Saturday, February 9, 2013

When "Anti-Christian" means "We aren't getting our way"

My writing here shouldn't be construed as saying that all Christians are anything like the ones who composed this list, It is simply a critique of the ridiculous presented below. 

I came across this today:

Top Ten Anti-Christian Acts of 2012

There is so much wrong with it I am having trouble finding a place to start.

Lets do a quote:  “The trends that our top ten list reveals are very disturbing. No one can deny the all-out attempt to restrict our Christian liberties and censor our Christian values,” said Dr. Gary Cass from “There does not appear to be any sign that this struggle is waning, rather it seems to be intensifying. We will be here to fight for our Christian faith and values.”

I agree with him 100% that the trends on that list are disturbing.  If this list is in any way representative of "Christian faith and values" then the church is really in trouble.  

Firstly, notice that all but two of the items on the list have to do with the anti-gay positions taken by some Christians, and not Christianity itself (We'll get to those later).  Of the two remaining, NEITHER OF THEM HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY!!!!

One of them is about an attack on some Obama-Care protesters.  I really like the built in assumptions in that one.  Obama-Care is part of the liberal agenda, the liberal agenda is anti-god.  Therefore the protesters must have been good Christians and the attacker was committing an anti-Christian act.  See here for more information, this article (which is from a very conservative / christian site, by the way) says nothing about the abortion mandate OR that the group was Christian (though I wouldn't doubt they were).  Though physical attacks are always a bad scene, there is just no evidence this one was religiously motivated.

The other one involves a teacher inviting a "Terrorist sympathizer" to give "pro- Islamic" lectures at a school.  Even if every word of this line item was true (which I seriously doubt) it STILL wouldn't constitute an anti-Christian act.  At worst it would be a terrible idea, and a pro- Islam act.  A pro- Islam act is NOT the same as an anti- Christian act, as if that really needed to be spelled out.  To be upset that children are being exposed to a religion other than yours is the height of hypocrisy, especially given some of the other items on this list.  If religious freedom means being able to share your views freely, this involves ALL religions, not just the dominant one.

As to the other eight, it just saddens me to think that restricting the human rights of same sex couples is so important as to almost entirely populate a list of "Anti-Christian" acts.  It reinforces the view that Fundamentalism is really about bigotry.  Many of these items don't have anything to do with Christianity either (see items 10, 9, 5, and 2) and it isn't even worth it to go through line by line.  Read the article if you want.

So the number one item is (drumroll please):
" 1. President Obama endorsed homosexual "marriage,” invoking Christ to try to justify his anti-Christ position. In his announcement, Obama said “...when [I] think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

A Christian, who also happens to be the leader of our country, speaking publicly about Jesus to millions of people.


Don't even get me started on the biblical assumptions underlying that statement.  Jesus never said a single word about homosexuality, don't ya know.

Officially, we live in a secular nation, not a Christian one.  Christians are the dominant religion here though, and exist in a position of privilege.  I don't see that position slipping any time soon, and yet still you find articles like this one, lamenting that the church is losing its power to oppress the disenfranchised.  How backwards is that from what Jesus came to do?  You have a religion that started with a man who came to love the oppressed and unlovables, and continued through terrible persecutions.  In some countries you can still be put in jail for your religious beliefs.  In Texas, salvation through Christ is being taught... in public schools!  Yet all of that is forgotten because some people think that all people have inherent dignity, regardless of who they love.

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