it will be believed"
American Atheists, a non-profit that claims to protect the rights of atheists and to ensure the “absolute separation of government and religion,” has declared war on Christianity.
In the post, Al Stefanelli, American Atheists’ Georgia State Director, makes a bizarre connection between radical Muslims and Christians. In speaking about “fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines,” Stefanelli says that both are “dangerous, damaging and disingenuous.”
Is it me, or does this guy sound reminiscent of a certain German official from the 1930's?
Throughout the blog post, Stefanelli continues to allude to similarities between Christians and radical Muslims, but declines to truly define them.
Aside from making this comparison, he goes on to write that “most of these people” (again referring to Christians) “lack the maturity and intelligence” to act in “a socially acceptable manner.” Many of these adherents, he believes, are “sociopaths,” “psychopaths” or simply “delusional.”
Certainly some fringe Christian believers qualify as extremists but Stefanelli’s comments are so vague it’s impossible to discern who the targets of his rage truly are.
What is truly scary is that many Americans will see this bile in print on a web site and take it as fact, rather than for what it is, the ranting of an atheist extremist.
Who are these violent Christians that Stefanelli is so frightened by?
The way he speaks about it one would assume there are militant Christians lurking at his front door.
In one particularly erroneous portion of his text, Stefanelli writes:
The fact is that fundamentalist Christians and radical Muslims are not interested in coexisting or getting along. They have no desire for peace. They do not want to sit down with us in diplomatic efforts to iron out our differences and come to an agreement on developing an integrated society.
Stefanelli then claims that radical interpretations of the Bible require that believers “kill the infidel,” but he provides no evidence to support that statement.
Considering his group’s involvement in fighting Christians and conservatives on a variety of issues, one wonders what, exactly, he means by “eradicated.”
Maybe he thinks some kind of a camp setting is a good idea?
Here's the thing, Al.
Christianity is about love.
Even when we feel people are sinners (like those who advocate killing Christians), we are charged to love the sinner and pray for them. Or pray for you, in this scenario.
In short, Christianity is about open-mindedness and tolerance.
Christians should be concerned.
Assaults against our faith have become frequent occurrences.
The same people who demand tolerance for their life choices apparently have no tolerance for our beliefs.
And sadly, while Stefanelli is clearly the voice of a radical fringe element of atheists, many Americans will buy this shinola out of ignorance.
The enemies of Christianity will cite the First Amendment and use buzz words like "freedom of worship."
And just like Barnum predicted, some of the people will be fooled all of the time.
There have been acts committed by people who identify as Christian that I do not condone,
I'd like to know how the "eradication" proposed by Stefanelli is any less extreme than those fringe elements he claims to fear.
Make no mistake-there is an agenda at work here.
That agenda has very little to do with the morality the atheist camp pretends to exhibit.
Because if an atheist were comfortable with their beliefs (or lack thereof), why would they care what we believe?
I posted this same clip on my last bit, and I am repeating it here because I believe it is relevant and powerful.
Like the character in the film, Stefanelli abandoned reason a long time ago.
Just because we are charged to love the sinner does not mean we have to sit back and let ourselves be eradicated.