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Christianity is Spoiled Rotten

From The Guardian we find the latest example of privileged Christians (they are the state church of England, after all) crying hysterically about “aggressive secularism”.

“The leader of the Catholic church in Scotland has used his Easter address to attack “aggressive secularism”, suggesting there were “those who would indeed try to destroy our Christian heritage and culture and take God from the public square”.”a

Aggressive? What could be more aggressive than a state funded, state sponsored organization that can claim virtually every baptism, marriage, and funeral in the land?

We hear the same thing from the Catholic Church and many fundagelical Christian organizations as well.  They put up billboards from God; they put bibles in every hotel room; they preach at the opening of many public, government sponsored, events from the opening of legislatures to high school football games; they knock on doors in neighborhoods across the land, and yet it is the secularists who are being aggressive?

This is nothing but a spoiled child whining about having to share his toys with his younger sibling.  He spent his first years with the undivided attention of everyone around him and now has to share that attention, and he hates it.  In fact, he gets hysterical and stomps and yells.  This child is the privileged Christian, and instead of sharing gracefully, he is lying on the floor kicking and crying and insisting that he is being treated unfairly.

It it time to grow up, my Christian friends.  You aren’t the only child anymore.  Deal with it.

Update — I received comments from someone in the UK telling me that the Church of England isn’t the behemoth that I made it out to be.  Thanks to Cerlaire for pointing this out.  Here is part of the comment:

“The religious climate in the UK is very different. Friends who’ve lived in certain parts of America tell me that they get funny looks if they say they don’t attend church. Over here you get funny looks if you say that you do attend church. It can make British Christians a bit inclined to feel defensive sometimes.”

“The Church of England doesn’t claim every marriage, funeral and baptism. There are lots of different denominations and lots of secular options as well. People only come to the C of E if they want to. It’s not obligatory.”

I guess I need to do my homework in the future before I go spouting off.  Shame on me.

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May 4, 2011 - Posted by | Atheism, Religion | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Are you based in America? The religious climate in the UK is very different. Friends who’ve lived in certain parts of America tell me that they get funny looks if they say they don’t attend church. Over here you get funny looks if you say that you do attend church. It can make British Christians a bit inclined to feel defensive sometimes.

    I do think that there is a brand of aggressive secularism in the UK. But I also think that many Christians are aware that how the church is perceived depends on Christian behaviour. There is much much more to the discussion than “boo hoo, we’re under attack.”

    It’s a complex issue and I’ve generalised horribly. Anyhoo, just thought I’d say my little piece. :-) Nice to meet you on the internet.

    p.s. fundagelical is a cool word. I’ll use that.

    Comment by Cerlaire | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. p.s. The Church of England doesn’t claim every marriage, funeral and baptism. There are lots of different denominations and lots of secular options as well. People only come to the C of E if they want to. It’s not obligatory.

    Comment by Cerlaire | May 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you so much for your reply. I am based in America, and here religion in public life is ever present. Our politics aren culture are steeped in it. It is an insidious presence. I find it ironic that the people here who decry radical Islam the loudest for promoting Islamic theocracies are the same people who would have their religion be the religion of this land.

      Comment by Jay Walker | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. I agree with you. As a Christian I don’t want to convert everyone, I just want people to be happy and healthy. I can see that Jesus can help people be happy and healthy, so naturally I want to tell people about him. But equally, if a friend finds a good life through another faith or belief system, I would be happy for them.

    Comment by Cerlaire | May 4, 2011 | Reply


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