Yesterday, I saw the following ridiculous image posted on Facebook:
And like obedient little subjects, thousands of people actually typed “Baaaaa!” (I mean, they typed “Amen!”) 😀 Seriously, though. Thousands of them. As though anyone has ever asked them to apologize for simply “being a christian,” rather than for their own behaviors and attitudes toward others. And this was my response:
I’m pretty sure no one has ever asked you to apologize for your personal beliefs. They simply want you to keep it to yourself, live in total peace and harmony with others, and keep your beliefs AWAY from our government and legal systems. Your christian “beliefs” are completely abstract and personal. They exist only inside your mind and heart. They apply only to you. Your religious faith is meant to be a completely personal experience that is intended to affect only your life — not the lives of others. I imagine that all christians “believe” that they live in peace and harmony with others, and that when people speak out against them… well, it must be an “unwarranted” act of hostility and; thus, we get people saying, “I won’t apologize for being a christian.” (Shaking my head.) Consider the following:
• Keep your religion to yourself: “Share” is not a belief — it is an action that involves other people. Thus, when you “share your faith” with non-believers and members of other faiths (i.e., proselytizing for your “god”), your faith is no longer peaceful, harmonious, personal, or abstract. Attempting to convince someone that they are immoral, lost, misguided, a “sinner,” and headed for an eternity in hell (unless, of course, they become like you), is not an abstract, peaceful, harmonious, loving, or personal thing. It is a church-ordered act of religious conquest. It is an overt action done to another person, and it almost universally affects others in a way that is unpleasant for them. When you “share the good news” with non-believers, it is not a kind or loving act, as you have been (mis)led to believe. It is one of the most highly offensive, personally insulting, and disrespectful things a “religious” person can do to another human being. Maybe that is why most who do, are met with hostility. (For the record, that practice was not begun in order to “save lost souls for christ.” It was really designed and intended to keep up church membership, which increases revenues and, thus, church power and control over the populace and influence within the community—not to mention a pretty good ego boost for the head of your church. It’s the world’s oldest pyramid scheme, and just because you are part of it, doesn’t mean anyone else wants to be.)
• Live in total peace and harmony with others: Stop judging others by your “god’s” standards. It is your god — not everyone’s. Using your “god’s” belief system as the standard for everyone else when deciding matters of morality and conduct is not peaceful or harmonious. It is judgmental, bigoted, narrow-minded, arrogant, insulting, and divisive. Additionally, if your religion requires that you discriminate against or oppress others (in any way), then your religion is not peaceful or harmonious. For example, women are fully equal to men in every respect, but the misogynistic christian god and its prophets and church leaders seem to feel otherwise. Women deserve all the same rights and privileges inside your church (and within society) as men do. To deny them that total equality in any way is oppression and discrimination. That is not peaceful or harmonious. Gays are fully equal to everyone else in every respect, but the bigoted christian god and its prophets and church leaders seem to feel otherwise. Gays deserve all the same rights and privileges inside your church (and within society) as everyone else does (though I can’t imagine why any gay person would even want to be a christian, since the very “god” upon whom the christian faith is based hates them and ordered that they be murdered). Either way, to deny gays total inclusion and equality in any way is oppression and discrimination. That is not peaceful or harmonious.
• Keep your beliefs AWAY from our government and legal systems: When you attempt to get people of your own religious belief system into elected office so that they can impose your “god’s” standards of morality and conduct onto everyone else (including non-believers and those of other faiths), your faith is no longer peaceful, harmonious, personal, or abstract. It becomes more like the Taliban. Yes. It. Does. Doing this is an overt act of religious conquest and power-grabbing that affects other people’s lives in very unpleasant and negative ways, and you will be confronted by rightfully angry, and loudly vocal people — in EXACTLY the same way that you would speak out angrily if you saw vast numbers of muslims taking over seats of government and enacting sharia laws that impacted your life and/or limited your freedoms. Yes. You. Would. To use the power of our governments (not your governments) to control others for your “god” (in ANY way) is not a peaceful or harmonious act. It is an act of aggression and oppression against others, and THAT is what people object to — not that you believe in your “god” in the quietness of your own heart.
“I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG