This post is not about complaining that somehow Christians are being ‘persecuted’ in a country that is 70% Christian, where Christians can freely worship, share their faith, put up advertisements, refuse service to people based on their faith, and even have their God on money! No, this post is about the opposite, how Christians (and other religious people) can be the most intolerant people you can find.
Of course I don’t want to use too large a generalization, there are many people, in fact, most people, who are religious and do not force their religion on people or discriminate non-Christians. However it is the odd outspoken religious apologetic that is the problem.
I have seen comments, videos, slideshows, images and websites all over the place complaining about how atheists are so ‘militant’ and ‘aggressive’, (more about that in a post in the future) but Christians were the ones who burnt, killed, hated on and discriminated against anyone who challenged their faith. Some people still teach that atheists are immoral monsters, however this is clearly false, and is a perfect show of intolerance.
Not to say that atheists are free of this either. Unfortunately there are many people of any and no religion who are extremely intolerant and impolite, but an atheist has never burnt a Christian at stake in the name of ‘no God’. Furthermore, Christianity itself uses the aggressive approach of ‘convert or suffer’, and it doesn’t help that there is an air of ‘Christians are superior to everyone else because they know the ‘truth” within the religious community.
Not to mention the whole attitude about it. Some still think that the US is a ‘Christian nation’ when it isn’t, and you get the sexist, homophobic preachers who try to prevent gay rights and enforce the Biblical idea that men are the superior gender. This is especially ironic considering religions like Islam and Christianity are said to spread peace and love! Gandhi once said this:
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
And this is a quote from Helen Keller: “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.”
I am not trying to rant about anything, I am just saying that Christians, as a whole, are no more tolerant than atheists, and that things would be a lot better if everyone lost this intolerance.
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