Originally posted by SrWingCommander
I hear all this talk, "Christians would do this", "Christians would do that", "Christians want a theocracy, Christians are like the Taliban". I'll be
the frist to say I have met some wacky (usually uneducated christians).
But I have to say I am a Christian, have been so since my late teens, been to many, many churches, and have never heard ANY of this stuff you guys are
talking about. You guys are digging up the extreme nutballs (and yet no one is strapping explosives to themselves in Christianity yet). Do some of the
more "fundementalists" take positions of hard core pro-life, yes. Do some "evangelicals" get a little passionate about spreading the message of
Christ...yes.. (By the way, you can be a fundamentalist and not evangelical, you can be both, or you can be evangelical but not fundamentalist).
Some of the comments or paranoia on here sound like a bunch of Germans talking about the Jews in 1936. You might want to check yourselves, because I
think the atheists are far closer to being Nazi's than most Christians.
When I said there is a Christian equivalent to the Taliban, that wasn't to suggest they represent all Christians, but here's the thing, the Taliban
doesn't represent all Muslims either. The Taliban makes up a very small percentage of the worlds 2 billion Muslims.
The main difference is the Taliban actually had power to enforce their philosophy. They tend to take over lawless unstable areas and they "stabilize"
them by acting as the law. They have nothing to stand in their way. There is no destabilized lawless places for Christian extremists in America to
take over, here in America they would be arrested for acting on their extreme beliefs.
America is more stable, so it's harder to do here, but that's not always the case in other countries. It was American fundamentalists Christians, who
encouraged Uganda's kill the gays bill. In the Niger Delta children are
accused of being witches by people who are mislead by Christian
What happens here in America isn't necessarily the end all be all for christian extremism.
My fear for these extremists in America comes from the good old slippy slope. While an extremist government setting up here may seem unlikely, more
and more Christians do believe America should be run as a Christian nation. The GOP has shown it's willingness to pander to the far right, and we
already have several dominionists within our government.
Let's say hypothetically we do establish a type of theocracy in America, how long do you think it would take before the more extreme fundamentalist
voices start spiritually shaming people with questions like "if we are true Christians, why don't we handle _____ like the bible says"? It would start
with stuff like the treatment of gays, and rick santorum's crusade against condoms, but once those are in place, there would be other unfulfilled
changes that the extremists would constantly push for in order to meet their ideal vision of a christian nation.
This is how it happened in many middle eastern countries, they weren't always run by extreme fundamentalists, it only took a few charismatic leaders
who where willing to spiritually shame people into seeing things their way.
I'm a Spaniard, my people's history has been constantly tainted by the mixture of politics and religion. All Spaniards weren't nutcases, but it only
took a few crazy leaders and a handful of people who where willing to follow their orders.
The same is true here, all Christians may not be crazy, but if the crazies land positions of power, and work on building up their following, crazy
things can happen. If history shows us anything, people will become afraid to speak up against it, because they would be spun into heretics, and asked
why they hate gods rules.
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