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Blog | Media rarely report on these ‘Christian’ terror groups. Why?

Eric Rudolph set off a bomb during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, among other terror acts. He was motivated by his religion. Does that make him a Christian terrorist?
Eric Rudolph set off a bomb during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, among other terror acts. He was motivated by his religion. Does that make him a Christian terrorist?

In a previous post, we discussed an example of liberal media bias and how it led to the Rolling Stone story about a gang rape that didn’t happen. (We also mentioned the false “60 Minutes” report about Benghazi.)

But there are other media blind spots, including in ways many critics of “the liberal media” don’t much like to admit.

The media freely debates about just how ‘Muslim’ groups such as ISIL and Al Qaeda really are. That debate has been open and ongoing for years now, since at least the 9/11 terror attacks. No matter how many times crazed men and women do awful things in the name of Jesus instead of Allah, though, there is no corresponding, passionate debate about just how ‘Christian’ those groups are.

And when the discussion does erupt every now and again, it immediately focuses on past eras, the ones that produced the Crusades and Jim Crow.

But there are modern-day groups who claim the Christian banner to do awful, ugly things. A writer at Alternet has compiled a short list of them:

6. The Concerned Christians

One of the ironic things about some Christianists is the fact that although they believe that Jews must be converted to Christianity, they consider themselves staunch supporters of Israel. And some of them believe in violently forcing all Muslims out of Israel. The Concerned Christians, a Christianist doomsday cult that was founded by pastor Monte “Kim” Miller in Denver in the 1980s, alarmed Colorado residents when, in 1998, at least 60 of its members suddenly quit their jobs, abandoned their homes and went missing—and it turned out there was reason for concern. In 1999, Israeli officials arrested 14 members of the Concerned Christians in Jerusalem and deported them from Israel because they suspected them of plotting terrorist attacks against Muslims. One likely target, according to Israeli police, was Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque—the same mosque that was targeted in 1969 (when a Christianist from Australia named Denis Michael Rohan unsuccessfully tried to destroy it by arson) and, Israeli police suspect, was a likely target in 2014 (when Adam Everett Livix, a Christianist from Texas, was arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of plotting to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem).

In 2008, Denver’s KUSA-TV (an NBC affiliate) reported that members of the Concerned Citizens had gone into hiding and that Miller hadn’t been seen in ten years.

To find out about the rest of the groups, go here.

The list doesn’t even include the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is a group that found a home in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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