Diary of a Christian Terrorist
Visitors to Mark David Uhl’s Myspace page will quickly learn that Uhl is a student at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, that he is a devoted Christian, that his name means “Mighty Warrior” — and that he likes Will Smith’s saccharine tear-up-the-club track, “Switch.”
Uhl reveals his career ambitions on his page as well: “I will join the Army as an officer after college.” Already, Uhl was preparing in Liberty’s ROTC program. …
[Uhl] was arrested soon after and charged with manufacturing explosives.
Indeed, both Uhl and Cho were alienated young men who conceived or carried out campaigns of mass murder on college campuses.
But there is a crucial difference between Uhl and Cho: while Cho’s motives remain a source of intense debate, Uhl was an a devout evangelical Christian who advocated religious violence in the name of American nationalism. …
Uhl writes: “Christians, fear of death, fear of death. The fear of death shows you don’t believe.”
Uhl concludes, “God needs soldiers to fight so his children may live free. Are you afraid??? I’m not. SEND ME!!! ”
Uhl’s imploration sounds eerily like the battle-cries of another, more notorious religious radical: Osama bin-Laden. …
Christian right leaders from the late Falwell to James Dobson have turned Muslim-bashing into a cottage industry, using the words of bin-Laden and his acolytes to allege that Islam is an inherently violent religion that “breeds” terrorism.
After meeting with President George W. Bush two weeks ago about Iran and Iraq, Dobson conducted a hysterical five-part broadcast hyping the threat of radical Islam. (CD’s of those broadcasts will soon be available on Focus on the Family’s website, with all proceeds going to support Dobson’s kulturkampf — and his paycheck).
The response of Dobson and his allies to Uhl’s arrest will reflect more on themselves than on any impressionable 19-year-old college student.
The Christian right has warped religious doctrine to advance a Utopian political worldview that promises to purify the land of liberal decadence.
Through one of its flagship universities, the Christian right produced a terrorist.
Their hysterical warnings of the threat of radical Islam sound increasingly like projections.
But then again, maybe it’s all Will Smith‘s fault.
In this video, the Teletubbies react to Fallwell’s death.
Fallwell and Islamophobia: here.
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY TO INVESTIGATE JERRY FALWELL JR.’S TENURE AS PRESIDENT Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, an inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday. In a statement, the board said it had retained an outside firm to investigate “all facets” of the university’s operations under Falwell, and that it was “committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president.” Calls for such an investigation had been mounting since Falwell’s departure last week. He had been president since 2007. [AP]
- Election 2012 Marks the End of Evangelical Dominance in Politics (theatlantic.com)
- Southern Slavery As It Was: The Bible as Engine of Extremism (bigthink.com)
- Mel White’s “Holy Terror” (queerchurchnews.wordpress.com)
- In Virginia’s Hills, a Football Crusade (nytimes.com)