In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, the occurrence of Islamophobia is incredibly shocking.
Most people believe all terrorist acts committed in the US are strictly carried out by Muslims, but history serves as a reminder that plenty of violent terrorist activity has come from white supremacists, radical Christians, and far-right militia groups.
Although some folks don’t want to believe that people of their faith have committed unspeakable atrocities, it happens. People are still doing awful things in the name of Christianity, even if their actions are not completely based on their respective faiths.
Typically, they have their own political agenda.
Here are the top five terrorist attacks on America that Muslims had absolutely nothing to do with.
The Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church Shooting
On July 27, 2008, Christian Right sympathizer Jim David Adkisson strolled into the church and opened fire during a children’s play. He began shooting people at random — killing two and injuring seven others — at “the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.”
Ku Klux Klan
The president of a Virginia Ku Klux Klan group alleges the KKK is a Christian organization and does no condone violence. However, the group has been using fear and violence to terrorize Americans for decades, especially gays, Jews and people of color. The KKK is responsible for countless rapes, lynchings, bombings and massacres.
Campaign of Terror Against Abortion Doctors
According to the National Abortion Federation, since 1977, there have been 383 death threats, 17 attempted murders, 100 butyric acid attacks, 373 physical invasions, 41 bombings, 655 anthrax threats, three kidnappings, and 17 attempted murders against abortion providers by Christian pro-life right-wingers.
In 1998, Dr. Barnett Sleipan was shot and killed in his home by a Christian terrorist. “It’s really an act of terrorism and, in my mind, a cold-blooded assassination,” Gov. George Pataki said.
Oklahoma City Bombing
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a fertilizer bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building — killing 168 and injuring more than 600. He was allegedly obsessed with the Seventh-Day Aventist group known as the Branch Davidians, and used what happened at the Mount Carmel compound as reasoning.
Massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston
On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, who was a devout Christian, went to church and worshiped regularly, opened fire and killed nine people inside the South Carolina church.