A year and a half after Jessica Ahlquist won her fight to secularize her school by having a Christian prayer banner removed she still faces hate and threats of violence from Christians. Obviously not all Christians are hateful assclowns, but the fact is that many of them are and it really shouldn’t be such a surprise.
Many Christians will talk about how Jesus was a peace and love kind of guy and how he talked about turning the other cheek and all that, but what these Christians ignore and the many Christians Tweeting Ahlquist have not, is that Jesus also talked about not coming to bring about peace, but coming with a sword. Jesus also talked about chopping off people’s hands and plucking out their eyes in order to save their souls. That brings me to the whole eternal torture thing. You really couldn’t ask for a worse example for non-violence than Jesus… except maybe his father.
Yeah, God is pretty bad ass. The amount of violence and hate in the Old Testament really has no rival. Hollywood loves to destroy famous landmarks and whole cities in films these days, but God drowned the planet killing everyone except one family. Cities burned, people turned to salt, women and children raped etc. If Christians really want to emulate God and Jesus, they have to step up their game than just spewing hate and threatening violence on Twitter.
My point is that we really shouldn’t be surprised that so many Christians are so hateful and violent. They worship a book that is all about hate and violence. It wasn’t that long ago that Christians were torturing atheists until we confessed in Jesus’s name. It wasn’t that long ago, that Christians were drowning suspected “witches.” Christians are to this day using violence against gays, women, and atheists and if you are all three, then you really have to be careful.
While I have no problem having an atheist bumper sticker on my car, I still am pretty careful about where and when I wear atheist shirts because of all the #ChristianLove I might expect to receive. I am not a big guy. Hell, I am not even an average sized guy. I’m actually a pretty small dude and I have two young kids. Wearing an atheist shirt might get me beaten to a bloody pulp… in Pennsylvania. I can’t even imagine what it might be like if I lived in Kansas or Mississippi. Judging by the reaction Jessica has received in Rhode Island, it is hard to imagine anywhere would be safe from Christian hate and violence.
So if peace-loving Christians really want to fix their image, they have some work to do. They can start by denouncing the hate and violence not just from other Christians, but from the Bible itself. They have to start speaking out against the actions and words of God and Jesus that promote such hate. Keep quoting the turn the other cheek part though. I kind of like that part, but you have to also denounce the hate too.
I’m not going to ask Christians to do what I am not willing to do myself though. I think Yoda was wrong when he attacked Sideous first. I think that was a big mistake on his part and although I consider Yoda to be the wisest of the Jedi, even he made an error in allowing his anger get the better of him. So yeah, I am totally denouncing his behavior there.
- Even Today, Jessica Ahlquist is Facing Condemnation for Her Successful Lawsuit (patheos.com)
- The Violent Imagery of The Crucifix (skepticink.com)
- Atheism 101: Hitler, Stalin, and Mao (examiner.com)
- 5 Best Books To De-Convert A Christian (skepticink.com)
- Belief Craziness Scale Quiz For Christians (skepticink.com)