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  •  Perhaps you're the one who is taking this (0+ / 0-)

    personally. Someone made a blanket statement that is outright false, I poked at its falsity, someone else and I mused about said falsity based on our own experiences and associations. The problems in our country and the wider world don't get solved by embracing broad brush bullshit, no matter the nature of the bullshit. Nor are they solved by magical thinking, starting with the notion that liberal Christians are collectively responsible for and can somehow force a change in the thinking, lack of thinking, political power, funding, media access, beliefs, and behavior of RWNJ Christians. If we had that power, fucking well believe me this planet would long ago have been on its way to transcending poverty, tyranny, slavery, rape culture, war, and environmental devastation.

    Peace out.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 04:20:46 PM PDT

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    •  Damn straight I am taking this personally (0+ / 0-)

      I am female--I am a woman, with female relatives and friends, and I have DIRECTLY been affected by this mentality as both a civilian and as someone in the American military, by would be "Missionaries" hell bent on MAKING me adhere to their beliefs by any means necessary.


      Do you think I like it this way? Do you think that I am not uncomfortable having to even say the words at all, to bring it up?

      Part of the reason it pisses me off to such a degree, beyond my personal stake in this whole mess, is the profound feeling of disappointment.

      Christians assume, that because I am not one of them, that I don't know how things work. That I have never been to church or read the bible. So because they have convinced themselves that someone like me doesn't know the rules, that they can play the fool and I and others will be none-the-wiser.

      I need you.

      I need people like you to help me preserve Everyone's rights. I don't want to hate anyone or take anyone's rights away, but I am sick to death of being blamed for the social ills that plague every civilization.

      I am not standing up to these other Christians just to be a bitch. I am not angry for no good reason.

      Controlling my sex life and reproductive cycles isn't going to solve those problems.

      Making everyone pretend to be Christian isn't going to solve those problems.

      Making everyone pretend to not be GAY is not going to solve those problems.

      Blaming Atheists or Agnostics or religious minorities isn't going to make these problems go away.

      Shunning non-Christians isn't going to make our problems stop or disappear.

      Punishing and Shaming the poor isn't going to solve any problems but it will make more

      The only way to solve the problems that this country and the world face is to practice compassion, and forward thinking, And that cannot happen if you and I allow certain sects to keep harming minorities, the poor, and the environment.

      I am fighting every way I can, while adhering to the laws and trying to maintain some kind of moral and ethical center about it all.

      But there are not enough of people like me in this country, that holds a dominant cultural paradigm of Christianity, if people like you don't step forward and speak out as well. If you and people like you don't support the general freedoms of us all, then I should give up and buy a passport.

      That's why I am pissed off. I am not Anti-Christian--I just don't understand why anyone would make excuses for sectarian violence and religio-political hegemony that adheres to the likes of Pat Robertson with his diamond Mine, or John Haggee, or the late Jerry Falwell, or Phyllis Schafely or the old Coral Ridge Ministries, or that insane Name it and Claim it movement in their unholy alliance to the Dominionists.

      Why would any decent Christian stoop to protecting the likes of that, especially when we know what they would like to do to our Democratic Republic?

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:43:11 AM PDT

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