Thursday, September 09, 2010

The crazy hate brush

     If you blame an entire religion for the single incendiary act of a small, radical contingent of that faith, you might be   Terry Jones. Sadly, you might just as well be someone reacting to Jones by lumping the whole of Christians in with him and his ilk.
Pot, meet kettle.
     Once you take that step...once you say, "Look at what this one church is doing, aren't Christians awful?" you are putting your foot on the same road Jones once put his foot on. You are letting the lunatic fringe define an entire group of people, the vast majority of which are NOT hateful.
     I have a suggestion, a favour, I'd like to ask of my non Christian friends. Next time some bugnut crazy hateful Christian like Jones makes the news, try and stop yourself if your initial reaction is to paint all of us with the crazy hate brush. Bring to mind the Christians you know who are not like that, and say to yourself, "Not only are they as pissed as I am, they're quite mortified." Remember that making sweeping generalizations only breeds more division, which is the last thing humanity needs right now.

5 Comments:

At 2:04 PM, Blogger jen said...

I read a great article reminding people (esp. Christians) that are wanting to disassociate themselves from the crazy Florida hatemongering 'christians' (who really don't have any right to be calling themselves that imho). It encouraged everyone to learn a valuable lesson in all of this. The fundie Muslims and terrorist types are about as representative of regular Muslims as Jones is of regular Christians. Maybe some tolerance lessons will manifest from all this craziness...

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger gojirama said...

We can only hope.

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Lone Star Ma said...

I think the take-home message here is that fundamentalism is evil. In any form, any religion. It is something that all faiths should denounce.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger jen said...

Word.

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger Ray said...

Like the roses need the rain. Like the poet needs the pain. We can't live without sharing.thanks for your awesome blog.Best regards!

 

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