Can you spot the difference?
I don’t know anyone who worships Easter. Do you? Apparently a lot of Democrats do:
Former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and several other leading Democrats denounced terror attacks on what they called “Easter worshippers” — not Christians — Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Suicide bombers murdered nearly 300 people and wounded 500 more in attacks on three churches, three hotels, and a housing complex. Many were killed as they attended Mass for Easter Sunday. The government reportedly suspects that the bombers, all Sri Lankans, were members of “a domestic Islamist terror group named National Thowfeek Jamaath.”
Yet Obama, Clinton, and other Democrats — including 2020 presidential contender Julián Castro — could not bring themselves to identify the victims of the attacks as “Christians,” calling them “Easter worshippers” instead in eerily similar responses.
Of course they’re similar. Satan is called “the Father of Lies,” so it stands to reason he’s pretty good at message discipline in his deception. In his playbook, Christians can only be mentioned if they’re tarred with nefarious accusations, deserved or not. Can’t have people sympathizing with them — that’s reserved for minorities and the “Religion of Pieces.”
At the same time, anyone who recognizes the prevalence of jihad and Christian persecution is just some angry right-wing extremist:
As Glenn Reynolds points out:
They don’t want you to be angry, even though they know you have things to be angry about. They want you to be ashamed, all the time, for disagreeing with them about, well, anything. Meanwhile they want to keep their own base angry and inflamed 24/7. News spin revolves around this to a huge degree.
I refuse to be ashamed for disagreeing with people who can’t seem to figure out there are only two genders. As for anger… Christians are never told in scripture not to be angry — only to be careful that in our anger, we do not sin. Given how much we’ve had to become angry about since 9/11, that’s increasingly difficult. At least for me. I take some solace in this, though: if this prayer was good enough for David, it’s good enough for me:
The righteous will be glad when they see sinners punished;
they will wade through the blood of the wicked.
People will say, “The righteous are indeed rewarded;
there is indeed a God who judges the world.”
Those who refuse to say Christ’s name today will one day bow at the sound of it. May that day come soon, both here and abroad. My waders are ready and waiting.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.