Dearest X, I humbly apologise for all the Christians in America,
You know I saw a quote from a guy (R) running for office again and I will preface this by saying I am not a Republican and also think the main motivation for his quote was self-serving as he basically left politics because he got cheating on his wife and just up and left his duties to go to a different country I believe to be with his fiance and now he is doing his best to do damage-control. But with that said I thought the quote itself was brilliant. He said something like:
"We shouldn't ever judge a man by the best day of his life or the worst day of his life but rather look at the totality of his actions"
I thought that was pretty profound. How often to we tend to demonize someone based on their lowest moment? Or make a hero out of someone based on an isolated incident? And definitely the former is done all the time. And i thought he was absolutely right.
What made me think of this now though is how often do people look to do this to justify bigotry of groups they don't like? It could be Christians or homosexuals or blacks or Americans or women or men or whatever but people will find the worst of the lot and then try to paint everyone with that same broad stroke. And yet they never find the best of the lot and paint with broad strokes. That is intentional IMO.
Does Christianity have some things in its past that nobody is proud of? Sure. But I was no more responsible for that than I was for America having slaves. Are there some people within the faith that act terrible? Of course. There are close to a couple hundred million Christians in America alone. There are going to be bad representatives But ultimately they represent themselves. Should atheists apologize for Stalin or Dahmer or Kim Jong?
I am not going to say too much more because I think deep down people know this isn't a valid argument. Everybody is responsible for their own actions and their actions do not reflect on anyone who had no foreknowledge of them and didn't condone them upon learning about them.