Mass Shootings, Labels, and Religion

December 7, 2015

When is a mass shooting terrorism?  Sadly, in the United States it seems to depend on the religion and ethnicity of the person doing the shooting.

“If a Christian person kills someone, it’s a crime, but if a Muslim person kills someone, it’s seen as an act of terror. In statements after the San Bernardino shooting, presidential candidate Ted Cruz called the shootings ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ before an investigation was complete. And Chris Cuomo said that Christians don’t kill in the name of Christianity.”

Read “Choosing Our Words: Crime versus Terrorism” by The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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