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I’m not really a fan of things like this. Yes, it’s funny, and yes, Christians like that do exist. However, the generalization is still damaging to that population, and I don’t think it’s fair to do that in the sense that we are individuals that make a collective whole. We can’t let respect fall by the wayside because of ignorant individuals like those portrayed above. I’m not a fan of Christianity by any means, but I am a fan of a lot of Christians, and I love them. I wouldn’t want someone to write a comic about the Atheist community running around screaming and telling everyone their god doesn’t exist. At the end of the day it’s just as unfair.
We are all human, and we should give the respect that we wish to receive to those that have shown they deserve it. Always.
This is a topic that comes up to me all the time. I feel I might as well address it again in a way. Perhaps the more I update saying it I’ll get better at wording it in a way that I get less of these objections.
Yes, it is a generalization. I freely admit that and as anyone how followed my blog for a while knows I admit all the time that not all religious people are bad, not all religious people do these things, not all religious people are ignorant. The idea that this is damaging to that population though I think is misleading. What is more damaging to the population of Christians, the fact that I say these things about the crazy ones, or the fact that these crazy ones exist?
Christians love to point the finger at me as just trying to stir things up. Yes, exactly, that is what I am trying to do. People who are Christians stand a better chance of bringing about a change in the ways of thinking and ideals of people in their religion then an outsider does. That’s why I love the fact that I often have Christians who tell me they do agree with a lot of my ideas. The next step is to do something about it. I can tell a fundamental Christian all day how wrong they are for some of the things they do or say but chances are it will have far less impact than a Christian doing the same thing.
If you don’t like that there are people out there like this, then try and do something to change it. If you don’t want to or are unwilling or feel you’re incapable to do something to change it don’t get down on me for wanting to. If you admit there is a problem, if you admit it’s an issue then what are you trying to do to bring about any kind of change? If the answer is nothing then you have absolutely no room to criticize what I do or say on this page.
I respect many individual Christians. I don’t respect Christianity or religion as a whole. I don’t feel it is deserving of respect. If change was ever brought about and all of the many ills in religion were addressed and corrected perhaps I’d develop a little more respect for it. I absolutely hate that people try and tell me how I should respect religion well I have to listen to the most ignorant, vile, and despicable among them spew their idiocy everywhere. Trying to push it into my daily life where I don’t want it. Maybe if religious people could respect that, I’d respect them.