Imagine, for a moment, if Devin Patrick Kelley had entered a mosque and opened fire on over 50 Muslims, killing more than two dozen of them. Would liberals be mocking the Muslim faith the way so many are doing right now against the Christian faith? Of course not. Any attack on a religion is treated as such unless it’s Christianity, in which case the left-leaning mainstream media will highlight everything they can to downplay the truth.
Yesterday’s massacre at a Texas church was carried out by a militant atheist who likely chose the church specifically because it was a church. There were more populated venues he could have chosen if the goal was for effect. There were places that offered a higher likelihood of escape and a lower likelihood that someone else with a firearm could chase him down. We may never know for sure what motivated Kelley, but the circumstantial evidence from his social media combined with his chosen venue tell us it’s probable he wanted to kill people who were in the middle of worshiping.
If it were a mosque or any other religious or cultural venue other than a Christian church, the discussion would be about bigotry. That’s not to say a good share of the focus wouldn’t be on gun control, but because it was “just” a Christian church that was attacked, gun control grabs the lion’s share of opinion pieces, social media posts, and commentary from public officials. The media wants us to be less concerned that he gunned down Christians and more concerned that he didn’t have to go through a background check in order to illegally procure his firearm.
Discrimination, bigotry, and the fact that this was quite obviously a hate crime are secondary to the media because it was a Judeo-Christian faith being targeted.
As more facts emerge, do not lose focus on the reality here. Kelley attacked Christians because they were Christians. Many on the left are disgustingly using this incident to further attack the Christian faith; Tweets attacking calls for “thoughts and prayers” are so prominent on Twitter right now that I don’t even recommend doing the search. It will only make people of faith more upset about this tragedy and the reactions from the left.
Christianity is under attack around the world. It has been relatively safe in America, but things are changing rapidly. We have to be willing to call this what it is. Just because it wasn’t a mosque that was attacked doesn’t make it any less of a hate crime.