From: Steve Quarrella
To: Steve Bedard 05-Jul-93 02:08pm
Subject: The Second Cuming
SQ>>We have no problem with Jesus or Christians.
SB> What echo have you been reading?
This one. I've been here almost since the beginning, actually, and
it has been stated time and time again that most of us here have no
problem with Jesus (Just exactly WHO Jesus was, however, is a bit of
a problem) nor Christianity. On the other hand, many of Jesus' followers
(who are adherents to Christianity) commit atrocious acts "in his service",
and expect the rest of us to turn our heads to it. These acts include:
The demand that we all remain in the Dark Ages by ignoring current
scientific theories AND facts in lieu of religious superstition. It
is outrageous that many of us be expected to bow and scrape to the dicta
of an old book from the dawn of civilization.
The furthering of that demand by knee-jerk reactionary groups in their
attempts to remove scientific facts from our secular schools, to be
replaced by dated religious superstition. This includes teaching that
our Founding Fathers were 'good Christian men' by insisting that the
Pledge of Allegiance and our money contain references to "God", therefore
"It must be so".
The complete disobedience of the law by "Good Christians" who feel that
their superstitions are more important than a person's right to choose
what is best for them. To be specific, the abortion issue. Interestingly
enough, I find that a large portion of the "Good Christians" who are
violently "pro-life" support the death penalty. See my next paragraph.
The adherence to a double standard by said "Good Christians" where they
do not bear in mind "Vengeance is mine alone, sayeth the Lord" and taking
it upon themselves to condemn (or convict, in the case of Dr. Gunn) others.
"Judge not others, lest ye be judged." See a recent "Love" post from
Steve Champion for a good example.
The insistance that Christianity is a religion of love, while its
most vocal proponents would have homosexuals, blacks, and other minorities
relegated to the position of second-class citizens (or lepers) within
our society. "I hate the crime not the person who performs the crime"
is a serious cop-out. See a recent "Love" post from Steve Champion
for a good example.
The serious lack of tolerance by many branches of Christianity for other
religions, including subsets of their own. You, Mr. Bedard, are guilty
of this in your allegations that Mormons (for whom I have no love, in
case you wondered) are not "True Christians". Who cares?
Should I go on? This is why I and so many others want no part of you
and your hate religion. I can love as the next person loves, but I
don't need Jesus to do it.