheist claptrap and veiled anti-religious rhetoric. In Connecticut, the message was that religions of various stripes were the cause of all the world’s ills, claiming that all forms of faith were primitive flights of science fiction and fantasy, and proffering the kind, wise, benevolent and superiorly-evolved religion of Man (atheism) as the only possible solution.

“Al-Qaeda is not a terrorist organization that happens to be religious, it is a terrorist organization that is inspired by its religious beliefs.”
- Connecticut Valley Atheists coordinator Dennis Himes.

A bigger crock I’ve never heard. Al-Qaeda is not a religious organization; it is an organization of disaffected thugs and sociopaths (brainwashed by their equally sociopathic Imams) posing as devout Muslims – albeit extremist, fringe retrograde ones. And all we need do is look at history, past and present, to see how feral human beings become when they are not constrained by moral doctrine.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this tragic time. It is incomprehensible that such atrocities could occur in places of faith and worship. It is my hope that the assailants are caught and swiftly brought to justice.”
- U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO)

Why “incomprehensible,” when we have a self-righteous, arrogant, conceited atheist lobby with a design that is no less than the wholesale disenfranchising of Christians, and which is protected by a complicit media, far-Left politicians and activist judges who routinely tailor our First Amendment to suit the agenda?

There are atheists and agnostics, as well as gays and other minority groups who just want to be left alone to live, work, and sock away a decent retirement. Atheist activist groups on the other hand, like so many niche activist groups, do not seek the parity they claim to seek as regards social expression. They are hateful, malignant pustules on the behind of our society, full of infectious cultural bacterium standing by to sickeningly burst in the face of America.

Now that I do understand something about politics, I understand why the early Christians were persecuted: They threatened the political status quo. These days, we threaten the emerging political paradigm, that which would imperiously and self-righteously manage the new status quo.

In an interview I did earlier this year on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, peripherally addressing this topic, it was a classic case of the opponent making my point for me. Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists appeared, and acquitted herself very well – if one considers coming across as an escaped psych patient “well,” blatantly, vigorously and viscerally overflowing with disdain and mockery of all things Christian. At one juncture, I honestly thought she might physically attack her fellow guest, the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, a socially conservative and prominent pastor and writer.

As I finish this column, authorities now claim they believe the two incidents might be linked:
“Investigators had reason to believe deadly shootings Sunday at a Christian missionary center in Arvada and a Colorado Springs evangelical church may be linked – and witnesses in both incidents described a gunman wearing a dark ‘beanie’ hat and a dark jacket.”
- Rocky Mountain News, December 10, 2007

Whether or not the attacks were linked, and despite that they seem to be homegrown rather than international terrorists, the message has been sent: One can gun down Christians in America; not only do we have Saudi-beholden invertebrate politicians who tolerate Wahabbists putting down roots here, but we also have our own cultural suicide bombers in the form of the atheist lobby.
There are pundits and writers who have been suggesting for some time that Christians – particularly ones who attend church with any regularity – ought to begin arming themselves. This will prove difficult to varying degrees due to the nanny-state socialist-influenced firearms laws that have proliferated over the last 40 years. Some may have to become de facto criminals in order to secure their own safety and that of their church families.

If it comes to saving lives some Sunday morning, however, I’m sure that many will be happy to serve the time.

Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist and author who writes a weekly column of political fare. He is also Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. An archive containing links to his writing is at His book, “It’s the Devil, Stupid!” is available through most major outlets. His new book, Annexing Mexico, has just been released.

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