OK. Thanks for that.
My complaint s predominantly with the American form of Christianity, which is used like a weapon to divide and scapegoat various groups of people including atheists, teaches an extremely pessimist view of man and the world, and is also being used to undermine scientific education there.
This from yesterday is typical:
This guy is part of a concerted effort to dehumanize and marginalize atheist, and now proudly reports the results of his church's hate speech. Then look at his next post, where he equates the value of an atheist's life with a bug.
Did you hear Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blaming 9/11 on atheists? Did you see where the pope blamed the Holocaust on atheists? And the shootings of children in Connecticut? Atheists are being blamed for the decline of America. Yesterday, this guy equated rising danger with atheism; http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TOCO8TE...
I resent all of that, and the church that dispenses the responsible hate speech so freely. That tactic may have profited the church in the past - at our expense, of course. But we have a voice now, and don't really need to sit for it, especially with the church so vulnerable to criticism. We have the tools to fight back now - the Internet for one.
That's just typical, I heard about what was said about Atheists with the 9/11 incident, I was an Atheist then as is my brother and we got pretty worked up about it until we realised that, here at least, most people blamed the Muslims, they went through a pretty tough time here for quite a while, still do sometimes and it's terribly sad. The Holocaust? I think Christians seem to get blamed more for that one thanks to Hitler claiming to be a 'Devout Catholic' but I'm just getting a glimpse I guess. Yeah, I read what some 'Christians' have said about Adam Lanza being an Atheist, as Doc says it's "bullshirrt!" There was no mention of his beliefs, at least not on any news report I've seen in the last two days, and the month before that. I said once on another thread,'If that's a Christian I'm Tinkerbell', I was assured that indeed it was, but I like to see things for myself, so I went over to the Christian forum O_O
I don't blame you for wanting to fight back, I'm in a similar frame of mind in topix but for different reasons, like Aussie teen suicides caused by topix bullies, but I still try to set an example, both as a Christian and on how to stand up to bullies. I wish I could say something to comfort you but I don't know what to say, I'm shocked myself. I think 80% of topix posters are trolls and maybe that's something that can be put into perspective, but I don't really know yet.
Here's something that may give you a giggle;
Sheldon: Why are you crying?
Penny: Because I'm stupid!
Sheldon: That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.