Islamic extremist al-Qaeda terrorists proclaimed "in the name of Allah" before crashing two airplanes into the World Trade Center and killing thousands. Many Americans oppose the building of a Muslim mosque and community center near Ground Zero. A mosque is a religious house of worship in the same way a synagogue is to Jews and the church is to Christians. Opponents to the building of the mosque condemn all Muslims for the sins of the al-Qaeda terrorists. Yet, Christians also kill in the name of Christianity. No one ever argues about building churches.
Historically, Christian Americans killed, stole and destroyed the lives of African- Americans, Native Americans and other minorities in the name of Christianity. In the building of America, Christians committed ethnic cleansing on Native Americans, nearly destroying their entire race, in part, due to intolerance, ignorance and religious beliefs. In the 1800's, Christians justified their actions, by labeling Native Americans as "heathens", because they did not practice Christianity. Blacks were enslaved in support of Christianity. Frederick Douglas spoke in 1845 about the connection between Christianity and slavery. He stated "men were sold to build churches; women sold to support the gospel; and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen." During the Civil War, southern white Christians fought to keep blacks in slavery in the name of Christianity.
America's first true homegrown terrorist group, the Klu Klux Klan, formed as a racist and anti-Semitic movement in 1866. The Klan's ideology was "Christian" oriented as they often recruited in churches although they practiced hate and violence against blacks and those in support of blacks and other minorities. The KKK sign of the cross is no coincidence as the same sign of the church and Christianity. The KKK burned blacks' homes and lynched blacks well into the 20th century.
After the Civil War, whites used Christianity to promote segregation as the way God intended for us to live, "separate but equal". Yet, segregation caused the loss of lives, black businesses, economic gains, denial of voting rights and resulted in inferior education, inadequate housing and overall substandard quality of life for blacks. Segregation resulted in whole towns of blacks being burned down, including the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre where over 1000 black homes and businesses were burned and many lives lost.
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