Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why are Christians under attack?

Listen to most Christians right now and they will describe an environment where they are under attack. But are they really? The answer simply put is, yes. They are under attack. You can play semantics about how the attack is only on the ideology of actions of certain Christian groups. But in the end the overflow is splattering on everyone of faith.

It is important to note that they are not under attack due to their faith. They are under attack for their actions and sometime inaction. They are under attack because of what some of them do in the name of their faith. No one like broad generalizations, but they exist. Sometimes they exist because of staggering examples. I believe I can speak for most agno/atheist/skeptics when I say that we don't care what your faith is.

So why are Christians under attack? Mostly because of pushing their own agendas and sense of morality upon other faiths and lack thereof. Examples? Sure!

1. Attacks on Planned Parenthood.
2. The Tea Party/Conservatives.
3. Westboro Baptist and other fringe hate groups.
4. Attacks on NPR.
5. Wanting "In God We Trust" printed on anything not yours.
6. The attacks on Muslim communities.
7. Trying to overthrow Roe v. Wade.
8. Attacks and pickets of abortion clinics.
9. The Christian Coalition
10. Attacks of children by Catholic Priests, including massive cover up.
11. Attacks on gay marriage rights
12. Proselytizing and foreign ministries.
13. Insistence of abstinence only sex-ed.
14. 7 States still exist where atheists et al. cannot hold office.
15. Creationism.
16. Pick and choose support of a fairly immoral book.
17. Tax exempt status for churches.
18. Foray into politics by said tax exempt churches.
19. Attacks against intellectualism.
20. Attacks on the LGBT community.

I'll keep it at 20 for now and I only included items that are currently occurring and/or relevant.

This is why Christianity is being attacked as a whole. It is not a matter of "haves vs. have-nots" as I have seen pointed out before. It is a matter of equality, respect of other's rights and tolerance. Keep your faith, no one wants to take it away from you. No one really cares about what you believe in, as long as you pretty much keep it to yourself. It reminds me of a great quote and I wish I could find who originally said it. Here goes: "Religion is like a penis. It's fine to have one and it's fine to be proud of it, but please don't whip it out in public and start waving it around... and PLEASE don't try to shove it down my child's throat."

While I agree that Christians are under attack I do think that they have brought it upon themselves, multiple times over during our history. I know, not all Christians are like that and some are real hip and cool and smart and ya know, cool. Here is a cold fact for the hip/cool/apologetic Christians: You are being judged for the company you keep and the group that you associate with. You are being judged for your inaction in stopping these above attacks on everyone else. I get judged for the company I keep and the groups I join. If I joined the Nazi party or the KKK, would you not judge me? Yes you would, and you would be right to do so.

In parting, if it is indeed the time for tolerance of all and equality for all and not just those who belong to our group, then stop these attacks on others based on your beliefs. Stop the others in your faith from pushing their agendas and beliefs on others. Anything less will keep us divided.


1 comment:

  1. From @tammyn4as on twitter:
    I'm sorry if someone sharing their faith to keep others from going to hell offends some, but I am more offend by ones who claim to be of faith and do nothing! It's like saying I don't care if you go to hell!
    I did read it, a lot of things that you say are attacks on others are attacks on sin. Standing against sin is a good thing.