Re: Rwandan Genocide was committed by Christians??Oct 28th, 2006
The Rwandan genocide was based mostly on race and class. Religion was not a major factor.
The underlying dynamics of this conflict are the same for most conflicts. Individuals of one identifiable group use hate and fear of another identifiable group to motivate one group to support/commit atrocities against the other group. The motivating factor of the manipulators is greed and lust for power. They will end up with the victim's wealth and fill the power vacuum.
Better examples of Christians killing others based on race/religion would be Orthodox Christian Serbs killing mostly Muslim Bosnians or Christian Nazis killing Jews.
www.nobeliefs.com/Hitler1.htm (external - login to view)
An example of Muslims killing Christians, would be the mostly Muslim Turks slaughtering the mostly Christian Armenians. But race/ethnicity was also an important factor.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_genocide (external - login to view)
Race, religion and class are just ways to differentiate one group from the other. Once the division is made, people are easily manipulated by fear and hate to support/commit war crimes and crimes against humanity.
People are just as vulnerable today to be manipulated by hate and fear. Look at all the anti-Muslim BS posted on this forum. A lot of people believe Muslims are inherently evil and bent on our destruction. That's what the Turks said about the Armenians, Nazis said about the Jews and Hutus said about the Tutsis. No doubt we are being primed for yet another holocaust.