Sometimes I realize I’ve been lied to: Revisiting narratives we tell ourselves about terrorism + extremism

Do you ever still feel a nauseating shock when you realize you’ve been lied to? I know many of us have expressed feeling this when we got out of homeschool-ville and fundamentalist Christianity in one way or another.

I visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial on my way to Texas a little over a week ago. I remember it on the news, but I was only 5 years old. So I started watching documentaries about it.

And you know what? Timothy McVeigh was an extreme right-wing guy in contact with a cult called the Covenant Sword and Arm of the Lord and Elohim City, who had planned to blow the building before in 1985.

I’m sure the churches I grew up in would say he is not a “real Christian,” but then they’d act like every Muslim is automatically a terrorist.

…And this bothers me. A lot.

It makes me sick that I was taught to view the world in a particular way… and it wasn’t true. I want to see the world for what it IS, not what people tell me it is.

It’s sort of like in the Hunger Games when Haymitch tells Katniss, “Remember who the real enemy is,” because we are that easily redirected.

And I’m tired of everyone pretending that the bad people aren’t really one of us. Not a genuine member of the group. Because then we might question, we might see that the group… isn’t always perfect.

And they don’t like questions.

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