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Website urges Christians to ‘adopt a terrorist for prayer’

By Muriel Kane
Friday, February 25, 2011 21:01 EDT
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Founder says he’s considered adding eco-terrorists to his list “but the movement doesn’t threaten existentially our existence the same way the Islamic terrorists do.’”

A recent CNN story is drawing attention to the little-known Adopt-a-Terrorist website, which urges Christians to take literally the injunction to love their enemies in hopes of spiritually reforming them through prayer.

The group’s spokesman, Thomas Bruce, told CNN that his site has been offering its interactive adoption feature since 2009. So far, 603 people have registered to adopt a terrorist, with some names, like Osama bin Laden, drawing multiple sponsors. Another 165 names drawn from FBI and State Department listings are currently listed as open for adoption.

“We’ve been fighting this [war on terror] for about 10 years with material means, and it hasn’t really changed the nature of it,” Bruce told CNN. “By bringing spiritual perspective to it, and as the Lord answers some of those prayers, it could and should hopefully have a profound change on the viciousness of the conflict we’re in.”

As a further inducement to potential members, the site suggests that “associating with this movement marks you as one who is not afraid of either Satan or his minions. It raises your profile in the spiritual realm.”

It appears that the chief goal of the site is not to change the hearts of terrorists, however, but to turn them to Jesus. Sample prayers include such formulas as “Holy Spirit, relentlessly pursue Al Zawahiri to the depths of his hideout, that he may not escape your grace” and “Father, provide an environment to Jamal Ahmed in which he is free to confess and believe in Jesus as Lord openly” and “Jesus, may news of your free gift of eternal salvation reach the opened ears of Rahman Yasin.”

When CNN asked why all the terrorists listed had ties to Islam, Bruce replied that “while he’s considered adding Christian or even eco terrorists to the list, they ‘aren’t a big threat to national security, our way of life, or our freedom. We should pray for them too, but the movement doesn’t threaten existentially our existence the same way the Islamic terrorists do.’”

Bruce, who has degrees in geology and intercultural studies, obtained a degree in Christian ministray in 2004 from New Geneva Theological Seminary and served as a military chaplain in Iraq. He acknowledges that his idea has been subjected to mockery but insistes that “the ridicule comes from people who don’t believe that spiritual things are valid.”

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    ChristoFascists shouted with undisguised glee in support of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq (they may deny it now, but that’s EXACTLY what they did).

    … is there a website where we can “adopt” one of THESE pigs for some sort of special consideration ?

    Anybody know ?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Here we go, all those nuts need is more encouragement.

  • Johnny Warbucks
  • Anonymous

    i don’t know which is worse, islamics or xtians.. they’re all extremists and NUTS.

    ph’kem all

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Why isn’t this giving aid and comfort to America’s enemies? The right thinks people who pray five times a day facing Mecca are treasonous.

  • Anonymous

    I guarantee you if it were some democratic xtian who came up with this idea, they would definitely be under siege of Faux and Limpbulb.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    I took a look. One thing I found was “‘In the secret place doth he murder the innocent’ (Psalms 10:8). The ‘secret place’ is the womb of a mother. Definitely, the baby is an ‘innocent.’”

    That is some leap the writer takes there. Please someone show me where in Hebrew the mother’s womb is called the secret place.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    No kidding. Beck would condemn the whole denomination (as long as it wasn’t the Catholic Church or the Mormons) as praying for the caliphate.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    It was supposed to be a prank. That site used to be much more amusing. The biggest nuts on the internet used to gather there. Apparently, they got rid of the forums. Wonder why? Or maybe, the were all Raptured and we haven’t noticed yet.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    The guy in that picture reassembles Jesus. I wander if his pianist has been circumscribed? I’ll bet he’d make a fine prayer partner if you could keep him from wandering away across the lake.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Is there an Adopt a Christian program? I want one that fetches the newspaper.

  • Anonymous

    who gets to adopt dick cheney, most of these crazy ass reich wing christians beleive the last 30 years of double speak, citizens kill and blow people up to get rid of a government not friendly to us corporations = FREEDOM FIGHTERS, do the same thing to a government in bed with the usa=TERRORIST.

  • Anonymous

    WHO GETS TO ADOPT DICK CHENEY?? these crazy fucks buy the double speak, blow shit up, and kill people in a government not in bed with the usa=FREEDOM FIGHTER, do the same shit to a government that has sold its soul to us corporations=TERRORIST! WHAT COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT!

  • Taleisin

    “the ridicule comes from people who don’t believe that spiritual things are valid.”
    Well, I believe in spiritual things but I am ready to ridicule this man.

    I wish he would be more vocal about Jesus’ opposition to violence.
    Rather that praying to god to change the hearts of the people you starting warring against, maybe it is time America repented for it’s sins. This is delusion on top of delusion, and can only lead to more suffering.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    What are the three possible answers to prayer? Answer: YES NO and NOT NOW. The problem is I get the same results when I pray to my pet rock. Seriously how can Christians really expect the creator if there is one to alter his ” perfect plan” to suit the wishes of an admitted sinner? These people must have some ego.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    They are our version of the Taliban.

  • Anonymous

    . . . especially since all events are “predestined” AND known to God.

    A helluva conundrum, no ?

  • Anonymous

    Christians are a cult of terrorists. They are mentally lazy absolutists who manipulate through fear and intimidation for their own material gain. They make me sick.

  • Anonymous

    Good, can we adopt all the members of the Westboro Baptist Church? And can we also adopt all the “good Christians” who’ve been sprinkling powder into envelopes over the years and mailing a terrorist letter to liberal organizations and individuals?

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Amen, Sarge. So called Christians should come together several times to pray. Actually the Hugenots rejected all the daily prayers and were a 10% of the labor supporting 85% of GDP. Ergo, the Inquisitions. And consequently the economy failed and the Popey said let them skip prayers.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    RE-publican, thank you for making me perfect and odorfree ,not like these Muslims and I give you my permission to make these terrorists on my list summit to my wishes.AMEN oh and one more thing if you could please have them send me $30 a month I’m gonna need some more jet fuel for my next trip to the Holy Land Experience.

  • Anonymous

    I actually support this as much as you all feel a need to make fun. This is, unlike a lot of the measures to attack women, gays, or human rights, an example of what being a Christian means. They’re not waging war or being xenophobic. They are practicing non violence and as silly as it may seem, probably doing good. I have no religious background or beliefs but believe that goodwill goes a long way and praying is actually positively effective. It’s nothing to make fun of when this is a positive direction for these groups.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if we can adopt Dick Cheney?
    Were is the connection to christian? How about “self identified christians”.

  • Anonymous

    They have a great deal in common. Look at our right wing trying to make into law the religious belief that life begins at conception, and that gay marriage is a “sin”. Let them move to Iran where they can have their religious law.

  • Anonymous

    Aye.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    If Shirley adopts ANON will G-d know who she’s praying for?

  • Anonymous

    Start a website and call it: Fuck a christian!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Whatever else there is to say about this idea, at least these Christians are busy being Christians.

    Westboro Baptist, take note. We can admire these Christians, but we wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire covered in $100 bills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Now, now. Most Christians who aren’t on television are very nice people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Au contraire. I like it too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Remember that you’re probably reacting to a thin slice of Christianity, globally.

    If you were to call them, say, “Sarah Palin Christians,” that’d be accurate.

  • Anonymous

    The myopia never ends with these people. They are putting up hedge bets against their own behaviour.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t this be considered giving ‘aid and comfort’ to our enemies? He better be careful.

  • Anonymous

    A million dollar Drone does more Damage to Peace than a tax free prayer. But obviously prayer can lead to brainwash and control. I think that actually refusing to be deployed in the middle east does more than just praying about it. The motive behind the 9/11 attacks was to tell the U.S. to stop the military support of Israel. Why not just get the fuck out rather than $$bomb$$ ($4Corporations) and pray about it?
    What would Carl Sagan do?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FVVWWLPURAXP7HJS7CQXVKBTWM IanD

    I’m an atheist, but I don’t see the big deal here. If they want to pray for Terrorists let them, I hope it works, though, of course, being an atheist, I doubt it will, but again, no problem with it. People can pray for whoever they want.

  • Anonymous

    Religious acolytes have been invoking deities for thousands of years to fulfill their requests and for all those thousands of years have achieved completely random results. I believe staring at goats would be more productive.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Bruce, will you please adopt me and pay for my college education?

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