The problem this creates for other Christians is that these people might as well be saying, "If you can find a valid reason to reject my bull, you must also reject all of Christianity. For my bull is so enmeshed with Christianity that the two can't be separated."
What's the bull?
If the list seems to run the gamut from racism to child sex, that's because it does. Since one "Christian" group doesn't embrace the same bull as all the others, Christianity is no more enmeshed with any of this bull than "American" is enmeshed with the bull embraced by various Americans.
So why do people keep trying to market this mixture as if it were a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup?
Those who have studied marketing know that bull goes down easier when the message is something like this, "I'm just a humble follower of God. This isn't my opinion, this belief comes from God. You do believe in God, don't you?"
Strip out the marketing spin and they would say, "This is God's bull, not mine. You are either with me or you are against God."
Yeah, and scammers who get rich by emptying people's bank accounts are just entrepreneurs. Would we take this statement seriously from a financial scammer: "Attack me and you are attacking democracy and supporting fascism"?
Opposing scams is not the same as opposing democracy and basic human freedoms.
Opposing bull and harmful actions that come from that bull which has been labeled as Christian is not the same as opposing Christianity.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (hat tip to Pandagon)
The Minneapolis Police Department has temporarily suspended the use of a well-known psychologist who has been screening potential officers for more than a year after community members questioned his affiliation with a group that opposes civil rights for gays.What the police are likely hoping to weed out in their applicants are those who will snap under pressure and either kill an unarmed civilian or who will easily bought off by drug dealers. If this psychologist, Michael A. Campion, is instead screening based on his personal criteria, whatever that criteria is, he's not doing the job he was hired to do.
The bottom line which those who oppose this suspension neglect to see is the city can't look the other way when it comes to their attention that someone may be causing them to violate the Equal Opportunity Employment Laws.
If this action must be seen as anti-Christian discrimination, then you must agree with Warren Jeffs since he considers the charges against him religious prosecution. Why else would any authorities take issue with the reports that he had sex with underage girls and facilitated other men doing the same?
(CNN) During the four years Jeffs has led the sect, the number of underage marriages, some involving girls as young as 13, escalated into the hundreds, church dissidents said. People expelled from the community said young men were sent away to avoid competition for brides. Older men were cast out and their wives and children were reassigned by Jeffs to new husbands and fathers, the former members said.It's got to be that hatred of all things Christian that makes anyone see any of this as criminal. Not.
Still smells like bull to me. And that wouldn't change if Christianity were replaced by another religion. Bull gets wrapped in many packages and gets imbraced by people grouped by every available label.
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