Theist. Why is it, I wondered, that she was using that term while discussing a Christian holiday, on a posting made by a Christian, and while talking to a Christian? Seems that an awful lot of people who become outraged by things like Christmas, the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, roadside crosses to mark fatal crash sites, and so on, rant about theists. Why do they do that, when they are clearly angered at displays of Christianity? Why not just come out and say they hate the religion that has sparked their outrage and disgust? Why not have the guts to just come out and say it? When I’m talking about 9/11, I don’t blame “theists” for the terrorist attack, after all.
It is also worth noting that when called on it, these people will say that they hate all people of faith (and state it like they deserve a medal for doing so). Really? That is not, in my experience, the case. “Theist” haters will come up with pictures of lions eating Christians and say they are funny, but where are the “funny” pictures of Jews being gassed and thrown into Nazi ovens, or Buddhist monks on fire? They’ll draw every blasphemous depiction of Christ they can imagine, but where are the allegedly humorous cartoons of Anne Frank being murdered, or Muslim women being stoned to death, or Tibetan Buddhist nuns being raped? If they actually do hate all theists, then shouldn’t these things be just as amusing to them as the crucifixion of Jesus?
So I made a stamp. Not a very special stamp, but there you go. We all suffer from selective outrage, I suppose, and this deviation is about that: in this case, the hatred liberals have for Christianity over all other religions, and their bizarre (cowardly?) penchant for denying it. I’ll preemptively say that fine, not all liberals hate Jesus, that some enlightened people really do despise all forms of faith, and so on. I’m not seeking confrontation in posting this, but as it was spawned from a confrontation caused by my defense of my faith, I suppose I should expect some. Again, .
If anybody actually wants to use this stamp, please do, but also tell me so I can give you a .
so much for anti-theists.
Oh, you half lied? Lol, it's useful sometimes. xD
That’s not a dumb question; I had to ask someone at work how to do it. Go to the right hand side of the page and look below where the details are shown about this piece, and you will see a box labeled Thumb. In that box is : thumb196162914 :, minus the spaces between the colons and the text between them. Copy and paste that information and you will get .
Last I heard, you had to be a paying member of the site to put thumbnails in comments, but you should be able to put them anywhere else.
Thanks for taking the time to give me some positive feedback, and stay strong in your faith.
Every time they find they're loosing a little bit of influence, Christians start complaining that they're being persecuted, even though their religion has influenced US domestic policy for over 200 years, sometimes to unconstitutional degrees. But you start taking away their power, power they shouldn't have had in the first place, and suddenly they act like you're killing their dog or something. American christans wouldn't know REAL persecution if it bit them in the ass.
Something important to note however is that there is still persecution of a sort, Christians are horribly stereotyped and people will apply these stereotypes to the nicer and more open-minded Christians. A lot Christians are bullied and are called homophobes right off the bat and are screamed at for forcing their beliefs on other when they haven't done anything like what. Not to mention Christians, like other religious folk, in the fields of science are often looked down upon and derided simply because of their faith.
I fully agree with your comment and I applaud you for saying it, I just want to point out that there is still persecution of Christians in the US. While it isn't any near as horrible as what happens to those poor Christians in other countries, it is just as wrong and it is the kind that the stamp is talking about: bullying and stereotyping.
With that being said, I feel like it should be up to the churches and other religious bodies should be allowed to decide who they will and will not marry. Marriage started with religion, it should stay there. Any and all tax breaks/hikes created by marriage should be cancelled, and if they really want to, the state level government can allow civil unions with the primary guidlines being that there can't be multiple ones attached to a single person of either gender (unless their planning on getting rid of polygamy laws) and if either member is suspected of abuse.
Secondly, I have no issues with Christianity and religion not being taught in schools. According to the Bible anyway (I don't know about other schools of thought,) it is the parent's responsibility to teach children how they should act anyway. What I take issue with is expelling a four year old because she prayed at lunch while allowing a Muslim child to carry a knife into school (that actually happened, look it up.) If you don't want religion in school, that's fine. What gets under my skin is allowing one to be raised to such a high (and somewhat falsified) standard, while all others are banished from even being discussed in school unless it's for the sake of gut punching said religion.
Lastly, do you want to know WHY Christian ideology has shaped domestic policy? It's because our Constitution is founded on it. Even the people who were fiercely against the very idea of God realized that the Bible provided a decent guideline on how not to dick over others while not letting the future government dick over the people (doesn't work very well if the government just ignores the Constitution, but C'est la vie.) THAT BEING SAID, I can safely say that I personally have not seen any of these cries of persecution in my life. Calls of being treated unfairly? Yes. But life isn't fair, it's about making your position known, having a reason for it, and standing your ground.
Aaaand, now that I've gotten people on just about every other side undoubtedly upset at me, I'm going to shut up now.
The church kept marriage licenses and mortician reports before then. If people are going to be buried on land owned by the church anyway, why not allow them to maintain it again? The Federal Government has its fingers in affairs that it was never intended to have them in. Our government was designed only to mediate in international affairs, protect our ability to live (e.g. make sure water and food isn't poisoned in some way or another,) and, in the occasional matter, dispense justice, but even that was only in extreme cases.
Going back to the whole tax cuts thing, did you know that under our Constitution, income tax is illegal? Yup, the only thing government was supposed to get its money from was export taxes and the like. Of course, our Founding Fathers never thought that the government would get so large, or create programs that relied on forcing people to pay for them to survive, like Medicare. Our Founding Fathers expected us to be charitable to one another, and it would've sorted itself out. Interesting fact about government programs, for every dollar private companies make, 70% of it goes to charity. Only 30% of that same dollar given to government actually goes to those programs that would help people. The American people are by and large the most charitable people on the planet. We cannot, however, afford to be charitable when our government taxes the ground beneath our feet, charges us twice to get food, and even takes a part of the money that we earned with the sweat off of our brow.
I think that people trying to censor religion is just as silly as trying to censor people like me, (I'd NEVER go full mouth-foaming rant on someone saying Merry Christmas to me, so stupid lol) so you do have a point. However people tend to badmouth Christians when they bash a belief system I think because people in that religion are unfortunate enough to be involved in the most popular religion at this time, so it's bound to be the scapegoat as annoying as it is. It's easy for people. Also I've noticed that there's a lot of Atheists (like moi) who have come from Christian backgrounds, so some of them tend to be bitter towards anything Christian (usually the new ones).
A lot Christians forget this and end up getting their dogmas mixed up. For me, my family, and my friends that share my belief Christmas isn't a Christian holiday, but the event we happen to be celebrating certainly is.
Btw, St. Patrick's day, Hanuhkkah, and Kwanzaa have been accepted as national holidays. Sadlt though, the latter two tend to get completely overshadowed by Christmas