Over at Brick Window, I read two posts that show rather grievous examples of the hubris of many religious believers. In the first post, the author explains how she lost a friend over the following quote by Dan Barker:
“I know what love is, and that’s why I can’t be a Christian. Love’s not self denial. Love’s not blood & suffering. Love’s not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love’s not a wrath consigning billions to eternal torture because they offended your ego or broke your rules. Love’s not obedience or submission. True love is respect, compassion & kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being.”
The friend referred to the above quote as hate speech. WTF! Are we reading the same words here? In explaining what love is, or at least should be, Dan offers a beautiful definition of love that I think we would all hope to aspire to in all of our relationships.
In the second post the author tells about how her daughter was being bothered by her ex-boyfriend at a Young Life group meeting. Young Life is an Christian ministry organization that offers places where teens can gather. The mother asked on Facebook if there were a Secular Student Alliance in her area. For this, she was unfreinded by the boyfriend’s mother who told her that she was “antagonistic and hostile toward religion.”.
Cognitive Dissonance obviously is at play here, but so too is an arrogance that comes with being a part of the majority; the supposedly “good and decent” people. What these examples show is that it is the believers here who are antagonistic and hostile. It is they who are spouting hate speech when they automatically label anyone who isn’t a believer as evil, depraved, and morally deficient for no other reason than that they don’t believe in god(s).
To hear people like this who are not only offended by what they see as “hateful speech”, but also have the gall to claim that they are being persecuted! Holy Fucking Zombie Jesus! Christians make up something like 80% – 87% of the people in the U.S (that is a guess based on a survey I saw sometime in the past year, so please don’t quote me on it). They have more political control than every other religious, political, and social group. Their beliefs and rituals are so ingrained in our culture that it would be impossible for that culture to survive intact if they were all removed.
There must be a word somewhere for what to call it people who have all the rights and privileges, but yet claim that they are being put upon and persecuted. I can think of a few (like motherfuckers, cocksuckers, and assholes), but I’m looking for an acceptable word, something that can be used in polite conversation or on news broadcasts. If anyone knows of such a word please leave it in the comments. I’ll also accept suggestions for new words to describe these people (and please, no new rearrangements of many of the various curse words that I know you are thinking about!)