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Thread #158668   Message #3754547
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Nov-15 - 12:04 AM
Thread Name: BS:Planned Parenthood Shooter-Christian Terrorist?
Subject: RE: BS:Planned Parenthood Shooter-Christian Terrorist?
# says: Times have changed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman . Whitman wasn't once called a terrorist back then. He was called a killer. I think sometimes that our thoughts are formed based on the vocabularies we choose from.


Many people in this thread are working hard to put a label on this guy. And the deal with labels, is that then it's considered OK to blame the crime on anyone who can get pinned with the same label.

Seems to me that if a person is working alone, he can be called a "killer," nothing more. If he is working as a representative an organization that hopes to accomplish a political goal with the crime, then he can be called a "terrorist."

The word "terrorist" gets thrown around too easily nowadays. As somebody pointed out above, that practice apparently began with George W. Bush.

The trouble is, if this guy were Muslim, the entire world would be calling him a "Muslim terrorist."

But it seems to me that if it's an individual not working on behalf of an organization, the term "terrorist" doesn't fit.

-Joe-