I think more people don’t seem to care about this because the American media shies away from calling it “terrorism” when some Christian wingnut shoots up an abortion clinic or bombs a mosque or synagogue. They don’t want Mr. and Mrs. Middle America thinking that Americans can be terrorists. No, those are the people who follow that weird eastern religion — no good Christian would dare commit an act of terrorism, no sir! But if the person came from another country, and especially if they’re part of “that” religion, watch out: the terrorists are here, and together with the atheists they’re out to murder and eat your children.
This makes me wonder if labeling these acts as terrorism (as they should be) would be seen as an attack on Christianity itself, giving Christians yet another reason to claim they’re being “persecuted”, which they often do nowadays. Maybe that’s part of the reason why the media shies away from that terminology. Who knows… All we can say for sure is that there are a lot of crazies out there who think they’ve got a direct line to Jesus, and they hear his voice in their heads telling them to kill people in his name.
In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime).
“Since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies…have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology.” By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since 9/11.