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Blaming Christianity for Islamic Terrorism


It is difficult for faithful Christians to understand why they are being blamed by some of their own religious leaders for inspiring a terrorist attack that killed 50 and wounded dozens more in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Earlier last week, Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, the bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida, posted a statement on his blogthat blamed the teachings of the Catholic Church for breeding the kind of “contempt” for the LGBT community that caused the violence in Orlando. Claiming that “it is religion, including our own [Catholic teaching], which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people,” Bishop Lynch appears to believe that Catholic doctrines “plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.”

Likewise, United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcana of the California Pacific Conference blogged that her denomination’s teachings are to blame for the terrorist attack:

I have been struck by a concern that has penetrated my heart. Is it possible that we United Methodists with such a negative attitude and position against LGBTQI persons contribute to such a crime. When we say that those who are of a homosexual gender identity are living lives that are incompatible with Christian teaching, that they are not to be included in our ordained leadership, and that they are not important enough for us to invest resources of the Church in advocating for their well-being, in essence when we say that our LGBTQI brothers and sisters are not worthy of the fullness of life that Christ offers us all, are we not contributing to the kind of thinking that promotes doing harm to these our brothers and sisters, our children, the sacred children of God?

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