Is there a “War on Christianity?”

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Once again, we are being bombarded with stories and complaints about the supposed “War on christianity.”  All over, there are stories of people using “religion-based” bigotry.  When called out on this bigotry, suddenly, they complain that they are the ones being persecuted.

For example:

Memories Pizza.  This is a family run business that very blatantly said that they wouldn’t cater to same-sex weddings due to their “beliefs.”  (First question:  What self-respecting gay couple would want their wedding catered by a pizza joint?)  When called out on their hatred, they closed their doors out of fear of “retribution from the hordes of angry gays.”  Somehow, they were able to raise almost a million dollars through crowd-funding!

Tom Delay:  “I have the RIGHT not to serve gay sinners, because they undermine my “religious liberty.”  His complaint is that the “Gay Agenda” is out to squash “religious liberty.”  Ummmmmm.  does he not take into account, or does he simply choose to ignore the incredibly large number of LGBT people of faith?

An article in a publication called “Right-Wing News” by a guy named Walter Todd Huston starts out with:  “We are seeing it nearly every day. lately – Christians in our own country being attacked by radicals. and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is exactly right when he says the Christians now need legal protection for their “Religious Expression.”  In the article, he does a fairly good job of standing up for Jindal’s “defense if his state’s RFRA, but ends the piece with this gem:  “The Left’s goal is to outlaw Christianity, and they intend to do it through misusing our own laws against us.  Liberals want freedom for everyone…unless you are a Christian.”

True, I am an atheist, but I was raised in a christian family.  In fact, I held on to my faith into my late forties.  most of my family still clings to their belief, and I have some dear friends who are staunch and TRUE christians.  I’m not a idiot when it comes to knowing what christianity is supposed to be about.  What I do know is this.  Anyone who feels the need to use their faith as a weapon against ANT other person, is NOT a true christian.  You’ve take what you were taught by the person you pretend to worship, and you’ve perverted it to your own warped translation.  The :Christ” I was taught about, as a child, was a man of love, forgiveness, redemption.  Not hate, discrimination, anger.  He never said that you should force your will on anyone.  In fact, he said quite the opposite.  “If anyone will not welcome you, or hear your words, then leave that home, or twon, and shake the dust off your feet.”  Matthew 10:14

But let’s get to the “real” story here, that of this so-called “war on christianity.”  Let’s take a quick peak back through history.

The Crusades:  How many were killed by “good” christian knights simply for being born in a muslim country, and for trying to keep what they considered  THEIR Holy City out of the hands of “infidels?”  True, they fought back, and killed off countless crusaders, but, what do you expect?

The Inquisition(s):  This is a great one!  Millions, yes millions, tortured and killed while being forced to accept the “supremacy” of the church.  Forced into conversion at the point of the sword. Even after conversion, many were still “executed.”  Yup.  That’s real godly love for ya!

The first explorers of the new world.  Columbus in the Caribbean, Cortez in Mexico and Central America, the list goes on.  All used the bible to justify subjugation and murder.  In some cases, entire cultures were wiped out.

We can go through slaver, the subjugation of women, Adolph Hitler’s “I believe today, that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the almighty creator.”

But lets move ahead to what’s been called the “Civil Rights Movement of our Generation.”

This is a fight that’s been coming since the dawn of religion.  The Gay Rights Movement.  For millenia, LGBT people have been belittled, (at best) down trodden, beaten, and (at worst) murdered, simply because they were born differently from religious norms.  For most of that time, it has gone on without resistance.  Over the past few decades, a few brave souls have risen up and said “Enough.”  These heroes were followed by a growing number of people who found strength by their example.  Add in our allies, and now we’re a force to be reckoned with.  There are enough LGBT activists, that we are noticed on the world’s political stage.  Hell, when the President of the USA speaks in a positive light about you in his inauguration speech, you KNOW you’ve grown up!  In my opinion, this scares the hell out of the people who’ve been walking all over the LGBT community for ever.  More and more, we’re hearing from some more inclusive and progressive religious leaders that homosexuality is NOT a thing to be despised. We also know that the few bible verses used by right-wing religious nuts are fundamentally flawed in their translation.  But they continue to tenaciously cling to them and use them as weapons.

Now that the LGBT community is actually going toe-to-toe with the religious right, they’ve suddenly had to become defensive.  Their new rallying cry is”  “They’re using their ‘Gay Agenda’ to step on my ‘religious freedoms’.”  Grow up, it’s not happening. You still have your “freedom of religion, and I still have my “freedom FROM religion.”  Fortunately, the laws in North America are based on something call the Constitution, and not the bible.  In both Canada, and the USA, we are guaranteed HUMAN Rights.  ALL people have the right freely, openly, and in celebration of whatever defines us.

There you have it.  There is no “War on christianity.”  It’s not real, it never was.  If there is a war on anything, it’s a war on hatred, anger and discrimination, whether religiously-based or not.   Having said that, if your version of christianity  includes hatred, bigotry and discrimination, then I, for one, am a very willing soldier in the war on you!

Ken

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