Just my personal opinions.. Ive thought about this a little bit today..
IMO I dont see any persecution on this thread. Children lashing out and making themselves look silly.. yes. Others here who disagree with Christianity
or are atheists handle themselves without the flailing and flouncing. Ive never had an issue with an Atheist in my life. I married one.
to say that he has more class and compassion than some here and respects my decision to believe in what I wish. My children are exposed to all
religions and the opportunity to follow none. I DO believe in free will and choice. If one feels his children are being harmed by religion or the
religious.. sounds like a weak parent to me.I can not imagine that in Britain there are roving bands of charismatics cornering children and forcing
them to believe something they do not wish to. If someone has raised their children weak enough to not resist religious coercion or the ability to be
exposed to things without blindly following them... thats a sad thing. In the few years we had lived in London I never witnessed such nonsense out of
Basically we cant claim we are persecuted when we engage the ones we know are mouthy or known for being contentious. We also cant let our little
feelings or tender sensibilities be too harmed by walking into a conversation with certain types willingly. I certainly havent been injured.Real
religious persecution may be on the horizon, but its in response to certain people who call themselves Christians and in reality are persecuting
others and of course hatred of religion that some feel for their own reasons. Real persecution involves a threat to freedom and life for practicing
your religion, owning holy books, speaking of your religion, etc. None of that exists here. It does elsewhere.. in many places all over the world....
Id prefer not to cheapen true religious persecution by claiming this silliness here on the internet is anything approaching it.
I will tell you that over the years on the net ( Im older) I have seen many mouthy children and they will never express this silliness face to face.
It is a waste of time to preach to the atheist. Theyre intelligent folks for the most part and with knowledge have chosen they do not believe. The
intelligent atheist will engage you in a casual discussion rather than attacks. Theyll debate a Christian in a normal way without attacks..
specifically when the Christian isnt behaving like a lunatic themselves and demanding their beliefs be validated by the atheist. The real Atheist
isnt so threatened that he or she will react with anger at any mention of religion. They wont see scary religious people behind every rock and tree.
The intelligent and secure atheist is not afraid of religion or religious people... and comprehend the fact that people are allowed to believe in what
they want.. if anything. The child will always use things like "uneducated", "fairytale" and etc.. when they can not express why they choose not
to believe in things and why they feel compelled to attack anyone they see as religious. I try to be a Christian most of the time... and I hope they
dont break their necks when they fall off of that pedestal they have mounted themselves upon. The arrogance I see out of some Atheists on the forum
isnt really typical of the atheists I have met in person. In fact, I have never seen behavior like this that we see on forums in person out of
As far as Christians on this site and others.. some humility would suit them. Maybe less paranoia and a little more restraint. It would represent
Christianity in general much better in my opinion. Youd not enter a room in real life and start attacking people with dogma and threats of hellfire
and damnation would you? Scratch that.. some actually would!
Jesus lived by example.. not bully tactics and force. You refuse to treat the
Atheist, Satanist, pagan, etc with respect and then expect them to respect you? Wont ever happen. Ive met and genuinely respect and enjoy speaking to
several folks here on this board who openly call themselves Satanists and Pagans. I have never had issue with them and religious tit for tat has never
been a factor. Jokes.. sure.
I have never seen a human being accept something in a real sense when being bullied into it or forced to listen.
People will listen when they wish to. IF they wish to. If we Christians are being honest with ourselves.. we produce some of the greatest hypocrites
in the world. People who hide behind the collar or the bible while living nonchristian lives and doing evil things. You really cant fault the people
for questioning our motives or why we would identify with Christianity when we have this long history of these things, enslavement, murder, etc. I
guess its a knee-jerk reaction for some.. and I always wonder why the Christian is shocked by this. I have read church history.. from the catholics to
the protestants to the evangelicals to the copts and beyond. This is why I say some humility would suit us all well. One of my closest and dearest
friends I met in college, he went on to become a Jesuit priest. I am absolutely opposed to much of the Catholics dogma and practice.... but trust me,
it IS possible to form lasting bonds and love those who are not of your religion or of any religion at all. You will not lose your Christian identity,
unless it was never there to begin with.