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8 September 2011 at 8:29:29 AM
salon

I've now seen this twice, so I assume that the complaint I'm about to describe is more prevalant. Here's how it goes:

Dear Liberal Friends: Please don't sneer at Christians. Millions are progressive. Don't Drive Them Over to the Dark Side.

The dark side, of course, being the Republican side.

The first problem with this is one of corporate media, which has conflated most christian denominations into one, and that one generally the nutty, right wing, over the top fundamentalists. The christian extremists make much better teevee than the moderate ones. Rail away at media if that's the root of the issue.

The second problem is that if millions are not actually part of this nut fundamentalist group (and of course they aren't, that group also includes Catholics, Mormons, as well as Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Anglicans, and the list goes on) then those that are not need to speak up and make sure those they come in contact with don't try to lump them with the nuts. That doesn't require being an evangelical but does require some speaking up and correction when religious conversations are being held.

The third problem is that no religion should expect hands off from being criticized or, as the writer put it *sneered at*. Christians, like any other group, and regardless of sect, do goofy, cruel, inane things as well as the good. The fundamentalists believe that the Bible is inerrant, which is not true. Also, chrstianity is, generally, a religion that hopes to attract followers because of the quality of their lives. If, instead, christianity is used as a bludgeon to justify selfishness or evil, it not only needs to be but *will* be called out. The corollary to this is why should there be free speech, including ridicule, about other topics, but not religion? If one's faith is so weak that ridicule drives one over *to the dark side*, that does that say about the values of that religion? In other words

I can't stand to hear you criticize my religion. I also will not defend it. Therefore, I'm going to change political parties to one that will accept religious people uncritically even though that parties values are extreme and selfish.

Republicans are not inclusive. The ones that the Republican party specifically touts and tries to attract are bigots. They whisper under their breath about Catholics, Mormons and even Methodists. They also don't respect other people's right to be in a non-christian religion. Witness Governor Rick Perry's The Response where the participants prayed for Jews to be converted.

If one's faith is that shallow that criticism causes one to go to *the dark side*, then maybe that person NEEDS to be a Republican. And isn't that person, with the "Liberal Friends" salutation, making the same generalization that he or she accuses Liberals of making, that is, that Liberals are sneering at Christians. It's a false logical argument.

But stop trying to adopt a hands off attitude from a party that attracts people who are thinkers, challengers, and questioners, and truly does try to be a *big tent* instead of a Club for Bigots

P.S. I happen to be an atheist and a liberal. I won't be a Republican because they are bigots.


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