Conservative Christians Claim They Should be Able to Spew Hate Without Consequence: There are still those citing Scripture in defense of slavery, subjugation of women, and anti-Semitism. Right here in the United States.
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Oh Gods, I thought, not again. When Christians become a ‘hated minority’, an article by CNN writer John Blake, is like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
In the first place, Christians are far from being a minority in this country; a 2012 Pew poll shows 73 percent of Americans self-identify as Christian. In the second, they are first and foremost the ones doing the hating here.
Rejecting the Christian message, particular that part of the Christian message which is exclusionary and intolerant (which is quite a bit of it, including the entirety of the Old Testament) is not hate. If some Christians insist the Bible gives them the right to view the constructed Other with revulsion, they have no right to object to others viewing them the same way when they jump on the hate bandwagon.
I realize they feel they have exclusive access to some capital-T truth but they have to understand by now that many of us don’t agree with that assumption, and that we feel just as strongly about our beliefs, whether our beliefs include many deities or none. They may say their God gives them this right or that right but if their god does not exist, or if he is not my god or your god, that argument becomes somewhat less compelling.
Don’t try to tell them that, however. Blake writes that,
Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institutein Illinois, says Christians should be able to publicly say that God designed sex to take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.
Christians are able to say this and they do it all the time, whenever and wherever they want, leaving me to wonder what universe Litfin inhabits that he isn’t aware of this. It’s on TV, the radio, newspapers. The Internet is full of such pronouncements.
But we have an equal right to an opinion, last time I checked the First Amendment.
Litfin, nonsensically, I think, goes on to complain, “That isn’t so outrageous. Nobody is expressing hate toward homosexuals by saying that. Since when is disagreement the same as hate?”
Nobody? And “disagreement”? Is Litfin paying any attention at all to public discourse on this subject? It would seem not.
Here’s the thing that people need to realize: it is perfectly fine for Christians or any other religionists to disapprove of lifestyles, choices, and even sexual positions and persuasions. Nobody is asking them to marry a person of the same sex, after all. But I understand that their religion leads them to believe that their position should be quite clear and unequivocal. I get it. I do.
The thing is, if they are going to go out of their way to announce their disapproval to the rest of us, we have a perfect right to respond and to let them know what we think about that disapproval. We have a right to let them know how we feel about these issues. It isn’t as though people are walking around hating on Christians simply for being Christians, not when 2 out of every 3 people you see are themselves Christians! Far from it. Even as a religion in decline (78 percent of people self-identified as Christians in 2007), Christianity dominates our society still.
Folks need to learn that “religions freedom” and “freedom of speech” do not mean, “A special privilege that lets me say whatever I want without dissenting opinion, counterpoint, or social ramifications”.
In other words, if you go around saying stupid, hateful, bigoted shit, people can and will get pissed at you.
The thing about freedom of speech is that everyone else has just as much freedom as you do to tell you that you’re an asshole.