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Another serial killer? Blame 'religious rage.'

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 05, 2015

Another serial killer (and No, I’m not going to publicize his name) asks potential victims if they are Christians, and if they are, he guns them down. The Washington Post headline (for a home-delivery edition, apparently not online) says that the killer might have been motivated by “religious rage.”

Religious rage? This would seem an obvious instance of anti-religious rage. More specifically, anti-Christian rage. But fashionable journalists have grown accustomed to thinking, and writing, that people of faith are the dangerous, intolerant ones.

Maybe the headline writer at the Post was worried that if the massacre were attributed to anti-religious rage, Christians around the world would riot, beheading atheists, burning down embassies, and slaughtering ambassadors, while shouting: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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