I try not to pay attention; I really do. Unfortunately, the volume of righteous indignation emanating from Christians because of the recent SCOTUS decision is such that it occasionally spills over the barricades I erect against stupidity, hatefulness, hypocrisy, and just plain lack of common sense and decency.
Here’s my view of Christians reacting to the news that yes, unbeknown to them, this is a land of (mostly) equal rights.
“Oh, woe is us!”
I have been planning this post for a few days now, jotting down ideas, refining my talking points, and struggling to keep anger, derision, and contempt from my words.
But, you know what?
These guys . . .
. . . are not going to listen to me, read my stuff, or pay me any mind.
Even a few people in my own family, people who should read and try to broaden their understanding of complex and important issues, will have nothing to do with it.
It’s not worth my time and energy . . . except I can’t just ignore the fact that even as Christians criticise Muslims’s desire for Sharia Law they would like nothing better than to impose the equivalent of it here in the good ole US of A.
Of course, it’s OK because it would be based on their own “good book”, not the other “good book”.
I’ve caught a few Fox News notables doing contortions as they, straight-faced, grill some Muslim or other about their “poor treatment of gays” just before railing against the “progressives” assaulting our values by advocating said gays should have the same rights as everyone else.
I’ve caught Republican candidates (some multiple dozens of them) speak of the assault on “our values” and “traditional marriage.”
This from people who, as a group, have a higher divorce rate than secular people.
Some comments seem positively insane, and I struggled to make sense of them:
I did some research . . . I concluded Huckabee thinks he’s living a hundred years ago.
As a side note, one of the biggest blowhards at Fox News posed the question “why did Republicans lose the last two presidential elections?” His self-arrived answer was basically a chastisement of Republicans who dared vote against their party. Never did he even come close to asking “why” anyone would vote against the candidates of their own party. The answer, Bill, is that Republican candidates come across as hateful people willing to readily throw the Constitution under the proverbial bus. Ponder on that for a while.
If you are a Christian supporting “traditional” marriage as defined in the Bible, this next video should be informative; it explains exactly what that means and how it continues to change . . . and tells you that perhaps you should actually read the Bible as opposed to just holding it up whenever you want to throw a hissy-fit.
But, I’m catching myself throwing my own words around . . . Let me stop that and turn the podium over to Benjamin Dixon.
He speaks about the subject of gay marriage and gay rights HERE and HERE, and does so very eloquently, and not only that, he does it from a more advantageous position than I can. I have never, for as long as I remember, put any stock on the idea of religion having any right to tell me how I should behave and what I can and cannot do. Benjamin, on the other hand, was and preached as a minister.
He also touches and does so very well, on another pet peeve of mine . . . the narrative being pushed by many of the religious that they are being persecuted. You can, and should, read about that HERE.
Honest, I despair for humanity whenever I hear Christians (or any religious person) bemoan how they are made to suffer because they are required to afford others the same rights they claim for themselves.
By the way, Benjamin touches on other social issues as well, such as abortion. Again, Christians get a lot of abortions.
“Ah,” some Christians say, “them are not ‘real’ Christians.”
It’s been my observation all Christians are “real Christians” until it benefits them not to be.
. . . it don’t speak highly for them of their faith . . .
By the way, Benjamin wrote a book; God is not a Republican. In it, he dissects the evolved relationship between the Political Right and Evangelicals and pointing out the many pitfalls therein.
And, if interested in what else this man has to say, click HERE and peruse his various articles.
Don’t do it because I said you ought to; do it because you have a genuine interest in the reasoning of others, regardless if they agree with you or not.
Do it because if you are a Christian you owe it to yourself to answer a very important question; can I still reason or have I lost all rationality and capacity for independent thought?
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