The Daily Herald ran a priceless headline, "FBI Arrests Christian Militia," over its copy & paste of the Associated Press story identifying arrested militia members as "Christian" and "Right-Wing."
I'm not quite sure what makes these particular militia-ists "Right-Wing" -- perhaps they favor cutting the federal budget, reducing marginal income-tax rates, or drilling in ANWR -- but the willingness of AP and The Daily Herald to label them as "Christian" reveals a transparent double standard that says more about the weasels in the news media, than it does about militiamen, Christian or otherwise.
When Muslim terrorists, open fire, torch cars, or blow up innocent civilians, while shouting "Allahu Akbar" AP routinely treats us to tortured euphemisms like "alleged gunmen," or "extremists," even though the perpetrators self-identify as adherents of Islam, quote from Islam's holy book, and are acknowledged as legitimate by vast numbers of Muslim leaders and followers. For some reason, AP, Rueters, and the news reports that parrot them, can't bring themselves to use the "M" Word.
But, AP has no such compunction when it comes to labeling militia wackos as "Christian." Certainly, these militia self-identify as Christians and quote from Christianity's holy book, but can any investigative reporter locate any significant support from Christian leaders and followers? Any prominent Christian to give credit to this militia's doctrines? To ask those questions is to answer them.