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Stop Attacking "Theists" Stamp by JamesE82 Stop Attacking "Theists" Stamp by JamesE82
So there I was, minding my own business, trying to hold to the pledge to keep political discourse to a minimum for a while, when out of the blue I receive a comment from a woman who was, um… unhappy is how I’ll put it. She was unhappy, and being… oh, how shall I put this… difficult. Yes, that is the most polite way to say it; she was being a difficult woman, who was unhappy at me. She was unhappy and felt the need to be difficult because of comments I made two months ago on someone else’s page, where I showed my support for the page owner’s posting of a pro-Christmas picture. A pro-Christmas picture in December, it seems, made this difficult woman unhappy, and she felt the need to let me know about it. While doing so she did what liberals usually do, which is to assume they know Christianity better than Christians do, accuse me of having the negative qualities that she herself was displaying, deny that America was founded on Christian principles, etc. There was nothing new in her outrage that my support of Christmas caused in her, and I considered showing her comment the attention it deserved by not responding, but one particular word she used got me thinking…

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. :confused:

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?

:shrug: 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, :shrug:.

If anybody actually wants to use this stamp, please do, but also tell me so I can give you a :highfive:.
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MetallicGirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Writer
I feel really dumb for saying this, but I would use it except I still haven't figured out how to put stamps on my page (if anybody knows please tell me)! I wish my religion didn't have to be hated because of things some radical Christians do, ignoring those "normal" believers.
JamesE82 Featured By Owner 6 days ago

That’s not a dumb question; I had to ask someone at work how to do it. =D 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 Stop Attacking "Theists" Stamp by JamesE82 .

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. :thumbsup:

Thanks for taking the time to give me some positive feedback, and stay strong in your faith.

MetallicGirl Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Writer
Aww thank you :) I figured out how to do it, actually, I have like 100 stamps on my page now :roll: and I actually am a paying member, so it doesn't really matter. Now I can put this stamp in my collection, too.
ChakatBlackstar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Is there a stamp for Christian's persecution complex?
Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
^ This
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, what we need is a "people being blind to Christian persecution" stamp
ChakatBlackstar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Oh there's christian persecution...just not in the US, or most civilized countries. American Christians tend to jump at the slightest thing. "Oh no, gays are getting married and that's persecution against us" or "oh no, we can't put up the ten commandments in city hall and that means we're being persecuted!"

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.
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very true, a lot of idiot Christians like to abuse the first amendment and try to force the Bible into schools and other places where it should not be forced into. I am a Christian and I don't think the Bible should be taught in schools and I am happy to support gay marriage (as long as the love between the couple is sincere).

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.
Silversepiroth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I would like to preface my point by saying that I am a Libertarian Christian.

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.
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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