Conservatives Ignore Racism And Spin Church Shooting As A War On Christianity


After a white gunman, Dylann Storm Roof, shot and killed 9 African-Americans in a predominately black South Carolina church, conservative pundits and politicians wasted no time trying to dismiss racism as a factor in the shooting. Instead, the conservatives pivoted to define the terrorist attack on the historic black church as part of the “war on Christianity”.

For example, over at Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy was astonished that the killing spree was being labeled a hate crime, just because a white guy shot up a black church. While he argued that investigators shouldn’t jump to conclusions, he then drew his own conclusions. Since in Doocy’s world view racism no longer exists, the shooter must have been motivated by “hostility towards Christians” instead.

Fox & Friends guest Reverend E. W. Jackson, a failed former candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor and an African-American defender of segregation, was quick to dismiss the significance of race. Instead, he blamed the shooting on a war against Christianity. Jackson stated:

There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views…Most people jump to conclusions about race. I long for the day when we stop doing that in our country. But we don’t know why he went into a church, but he didn’t choose a bar, he didn’t choose a basketball court, he chose a church, and we need to be looking at that very closely.

Apparently Jackson thinks if the shooter was after black people he would have gone to a bar or a basketball court, because African-Americans like to drink and shoot hoops. In Jackson’s view the shooter was just a color blind anti-Christian assassin who coincidentally chose a black church and shot dead 6 black women and 3 black men without noticing their race.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum also labeled the shooting as an assault on religious liberty, not a racially-motivated assault on people of color. Santorum stated:

This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before.

“America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani also urged people not to jump to conclusions or to inject race into the discussion, arguing:

We have no idea what’s in his mind. Maybe he hates Christian churches.

Conservatives are so busy trying to deny racism exists, and so determined to cast themselves as victims of religious persecution that they are unable to confront the ugly truth even when it stares them in the face.

The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, who was arrested Thursday morning, appears on his Facebook page donning a jacket with an apartheid-era South Africa patch and a flag of Rhodesia patch. Both symbols are worn by White Supremacists to signify support for restoring “white rule”. Another photograph shows Roof posing in front of a car with a front license plate reading “Confederate States of America.” Those images just might suggest that he chose a black church for his target because he knew that their would be black people inside.

In addition, the suspect’s MySpace page contains very little content, but it does prominently display a song from the Christian heavy metal band “A Thousand Times Repent” on it. While a single song link doesn’t necessarily give much insight into Roof’s religious views, it does at least provide evidence that he might self-identify as a Christian. Unless the folks at Fox & Friends want to argue that obscure Christian metal bands are the music of choice for atheists, they are running out of evidence for their narrative that Roof’s crime was motivated more by hatred towards Christianity than hatred towards blacks.

Law enforcement agencies are treating the Charleston Church shootings as a racially-motivated hate crime, because all the evidence points in that direction. Conservatives can try to spin the story if they like, but the truth is plain as can be. Dylann Storm Roof committed a hateful act of domestic terrorism in a church full of black people. Their is no other way to spin it but to call it what it was… a racially motivated hate crime.



38 Replies to “Conservatives Ignore Racism And Spin Church Shooting As A War On Christianity”

  1. Once again, the extremists on the Right take no responsibility for what they have provoked. These are the people who are the biggest threat to our country, right here in our midst.

  2. Since it’s a “War on Christianity” now can we expect the Christians to shift over into “Gun Control” mode now?

  3. “You rape our women and take over our country. You’ve got to go.”

    Gee- I can see why folks like Sick Rantorum would get the notion that Roofie was targeting Xtians.

  4. Great God almighty, what the hell is wrong with people.
    I don’t care if they were black, white, Christian, Jew, Asian, Hispanic, Buddhist, democrat, or republican. When you perpetrate a crime against a person or persons for their race, religion, beliefs or what have you that is a hate crime.
    God it hurts to be a republican some times.

  5. Once again, lets be REAL!! many caucasians don’t want to talk about racism! because they’re too ignorant to face FACTS! that’s a prerequisite to becoming a REPUBLICAN!, republicans in my experience are usually very limited intellectually, VERY limited in COMMON SENSE!, very limited in understanding nuance! and ONE universal trademark, THEY’RE ALL about GREED!! money is their god! that’s why some broke A$S, redneck dirt farmer will lick the shoes of the wealthy, because in their twisted brains they REALLY think they’re just a lottery ticket from joining the 1%ers!. That massacre in S.C. was a hate crime and domestic terrorism! WHY? because if that caucasian BOY wanted to kill christians, WHY DID’NT he go to a WHITE SUBURBAN “SUPER CHURCH” and REALLY do some damage?? but NO! this redneck decided “I’m going to a BLACK CHURCH and rant about black men stealing WHITE WOMEN and how BLACK people are taking over america! wheres the rant about christians? FUX NEWS is pathetic!

  6. I notice he didn’t go into a white church and start shooting. With it being a Wednesday in South Carolina, you bet there were more than just a few white churches holding some type of meeting.

  7. These xtian deluded asses who try to turn this racist hate crime into them being persecuted need to be totally ridiculed. And they wonder why their numbers are dwindling.

    They are fools who worship the false ideologies of bigotry, misogyny, hate and greed.

  8. Fox News will lead the charge against reality and once again play the victim. They will bring on Wayne La Pierre’ of Murder Inc. to blame the victims by spouting “a good guy with a gun always stops a bad guy with a gun” And “they should have been armed” The Reich Wing has no shame, no humanity…

  9. ‘A law enforcement official says witnesses told authorities the gunman stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.”‘

  10. Interesting comment Knight, especially since you’re Black.
    The GOP/FOX response to this young man’s action should be a National lesson/study.
    Why are so many Blacks being attacked of late?
    Why so much hatred going around?
    The Intersection of Crazy & Hate?

  11. i was told last night by several black twitter activists that i should take down my “Whites in FULL Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement” FB page because as a white person i was only allowed to “care” not to be a “savior” and that my activism was “NOT welcome” — at 46, I have spent a lifetime arguing with white people about the double standards imposed by whites onto black people — i stuck my neck out loudly, and was ostracized by many whites along the way, including people in my family, only to be told by several young black twitter activists that I was “NOT welcome” and insults including “do you want us to sing you a negro spiritual or something” i left that conversation realizing that these particular black people are no less insensitive than their white racist counter-parts — that if these particular black youth were born white, they would be the piece of garbage white racists that we on the left all know — i am appalled by the way i was treated, i no longer care at all

  12. The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, who was arrested Thursday morning, appears on his Facebook page donning a jacket with an apartheid-era South Africa patch and a flag of Rhodesia patch.

    Both symbols are worn by White Supremacists to signify support for restoring “white rule”. Another photograph shows Roof posing in front of a car with a front license plate reading “Confederate States of America.”

    – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum also labeled the shooting as “an assault on religious liberty, not a not a racially-motivated crime. I believe that your “prayers” are only falling on deaf ears.

    What happened to admitting the truth and the reality of a situation, instead of only excuses and inflaming an already sensitive and personal tragedy to others?

    Only we can bring about a social justice, equality, and freedom by the understanding of an “every right” extended and endowed as the Creator would wish for and for us to demonstrate as we should.This is n…

  13. it started after i posed the question re Dolezal “what is the point in attacking one of the few white people who can adequately and respectfully articulate the issues of racial injustice in America?” (the twitter-shortened version of that) — and oh man did i ever get a lashing — although the woman appears to be delusional, i personally could identify with her, i have always had a soft spot for black issues and a critical take on white America’s insensitivity and (perceived) ignorance — there are many instances over the years where i have been unwelcome at protests or just in conversations — i was at a “black bar” many yrs ago in Denver where my friend made the near fatal mistake of talking pro-black racial politics at a pool table with about 6 black people, one of whom proceeded to attack him outside from behind with a 2×4 knocking him unconscious — luckily i already left — conclusion: not sure what to think anymore — black people appear to be equally insensitive and violent

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    Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate.

    Dalton Tyler, who said he has known Roof for seven months to one year, said he saw the white, 21-year-old suspect just last week.

    “He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

  15. @Author, you sound like a rational well meaning person so please don’t think I’m trying to be sarcastic but theres GOOD and BAD people in every aspect of life. I’m a A.A. and I absolutely wholeheartedly THANKING YOU for fighting for justice and don’t let a few IGNORANT NEGRO’s get under your skin. Truth be known, I’ve personally faced more bigoted people within MY OWN race than I’ve endured with caucasians . “SOME” A.A. are deeply troubled deeply brainwashed humans! I was always the kid who got high grades in school and MOST of my black classmates called me WHITE BOY because I wanted to make something out of myself and I studied hard, and partly because “NOT BY MY CHOICE” I talk ” WHITE or proper, trust me, if we talked by phone, you’d think I was RICHARD CUNNINGHAM, ANYWAY, we have some really negative IGNORANT black folks in the A.A. community too.

  16. i understand — i have actually said the same thing to other whites who faced similar shunning — i urged them to stay focused on the bigger picture, i.e. fighting for the health of our fragile society as a whole — i just needed to let out some steam — i have sacrificed much by not being a greedy white privileged thug, like many of my very wealthy white childhood friends, because i was empathetic to the plight of those who struggle and those oppressed — to be cut down so harshly, is ironic to say the least — i do understand your thinking and your advice and i appreciate it very much — i have no choice but to remain anti-racist, i understand the often deadly consequences of racism and double standards that are entirely pervasive toward black people at the hands of whites — so no chance i will change my underlying point of view — but enough about my little tiff with the twitter activists i encountered last night — my heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims in SC

  17. Republicans who are you going to believe Roof or your lying ass media that he committed this act of terror because of race

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  18. @Author, I’ll say it again, THANK YOU, we need more people like you, now don’t get me started on the Rachel Dolezel saga! I admire her immensely!! I know she wasn’t honest about her race but who cares!! in her heart and her LIFE she is drawn to the A.A. culture! BTW for the A.A. blasting her, LMFAO!! I’m willing to bet these same BLACK people don’t do ANYTHING to help their communities!! don’t get me to talking! I’ll tell the truth!! because truth be known, I’ve watched other races and how they will ATTEMPT to work together, you put 3-4-5 hispanic people in a house and try to work together and get ahead!? or Asian or muslim, they’ll try hard! NOW try putting three A.A in the same situation?!! they’ll be a homicide within day 4!! LOL get real! We A.A “SOMETIMES” aren’t willing to work together on ANYTHING! as soon as one of us gets successful, it’s out of there!! we abandon the hood and forget everybody and everything we knew! that’s the truth.

  19. Please, pay no attention to the “black Twitter activists” who offended you, Arthur. They don’t appreciate you like many other blacks like myself do. They don’t appear to me to be as interested in preventing the unnecessary deaths of all Americans by the hands of rogue police officers as they would like us to think. I’ve seen their types before. What they are most interested in is self-promotion. I appreciate what you are doing and applaud your efforts. Please stop paying attention to those who cannot see the need for all Americans to join together to stop rogue police officers, work to insure they are booted out of their jobs, and lack the ability to recognize that we’re all in this together. They can’t see that if we don’t work together, we will not make this a better nation and one in which our progeny will have a brighter future. I’m a retired teacher. I chose teaching as a profession because of a desire to help all kids have a better life, and I have no plan to change.

  20. Logic is not something these persons can lay claim to. If Dylann Roof’s terrorist attack was an “attack on Christianity,” it would make sense that he would not have planned an attack on a prominent, predominately black church. He could have chosen among hundreds of churches in Charleston, but he didn’t. He chose Emanuel AME because he knew he would most likely only encounter blacks worshiping there. Also, he would not have said he had to attack the members because “they were ‘destroying’ his country.” The seminal question which would define this as a true “attack on Christianity” would be, “Would Dylann Roof have said what he said if he had attacked a church with a predominantly white membership?” I don’t think so. Therefore, the only logical conclusion one could reach would be that Roof’s attack was about race, not religion/Christianity, especially since he allegedly identified himself as a Christian.

  21. Some adults can be like kids when it comes to accepting responsibility for their words/actions. Many on the right know that Fox News, right-leaning media outlets, pundits, politicians, radio entertainers, and they themselves have embraced and promoted racist beliefs. They also know they’ve done so willingly and have enjoyed it, but now that it’s time to own up to their role in the deaths of the nine members of Emanuel AME, they’re ducking, hiding, and deflecting blame away from themselves. What they don’t realize is that most of us know the source(s) that contributed to Dylann Roof taking his gun to Emanuel AME and committing an act of race-based terrorism. They only have to look in the mirror closest to them to see what we already see. I refuse to accept the excuse that they “didn’t know” this might happen. Although there may be some things they don’t understand, they do know, like most kids do, that actions have consequences. It’s time for them to man up.

  22. Well Arthur, let me ask you this. How do you know (100% know required) that the person(s) weren’t white shitkickers on the other end of the negative tweets? You’d flip out 5 times over if the real IP addresses and names they were registered to were exposed. Done my checking on other website postings but, hackings ill-eagle. I will say this, that little frog-eyed SOB that heads the GOP is the worst fake IP offender. Nuff said.

  23. I understand your frustration but also let’s be clear and NOT throw all blacks under the bus. There are many blacks in the community fighting the good fight. My fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi are regularly active in schools mentoring young black boys. Our sorority sisters from all over the country are doing the same with young girls. We don’t seek media attention we honor a simple pledge…I am my brother’s keeper! I wake up every morning listening to MJ hit “Man in Mirror”…cause I know that’s the only person I can change and hopefully as I walk in my change other’s may follow.

  24. @Arthur….so what a few folks blasted you online? Do they know you personally? Did they threatened you? Stop worrying about what others say and continue doing what you’re doing. See just like I don’t agree with anything Rush says I’m not going to fight to censor his ability to speak and thus I just speak louder. My point you offered YOUR opinion and a few folks didn’t agree…Life goes on!

    FYI- Why don’t you start your own blog so you have complete control of every comment received.

  25. It was an assault on religious liberty based on racism because the guy seemed to have wanted to send a message like “God Hates Blacks” which wouldn’t have worked at a bar or basketball court.

  26. Reverend E. W. Jackson: “There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views…”

    We don’t care about your religious views. We do care that you try to force us to live by them – reproductive rights, climate control, LGBT rights, etc. etc.

    How is this any different than ISIS? Keep your religion off of my government and off of my constitution!

  27. Rick Santorum: “This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before.”

    You’re an idiot Santorum!

  28. Dylann Roof was a right wing conservative CHRISTIAN, like most white supremists. If his motivation was hatred of Christians he could have stopped at any of the myriad churches he likely passed on his way to this BLACK church.

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