I think my big problem is the consevative Christian agenda and their narrow-mindedness. To me the the fundamentalist interpretation of our faith is in opposition to what is actually taught by Jesus. I watch guys like James Robison, Falwell, Robertson, Hagee, Dobson, and a hoarde of others – and as sincere as they come off – they are also very narrow-minded. If I went purely by their rhetoric for what they would do if they ran the country – I’d go into hiding. They openly dislike gay people, they aren’t very open to religious freedom of others, they support the war efforts (no matter what the USA does), they deny the existence of global warming, ‘end time’ theology seems to be a core of their belief set, intolerance to people not ‘saved’, they are still against the rights of women (in the church), stand opposed to safe sex practices (except for abstinence), Israel can do ‘no wrong’, and this list just keeps going. Sounds a little Taliban-esque to me?
Frankly their teachings/rhetoric are half the reason for bad fundamentalist actions like: shooting abortion doctors & blowing up clinics, atheists getting death threats, and Muslims being apprehensive of American policy. The core of their beliefs come off very klan-ish or clandestine. When someone says adamantly ‘it’s their way or hell’ – you can bet not all the memebers are going to have the sensibilities to be able to run that through their mind correctly. Some of those people have a strong ‘us and them’ mentality and they react upon it and create some crazy groups like ‘jonestown’ or ‘creator rights party’ (anti-abortion extremists). Hell, even Mel White of Soulforce is adamantly not welcome in Falwell’s congregation – for being gay and outing the agenda that Falwell has ‘against’ gay peoples.
Nothing about that group of people is very appealing or is accurate about the person of Jesus in the bible – or maybe they are and I am deluded. Either way, as a responsible and logical Christian person I have to speak out against their agenda’s…but then again, maybe I got this faith all wrong and I am reading into the bible what I want to see and the fundie is correct? If so, I’d rather be wrong.
Do we need to speak out against the ‘fundie’ agenda? Are the fundies representative of what’s in the bible? Is a moderate like myself ‘way off base’ in what he reads about Jesus? Is being conservative the Christian way or is being more liberal the Christian way? Well above is all my opinion and it came from here (read below).
Some of my opinion comes from reading and conversing with Atheists and their critiques of the faith (and reading the news or watching fundie programs for proof) – and they say we ‘Christians’ don’t speak out against our own faith (against the fundies) – you know what they are right and the critique is valid. Sam Harris and Dawkins have called us out on that kind of stuff – and I agree with them – ‘oh no he agree’s with an atheist’s critique’ – in them is an outside source who sees what we do and they are scared of what they see. So why don’t we speak out?