Here’s an article written by ex-Pastor Bruce Gerencser, explaining what I’ve said over and over again to people who’ve accused me of “attacking Christians” or having some kind of hard-on for criticizing only Christianity as opposed to directing my criticism to all faiths equally. He’s responding to the question: If Christianity Doesn’t Matter Why Do You Bother With It? Here’s what he says:
On one hand Christianity doesn’t matter. The Bible doesn’t matter. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God, the Church….it all simply doesn’t matter.
If you want to worship the Christian God….I am fine with it. I subscribe to the “live and let live” school of thought. Each to their own. May Jesus be with you. May the force be with you. May nothing be with you. I don’t care.
I do care about the influence Christianity has on our culture and government. I do care about the damage done to society in the name of the Christian God. I do care when people are hurt, and sometimes destroyed in the name of the Christian God.
When Christians want to make our country into a theocracy….It matters.
When Christians want their religion to have preference over any and all others…..It matters.
When Christians demand that atheists and agnostics be treated as Satan’s pawns….It matters.
When Christians attempt to teach religious dogma as scientific fact in our public schools….It matters.
When Christians attempt to force their religious moral code on everyone….It matters.
When Christians attempt to stand in the way of my pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness….It matters.
When Christians abuse and molest children in the name of their God….It matters.
When Christians wage war thousands of miles away in the name of their God….It matters.
When Christians mentally abuse people….It matters.
When Christian expect preferential treatment because of their God….It matters.
As long as Christians continue to force themselves on others and as long as they attack and demean anyone who is not a Christian….It matters.
As long as pastors and Churches get preferential tax code treatment….It matters.
As to whom you worship and where? It doesn’t matter.
As to what sacred text you use? It doesn’t matter.
I want every Christian to have the absolute freedom to worship their God.
I want that same freedom to NOT worship any God or another God….
And as long as that courtesy is not extended to me, to every human being on the earth….
Well said, Bruce. A tip o’ the hat to you, sir.