I used to listen to a lot of Short-wave radio — especially back in the ’90s. (I “still” listen to short-wave radio — but that’s a different topic.) 🙂
Anyway, one of the things I remember most from “back in the day” was the complete overabundance of crazy-ass Fundie Christian cultist weirdos. This is why I have never been able to take the hysteria about what happened to the “Branch Davidians” seriously.
- Yes, it is entirely possible for religious groups to have fucked-up doctrines. I see nothing (in principle) preventing a self-styled “minister”/”prophet” from hoodwinking a bunch of gullible people into allowing him to create his own personal harem.
- Nor is it particularly hard for me to understand that yes, some people are genuinely convinced that they need to be heavily armed, in preparation for the Battle of Armageddon.
So, when the U.S. Government bungled their attempted “siege”, and a bunch of cultists ended up dead, that didn’t really surprise me in the least.
let’s be honest, folks: Jim Jones (The “Peoples’ Temple” guy) positioned himself as a preacher/cult-leader, too.
So it was really disgusting to hear “Conspiracy theoriest” types on Short-wave (self-styled “patriots”, no less!) — uncritically painting the Branch Davidians as some sort of wonderful, sinless utopina comunie — merely because they happened to be a “church”, and/or consider themselves to be “Christians”.
I honestly cannot wrap my mind around the sort of mentality which would actually believe that all “Christian” groups/organizations/cults etc. are wonderful, merely on the basis that they self-identify with Christianity.
I have no difficulty in recognizing the fact that (giving “religion” the benefit of the doubt) — “Religion” serves as a damn-near foolproof “cover” for just about any sort of atrocity you could ever dream up.
So, yeah: the most you can say about the Waco thing was: the Government’s attempts to “defuse” the situation failed miserably, resulting in mass death, and subsequent “blowback” (in the form of the “Militia” movement of the 1990s).
My question is:
Post-9/11, it seemed like everyone was in a pants-shitting tantrum about “Islamic” terrorism, and various foreign terrorist groups.
Why does nobody seem to give any thought to “Christian” terrorist groups?
Sadly, my theory is: “Christianity” gets a free pass. Most people are implicitly “warm and fuzzy” about Christianity in a way that they aren’t about other religions. Probably this has to do with the fact that most people implicitly “smuggle in” the notion that every other version of “Christianity” is at least broadly similar to their favorite (idealized) version.
This is, of course, utter bullshit.