The media world has gone stark raving mad, or at least the leftist media world has gone mad.
Juan Williams being fired by National Public Radio (NPR) is absolutely foolish, nobody with half a brain can disagree with that.
It was another comment he made during that discussion that caught my attention. I’m not saying this is a fireable offense, but it certainly is inaccurate and needs to be countered before the activist old media totally turns this falsehood into something they would call a fact.
During the discussion where Williams said he gets “nervous” when he sees people on a plane in Muslim garb (that’s what got him fired). Williams also warned O’Reilly against blaming all Muslims for “extremists,” saying Christians shouldn’t be blamed for Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Timothy McVeigh was not Christian. Love ya Juan, and sorry to hear about what happened with NPR, but Timothy McVeigh was not Christian. He was agnostic. He made the statement many times to newspapers. He also said “science is my religion.” McVeigh was Catholic as a young child, but never really practiced the religion. He told the authors of American Terrorist that he “did not believe in Hell.” If there’s one tenet that’s consistent with Christian religions, it’s a belief in Hell—and Heaven, for that matter.
We all know the reason the activist old media perpetuate this myth. They want so badly to blame a terrorist attack on a Christian. For the record—have I mentioned this yet? Timothy McVeigh the terrorist who planted the bomb at the Murrah Federal Building that killed 165 people back in 1995 was not a Christian.
Often on talks shows this goes unchallenged, even by conservatives. Sometimes conservatives even spread this lie themselves, but at the least, it needs to be countered and stopped whenever it is mentioned. There is plenty of evidence out there to counter this myth that McVeigh was a Christian. Wikipedia has plenty of information about this; here’s some more.
I don’t want this to turn into a theological discussion, but let’s make this simple, you become a Christian by making a statement that you believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior. You then try to live a life consistent with that statement. It’s pretty simple. McVeigh did neither of those things. He told anybody who would listen that he was agnostic. You cannot be a Christian while saying you are agnostic.
In the furor over the “Muslim” comments that got Williams fired, the “Christian” comment will be passed over once again. It usually is.
Of course, Juan’s firing reminds us all of what happened recently when Rick Sanchez was fired for calling Jon Stewart a “bigot.” Sanchez could drive drunk twice and kill a man while driving drunk and it’s okay for him to be hired by CNN, but calling Stewart a bigot was over the top and he had to go for that.
“Straining at gnats and swallowing camels” is one of my favorite lines from the Bible (Matthew 23: 23,24). Christ was blasting the Pharisees for obsessing over the little things, but ignoring the big things, a great life lesson right there.
When religion and terrorism has become an issue, as it has in the real world, and in this debate, it must be discussed openly and honestly and without prejudice. It must also be factual. Debate the Muslim issue as you will but, Timothy McVeigh was not a Christian. Have I made that clear?