Sunday Sermon: Putting it in perspective

I take some digs at Christians in these little Sunday Sermons, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little perspective.

Christians can be ignorant, bigoted and laughably hypocritical, and they wield a scary amount of power and influence here in America and elsewhere, but they don’t generally go around trying to kill people just for blaspheming against their imaginary friend.

Sure, they’ll whine about a work of art that submerges a Jesus figurine in urine, or includes elephant dung in a depiction of the Virgin Mary, but whining is about all they do.

Muslims are a whole other ballgame, as the recent attack on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard demonstrates. However obnoxious Christians may be (and “pretty friggin’ obnoxious” is my estimate), it’s a lot worse in most places where Islam is the dominant religion. So if you live in a Christian culture, thank your lucky stars or whatever that the main threat they pose to your health is that you might bust a gut laughing at their idiocy — like Rick Warren calling it a “miracle” that parishioners coughed up money when asked (that’s called a “pledge drive,” Rick, not a miracle).

Note: The cartoons that caused all the controversy — including Westergaard’s, which is shown at right — can be seen here. I don’t think they’re especially good (even Westergaard’s), but the best way to respond to censorship attempts is to increase the profile of the thing being censored. So maybe click on the link to boost their hit counts or something.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bluejay on January 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Whining is about all that die-hard Christians do?

    Tell that to the family of George Tiller or any of the other families that have been affected by anti-abortion violence.

    Tell that to the family of Matthew Shepard or any of the other families of a long list of victims of anti-gay hate that’s often spurred on and justified by the religious condemnation of homosexuality.

    Most Christians and Muslims don’t kill. But extremist Christians have proven just as capable as extremist Muslims of murdering those who they feel offend their religion.


  2. Posted by brachinus on January 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I thought of that myself, but my point was that they don’t kill people simply for blasphemy. Tiller’s murderer imagined himself to be saving lives, and Shepard’s murderers were reacting to something that directly affected their tiny homophobic minds. Neither was killing someone merely because of a perceived affront to their deity of choice.

    But thanks for the comment. I didn’t mean to imply that Christians never kill for religious reasons, merely that blasphemy isn’t generally among them.


  3. Posted by Brian E on January 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    You should probably also qualify that statement (but they don’t generally go around trying to kill people just for blaspheming against their imaginary friend) with ‘within the last 150 years or so’.

    I think that’s a perspective that’s lost on the civilized world – while christianity may have finally evolved beyond senseless killings, it hasn’t been that long.


    • Posted by brachinus on January 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      Good point. I probably should have said we’re lucky to be born several centuries after Christianity went through the sort of phase Islam is going through now. Instead of seeing the Spanish Inquisition as a chilling symbol of present danger, we see it as a funny Monty Python reference.


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