To be fair, genocide is rooted in the Bible.
By Adam Lee—Alternet
Recently, Charisma magazine, a major media outlet for evangelical and Pentecostal Christians, published an open call to genocide. The article in question, titled “ Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic“ [sic] and written by Gary Cass, begins with the premise that „every true follower of Mohammed“ wants to „subjugate and murder“ non-Muslims, and therefore it’s impossible for Christians to live together peacefully with them.
Cass proposes three solutions to this problem. One is for Muslims to undergo mass conversion to Christianity; the other is mass deportation combined with eugenics – either „force them all to get sterilized“ or kick them out of America „like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors.“ But he says both of these plans are unlikely to work, so „really there’s only one“ solution, which is:
Violence: The only thing that is biblical and that 1,400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense.
Notice Cass‘ statement that war has been „shown to work“ by „1,400 years of history.“ The only thing he could be referring to is the Crusades (presumbly beginning with the Spanish Reconquista, around 700 CE), which often entailed the massacre of civilians in captured areas. Most of us know the Crusades as a bloody and barbaric era in our history and think that a repeat is something to be avoided at all costs, but Cass is openly cheering the idea.
„Overwhelming self defense“ is another bizarre and disturbing contradiction in terms. By definition, anything more than the minimum amount of force to stop an imminent threat isn’t self-defense. The idea that self-defense requires waging „overwhelming war“ on entire populations, rather than against specific aggressors, is the hallmark of paranoid and racist fantasies which believe civilization is under threat by „the other“ and must be protected at all costs.
Like many deluded, macho wannabe crusaders, he fantasizes about the collapse of society, urging his readers to buy guns and form militias:
First trust in God, then obtain a gun(s), learn to shoot, teach your kids the Christian doctrines of just war and self defense, create small cells of family and friends that you can rely on if some thing catastrophic happens and civil society suddenly melts down.
Finally, he closes with a bloodcurdling statement that can only reasonably be interpreted as a call for genocide against Muslims: