Thursday, 23 June 2016

US radical christianity in full flight after Pulse shootings


Some of the preachers have even shocked me, which is pretty hard to do darlings. The one recently praying for the death of those struggling for life in the ICU was very confronting. Honestly, what is going through the heads of these people? The pastor involved announce that "the bible says" we're all paedophiles. Again, where is someone's head at to see paedophiles where they don't exist?

As I've posted about here on this blog, it has been not just the odd one or two exceptions, but a conga line of christian hate. Sadly, I'd guess that these are just the most vocal ones, and there's many many more in their churches and fellow ministers who think exactly the same thing but haven't the gall to preach it to the world on YouTube.

There has been shock. People in the general community are aghast at such hatred at us after such hurt. Some I guess have never heard christians carrying on like this about a minority; demanding their death and celebrating it when it happens. The simple fact is that these radical christians have been around for a long time and have been saying this for a long time. It's just that now the media has taken note of it after Orlando amidst the new mood of gay acceptance.

Some have refused to post it saying it's giving another platform for their hate, but personally I disagree. My view is that the hate needs to have attention drawn to it and called out for the radicalism it is. People in the wider community need to know just where bigotry, intolerance, the closet, and religion can take us; to the extremes of hate and to the point of murder in the name of religion. 

Any religion.
Hardly a day has gone by without a new headline about a pastor, preacher or church somewhere around the nation condoning the anti-queer brutality that sent a shockwave through the LGBT community earlier this month. 

In the face of this troubling strain of Christian extremism, the political conversation has instead shifted almost entirely to "radical Islam." The gunman was a Muslim, though reportedly not a very devout one. And while there are still plenty of questions about whether he was actually influenced by religion at all, the battle lines have already been drawn. 

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and other Republicans have hammered President Barack Obama for choosing not to use the term "radical Islam," suggesting that his rhetoric reflects an unwillingness to get serious about a national security threat. They've also used the shooting to further blur the line between the tiny fraction of radical Muslims and the rest of the world's 1.6 billion followers of Islam. They say the Quran teaches that homosexuality is punishable by death, which means Muslims must be anti-gay. Yet again, the actions of a single person are being used to cast a pall over an entire community. 

Christians are rarely asked to answer these questions, because nobody is rushing to confront or condemn radical Christianity. But what does the Bible say about the LGBT community, and do we assume most Christians take it literally? Does Christianity promote violent homophobia? Should we interpret one preacher's despicable anti-queer comments as the gospel of an entire religion? These have not traditionally been topics of political debate. Though to their credit, some Christian leaders have asked such questions of themselves over the past week. Huffington Post