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It appears that there are some out there who have asserted the claim that the Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh was a Christian or at the least, a self-professed Christian. пїЅ This claim sadly enough, had been used in different arguments for varying ranges of issues.
пїЅ For instance, Minister Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam (NOI) in a speech at a Chicago mosque referred to how the mass media did not state that terrorist Timothy McVeigh was a Christian.
Farrakhan is quoted by Cybercast News Service (CNS) as saying:
"Even though his crime was the most horrific committed up until that time, no one said Christian Timothy McVeigh, they just said Timothy McVeigh .пїЅ(SEE NOTE 1)
The writer of this article also recalls that right after September 11 th. other Islamic leaders besides Farrakhan have made the same claim about McVeigh being a пїЅChristianпїЅ. пїЅ Mike Tyson was an example of a prominent Muslim who also referred to McVeigh as a Christian after the 9/11 incident.
Interestingly enough, Muslims were not the only one who has been saying this. пїЅ The atheist Dan Barker has been as well. пїЅ In a particular editorial in пїЅFreethought TodayпїЅ, that serves as the regular newspaper publication of Freedom From Religion Foundation (the organization Dan Barker belongs to), they had a piece titled пїЅChristian Terrorism In Oklahoma CityпїЅ. (See NOTE 2)
пїЅWhy is no one calling the Oklahoma City bombing suspects пїЅChristian terroristsпїЅ?пїЅ(SEE NOTE 3)
The heart of the matter to BarkerпїЅs essay was the claim that McVeigh was in his understanding, a Christian. (SEE NOTE 4) It was to him, something that was obvious yet people tried to пїЅseeпїЅ God into the tragedy in a positive light instead:
пїЅIgnoring the obvious religious connections here, everyone seems eager to turn this tragedy into an opportunity to acknowledge a deity .пїЅ
He then takes the moment to attack Christianity and the concept of belief in God from the fulcrum that the Oklahoma City Bomber was a пїЅChristianпїЅ even having the audacity to go on and blame Christianity for the bombing:
пїЅSince Christianity has a history of bloody persecution, wouldn't it make more sense for Freeh to identify religion as the culprit here?
Though Barker went tangent into other unrelated areas in his essay, we would be focusing this article more narrowly to the issue that is the fulcrum, the crux of his essay: Was Timothy Mc McVeigh a Christian?
How anyone could say McVeigh was a Christian is beyond this writerпїЅs mind. пїЅ His action and deeds definitely does not reflect that of a virtuous believer. пїЅ Even more, there has not been any quotation of the Oklahoma City Bomber professing any Christian faith. пїЅ Barker does not quote a single reference to back his allegation. пїЅ On the contrary we see that there is documentation that he did not accept the Christian faith.
In an article by United Kingdom пїЅs пїЅThe GuardianпїЅ about McVeighпїЅs execution, we find this reference:
пїЅIn his letter, McVeigh said he was an agnostic but that he would "improvise, adapt and overcome", if it turned out there was an afterlife. " If I'm going to hell," he wrote, "I'm gonna have a lot of company." His body is to be cremated and his ashes scattered in a secret location.пїЅ(SEE NOTE 5)
пїЅ Note the above that McVeigh пїЅsaid he was an agnosticпїЅ but not only that, but that he was defiant about hell itself and remain unrepentant. пїЅ Then we also find the same statement that he was an agnostic admitted by Lou Michel during a cyber interview with CNN. пїЅ Lou Michel spent hours interviewing McVeigh in writing a book titled, пїЅAmerican Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City BombingпїЅ. пїЅ MichelпїЅs words are enlightening:
Lou Michel: McVeigh is agnostic. He doesn't believe in God, but he won't rule out the possibility. I asked him, пїЅWhat if there is a heaven and hell?пїЅ
He said that once he crosses over the line from life to death, if there is something on the other side, he will -- and this is using his military jargon пїЅ пїЅadapt, improvise, and overcome.пїЅ Death to him is all part of the adventure.пїЅ(SEE NOTE 6)
If McVeigh never admitted to being a Christian but rather stated that he was an agnostic, how did Dan Barker and others come to this false conclusion? пїЅ It appears that at least in BarkerпїЅs case, he desires to hijack this false assertion to take the opportunity to slander Christianity. пїЅ Whatever is the case, God would be the ultimate Judge and its this authorпїЅs prayer that Barker and others like him repent to knowing knowledge of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Morano. Marc. пїЅ Farrakhan Warns of Armageddon if US Retaliates.пїЅ Cybercast News Service 17 September 2001.
The date of this opinion piece was May, 1995. пїЅ Though it is a bit of an older writing of Barker, it must still be dealt with as the organization Freedom From Religion Foundation still has this accessible on their website online without any retraction. пїЅ The link to it can be accessed at http://ffrffttoday/1995/may95/oklahoma.html
Barker, Dan. пїЅChristian Terrorism In Oklahoma City .пїЅ FreethoughtToday May 1995
From the context of this particular essay Barker uses the term Christian and Catholic loosely and even interchangeable. пїЅ This seems to be his belief as can be seen in even his other writings such as his book, пїЅLosing Faith in Faith пїЅ.
Borger, Julian. пїЅ McVeigh faces day of reckoning. пїЅ The Guardian June 11 th 2001 .