Thu. Nov 13, 2003
Another Religious Terrorist
Another Religious Terrorist – He believed in violence as a means of expressing his religious fury, openly admired those who had gone before him, and prayed to follow in their footsteps. His talk of targets included my home state, President Bush and former President Clinton. And he’d purchased materials to make his plans a violent reality.
His name is Stephen John Jordi. He’s an American. A former Army Ranger. And a member of the ”Army of God,” our own Christian Al Qaeda.
Despite his ultimate failure, he deserves the same contempt we reserve for Al Qaeda, for trying to pervert religion to fit his violent desires. And he deserves equal justice. Because when you strip away his religious rhetoric, you find yet another killer-wannabe who’s found a way to twist the words of a religion of peace and forgiveness to fit his murderous impulse.
But this appears to be a second rung sidebar story that won’t generate much if any commentary, and I find that a bit bothersome. If we as Americans don’t step forward and loudly condemn such an obvious self-declared religious terrorist, how can we ask Muslims to do the same of the obvious self-declared religious terrorists of their faith?