This is a quote from Allen Watt.  One of the best speakers about religion on NPR.  If you don't believe me just read the book of Leviticus.  

Fundamentalist Christians raciest are the most none Christlike people in America.  I have been an Atheist since I was very young  but I have read the bible from front to back.  It is full of a lot of ideology similar to the Muslim Bible.  Stoning people, selling you children, not going near a woman who is having her cycle.

The only redeeming thing in it is Christ's teaching.  Love you neighbor, do unto others as you would want them to do to you.

How can Christians be so fucking hateful?    

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To a Christian, a lot of what I say about anything is blasphemy.

Hey, it's his book.  There's nothing wrong with defacing or burning your own personal copy of a book.  Historically, book burning has consisted of authorities rounding up as many copies of a book as they can in an attempt to control distribution of ideas.  That's the sin.


Someone mentioned cherry-picking.  The greatest example of that is the religious right's obsession with abortion, which is never mentioned in the Bible.  But somehow they know God hates it.  The Bible does condemn homosexuality, though Jesus says nothing about it.  As for food, when the Pharisees criticize Jesus for not washing his hands before eating, he calls them hypocrites because washing one's hands is a tradition of the Elders, not a law from God.  He then states that what goes into a man does not defile, but what comes out.  The narrator interprets this as "Thus, he made all foods clean."  This event takes place just a few verses after Jesus has said that the law will not change until heaven and earth have passed away.  I have heard Christian leaders say that the law of the Old Testament applies except the parts that Jesus overrules.  Funny that they still support the death penalty.  In Matthew 5:37, Jesus says "You have been told an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," but in the next verse he says "But I say unto you that if a man strike you on one cheek, turn to him the other."  Weird.

Are you sure he wasn't joking.
I grew up in a Souther Baptist family. I stopped believing when I was 6 or 7. It would have been an awful mess if I had told my parents at that age, I grew up as a child with 2 great secrets and it had a very negative effect on my youth. I was both Gay and a Atheist. God it was a lonely childhood.
Because their belief system is based on completely created mumblings from Bronze age goat herders. There was no knowlege, no education and absolutely no idea what the answers were to the 'big' questions. The purveyors of the abrahamic religions went to town. They knew they were dealing with peoples uncertainties and innocent idiocy, when the development of the idea of an after life, a totally un-provable proposition without a modicum of proof, became the winning concept. But one wasn't enough. they came up with three totally incompatable versions. They are all scarred with bigotry and hatred, hatred of the opposing belief systems, for some reason Pork and other wierd and just plain ridiculous concepts. But hey, it seems to have worked. We've been encumbured with this rot for thousands of years. Because it's been around a while and is followed by lots of (deluded) people, it enjoys a credibility way out of place with its reality. Hatred and bigotry give the cleric class a way to frighten and control their 'flock' (of sheep) and that's what they really need to enable to con to continue.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that most religious leaders do believe what they're preaching.  Or else they think that, as Paul said, lying in order to save a soul is ok.  Their followers are brainwashed or stupid or some combination of the two.  Pat Robertson claims he can leg press 2,000 pounds, and I've seen the video of him doing it without even straining.  Except I know it can't be done because the world record, set by someone in his prime rather than a frail looking 76-year-old, is around 1400, so Robertson and the two assistants in the video are all lying.  Yet a lot of Christians believe it.  Just another miracle.
They use the excuse that the new testament says the old laws must also be observed and shall not pass until the end of days. That's how they justify that they are peaceful by claiming love thy neighbor but can also claim that god hates fags.
And yet you still see 'em all the time at Red Lobster. Tich!

Cherry-picking is cherry-picking.
The old laws are observed except for: the ones Jesus changed (dietary); the ones the disciples changed (circumcision); the ones that hit too close to home (death for adultery); the ones that get in the way of making money (death for working on the Sabbath); the ones that are just stupid (mixing wool and linen in one fabric is an abomination); the ones that are just yucky (sacrificing doves and whatnot); and the ones they don't know about (these run into the hundreds).  The rest of them are eternal and must be obeyed, or else God will destroy America.  They only follow the laws that support their feelings, and sometimes they make one up because God forgot to.  How dare anyone call this cherry-picking?  It's God's word.
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Extremists don't need religion to spew their hatred . . . but it provides a ready-made excuse for those so inclined. By and large, modern Christians have rejected racism, slavery and the subjugation of women. There are notable exceptions, of course, but Christianity is hugely reformed compared to the pre-Enlightenment era. Islam, however, is still virtually unreformed and is a haven for extremists.

My brother's (John's) ex-wife and in-laws were "devout" Christians: their homes were monuments to Christ. But they were unabashedly racist (originally from Georgia). They didn't call black people "negros" or "niggers" -- they called them "nigras" (with a southern twang). The word (and the way they said it) dripped with the bile of bigotry.

One Halloween, they were throwing a costume party and my parents were trying to decide how they should dress up. I suggested they go in black face (like Al Jolson) . . . they would be the hit of the party while simultaneously mocking their so-called Christian hosts. They decided that would be too bold but we had a hearty laugh at the idea anyway.

It wasn't long after that Halloween when I happened to be with these in-laws at my father's house. The father-in-law (Fred) cracked a racist joke and I replied by saying, "Fred, you know John and I are half Japanese and that makes me wonder how you decide which race to draw the line at."

Conversations stopped and everybody stared at me. But I was fed up. "It's a fair question!" I said, "How do you feel about half-breed Japanese people, Fred? Do you call us Japs behind our backs?"

My father came to his defense on the basis that Fred was a guest in his house. I stormed out, more angry with myself for ruining the family get-together, than for not finding support for my outburst. Afterwards, my father said Fred had it coming but that I had chosen too public a moment.

At least I never heard another racist remark from the in-laws.
Most Christians believe the Bible is the TRUE word of God. I don'y get it how they can pick and choose the part they like. You either believe the bible or you don't. You have to take it all if you are honest,



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