I see things. Things I’d rather look away from. But it’s like a train wreck. I know I should but I can’t. A facebook “friend” posted this and it showed up in my news feed.
I clicked on the article to read about this atheist outrage. The article never even addresses it. Nowhere in the article is any atheist quoted, nor even mentioned, as having been outraged. This is the kind of propaganda unbelievers are up against in the U.S.
Let’s set the scene, why don’t we? It was at the National Prayer Breakfast where NASCAR legend, Darrell Waltrip, was the keynote speaker. What was that again? The National Prayer Breakfast. The United States hosts, at taxpayer expense, a National Prayer Breakfast which is, to my understanding, intended to unite the leaders of the various world religions.
According to Wikipedia The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Every keynote speaker since 1973 except for last year when Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, who practices Hinduism has been a Christian.
Here is the excerpt of Waltrip’s address which was supposedly the source of all the outrage:
Christians everywhere are giving Waltrip atta-boys and pats on the back for having the courage to share his beliefs at an event where sharing beliefs and faith is expected. I do not take issue with his speech. That’s what he was invited there to do. What I take exception to is the gross mischaracterization of atheists. The outrage, which is the subject of the title of the article, is not even addressed! What outrage?
What I find so very ironic about the whole thing is the Christian outrage that has poured out over President Barack Obama’s comments:
You don’t have to look very far to see Christians condemning his remarks. Here’s an article in The Washington Post:
and another here from The Week:
How dare the President speak the truth? How dare he compare the Crusades and the Inquisition to ISIS’ terrorism? How dare he point out that horrific acts, like slavery and discrimination, had their roots in religion – specifically Christianity? Christians are outraged that the President could make such comparisons because Christians have evolved. They’ve improved and progressed whereas ISIS is going backward.
Have fundamentalist Christians really improved so much? All one has to do is a Google search for exorcism, Christian child discipline, or Christians rejecting medical attention in favor of prayer, to see that it most assuredly is still possible for Christians to be radicalized. Granted the rejection of medical attention is not considered terrorism, but what about in cases where a child is the one who is ill and the parents make the decision to pray away critical illness? What about the brand of child discipline endorsed, no advocated, by Mike and Debi Pearl and practiced by a large portion of society? What about recent exorcisms which have resulted in the death of the recipient of such treatment? Not to mention the psychological harm done in the name of Christ!
Christian privilege dictates that nothing negative be said about the Christian faith. Christian privilege says, “it’s them, not us.” “We’re nothing like those savages.” Christian privilege is outraged that the President could point out the failures of their religion.
If we do not learn from history we are most assuredly doomed to repeat it. Crucify the President.