“Anti-Christian Bigotry”? Exsqueeze me?!

In case you haven’t yet heard, the Christian Anti-Defamation League (now there’s a group of people with too much time on their hands) put out a list of the “top ten incidents of anti-Christian defamation, bigotry and discrimination in the US” from the year 2009.  With a description like that, you know there’s going to be a hearty serving of bullshit.  At least that’s what I thought, anyway.

After one look at the list, I wasn’t disappointed.  Here’s the list, in their own words:

10. Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland, CA was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech.

9. Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville, Illinois.

8. HBO’s program “Curb Your Enthusiasm” aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.

7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama’s presidential inaugural events by “Bishop” Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.

5. Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter’s high school for showing the truth about abortion.

4. An activist judge ordered a home school mom in New Hampshire to stop home schooling her daughter because the little girl “reflected too strongly” her mother’s Christian faith.

3. The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate” that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists.

2. President Obama’s appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the “safe school czar;” pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Seblius made Secretary of Human and Health Services, and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.

As you can see (and may have already guessed), most of these have something to do with homosexuality or abortion.  I smelled BS from the get-go, and upon further investigation, almost every single one of these is complete crap.  I was going to write a scathing critique of this list, but dammit if two other bloggers (Classically Liberal and Ethical Hedonist) already beat me to it.

So no full-length rebuttal from me.  But here are a few items of note:

8. HBO’s program “Curb Your Enthusiasm” aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.

I saw this episode.  It was hilarious, yes, but not offensive.  Believe me, I know offensive.  First of all, Larry David did not urinate on a picture of Jesus.  A droplet of piss landing on an object near the toilet can’t really be considered “urinating on” that object, can it?  Second, HBO has nothing to apologize about.  No one needs to apologize for art; and if I’m wrong, then someone needs to apologize to me for this piece of shit.  Besides, at the risk of repeating myself, there’s nothing to apologize for.  Because in context, this scene doesn’t match any acceptable definition of defamation, bigotry, or discrimination in any way.

7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama’s presidential inaugural events by “Bishop” Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

Actually, what I remember about Obama’s inauguration was the invocation by Rick Warren–the pastor of the Saddleback mega-church who is pretty open about his opposition to homosexual marriage.  But that’s not the point.  The act of including everyone is the opposite of discrimination.  You’d think that a group with Anti-Defamation in their name would know that, but apparently not.

6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.

I hate to be that annoying voice that constantly demands proof, but there is absolutely no trace of this story anywhere.  At least not on the internet.  Not one website provides even a link to a credible news source.  This reeks to me of one of those bullshit religious e-mails that get passed around church communities.  You know… the ones about people praying at high school football games, or the ones claiming that Einstein believed in God.  Look, CADL, I know you’re Bible-people, so I already expect your fact-checking skills to be lacking, but is it too much to ask for a little proof from the “official” top ten instances of anti-Christian defamation?

Anyone? Bueller?*

* Little Known Fact: any time someone makes a Ben Stein reference, an Intelligent Design proponent gets his wings.  It’s true.  Read your bible, people.

1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.

Wow.  You’ve got to have chrome-plated balls to be against a hate crimes bill.  That said, there is nothing in this bill that would suggest that ministers could be investigated for talking about homosexuality.  None.  Go, read it for yourself.  Tell me if I’m lying.

The saddest part about all this is that an organization with “Anti-Defamation” in its name has the gall to release a list of ten “incidents of anti-Christian defamation, bigotry, and discrimination,” but doesn’t even know what the fuck those words mean.  Seriously.  This list pisses me off on so many levels, that I can’t even talk about it anymore.

I’m going to go lie down.

But first, I have to piss.  Where’s the nearest picture of Jesus…

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