5 Dec 2015

Cruz Says All Christian Terrorist Attacks Were Centuries Ago, Forgets About The One Last Week

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz claimed on Thursday that President Obama should recognize the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism” because Christians haven’t committed terrorist attacks for centuries. He seemingly forgot about the Christian terrorist who killed three people in Colorado last week.
“President Obama gave a speech in which he said, ‘Yes ISIS commits terrorist attacks, but so do Christians and so do Jews,'” Cruz said, referring to Obama’s recent remarks on ISIS murdering a Jordanian pilot. “And he then invoked the crusades and the inquisition. Now the last I checked, those ended about 900 years ago and I don’t think it’s asking too much for the President of the United States to stay in the current millennium.”
Less than a week ago, gunman Robert Lewis Dear killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, telling authorities as he was taken into custody: “No more baby parts.” Those words seemed to echo the rhetoric used by right-wing anti-abortion groups who spread misleading videos this year to defame the national women’s health provider.
According to the New York Times, Dear “described as ‘heroes’ members of the Army of God, a loosely organized group of anti-abortion extremists that has claimed responsibility for a number of killings and bombings.”
ThinkProgress reported that if true, Dear would appear to share the ideological leanings of so-called “Christian terrorists,” specifically participants in the “Christian identity movement” that have terrorized abortion providers for years.
Watch Cruz’s remarks:
Also during his remarks at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Cruz called Wednesday’s San Bernardino shooting “yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism, here at home.”
The motives of the shooters are still unclear and authorities have not mentioned any link between the killing of 14 people and Islamic terrorism. Fox News and other media outlets, however, werequick to speculate as the shooting was unfolding that it was connected to ISIS.
Cruz did not hesitate to speak about the motives of the shooting that involved Muslim gunmen, less than 24 hours after the shooting. But two days after the Planned Parenthood shooting, he told reporters that there still was not enough evidence to draw conclusions.

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