The War On Christianity Is Self-Inflicted Waged by 'Christians' Who Paint God as Hatful to Anyone Who isn't Them

war on christianityWhen I was kid, by the rule of my mother, I attended church every time the church-doors opened. It was one of those “holy-roller” churches where the pastor was a “fire & brimstone” preacher, always preaching how fearsome hell was going to be for us unless we all fell to our knees and begged God to forgive us of our sins. Very little was said about how wonderful Heaven would be; it was all about instilling the fear of hell in us sinners.

The church was a small one – maybe 35 to 50 members – where everyone knew everybody else. As such the preacher and good brothers & sisters all knew who was and wasn’t “saved”. Therefore the objective at the end of each service was to get the sinners down to the alter to be prayed over for salvation, which, at times, could result in an hour or more of prayer. Inevitably one or two sinners would be singled out as targets.

I was one of those targets more than once. My name would be called out by the preacher which signaled one or more of the elders to approach me and begin the fearmongering about how I didn’t want to go to hell. When I didn’t respond to their verbal urging, they would take me by the hand and all but drag me to the alter. In fact, if there was any resistance by me, the arm pulling began — literally.

As a result of these bullying tactics by the elders, I remember thinking more than once that I would never go to church again. But I didn’t have the say-so; Mama prevailed each time. But the point is that it was the good-ol’ born-again Christians who were driving me away.

Evidently I wasn’t the only person who highly resented the practice of “forced-salvation”; over the years I knew of several who suddenly stop attending church after becoming a victim of those “bound for heaven” good folks. In plain fact, it was the “Christians” who were driving people away from God. Now, some 60 years later, I am witnessing the same results albeit for a different reason.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard the Christian and conservative right declare that a war is being waged on Christianity by liberals and left-leaning Democrats. That’s about as much bullshit that can come out of anyone’s mouth. There is a war being waged on Christianity alright, but the war is from those claiming to be the victims.

I seem to have read something before that said the only opposition to Christians is due to their hatred, intolerance and oppression of anyone who doesn’t look like them, think like them and/or act like them. Note that’s it NOT CHRISTIANITY they’re opposed to — it those so-called “Christians” who are spewing the hatred and intolerance that Jesus himself preached against.

Unfortunately Christianity is becoming a victim; but it’s due to the Christians’ hatred — not liberals. Tell me – what sort of person in their right mind would want to become part of a society that has so much hatred and intolerance for others? Their attitude today is ‘other Americans have freedoms and rights just as I do — but only if they embrace the same things I cherish’.

They sound more like radical Muslims than a true Christian.

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Trump’s Disconnect With Those Outside One Percenter Circle – Video

trump foolGOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is the latest from the right to express their total disconnect from anyone outside the circle of the one percenters: “I didn’t know [comments on Hispanics] was going to be quite this severe. But I really knew it was going to be bad. You know, maybe I’m leading in polls, but this is certainly not good. I lose customers, I lose people.” What the hell did he expect?!? Did he think his rise in Republican polls as a result of his remarks represent the vast majority of Americans?

Had Trump not been living in his elite bunker of the wealthy, he’d have known not to be so offensive to hundreds of millions of people around the world. But in case he still doesn’t get it maybe this video – which even idiots like him should be able to understand – will clear things up for him.

 

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Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky


Did You Notice? Republicans and Racism?

Did you notice what’s actually happened in the past 48 hours relative to Republicans and racism?

GOP ShockBefore Monday, June 22, you could count on one hand the number of Republicans who would even insinuated racism and symbols of racism exist. Then, on Monday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina took the first plunge: She announced that her state would remove the Confederate Flag from the State Capital. Within hours Republicans were lining up in front of the cameras to admit that the flag had been turned into a symbol of racism.

WOW! Did they simply wake up from decades of self-induced comma’s or did they finally grow some kahunas? Probably a bit of both, but I mostly think Haley’s move was simply the spark that told them “our lies and denials just won’t work anymore“.



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Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky