…then I’ll stick with the old-fashioned kind.
I read the following in an atheist blog yesterday, written in response to the recent protests in Egypt. First there’s a link to the story, “Christians pelt Egypt minister as unrest fears rise.” There are hundreds of similar articles online.
Here’s the blogger’s response:
“I always thought Christianity advertised itself as a peaceful religion myself. But time and again we see things like this where angry Christian practitioners commit such violent acts. And sadly, history is littered with them. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, and antisemitism are just a few fine examples. Here’s a great quote from author Sam Harris in his book ‘Letter to a Christian Nation’ “…faith inspires violence in at least two ways. First, people often kill other human beings because they believe that the creator of the universe wants them to do it… Second, far greater numbers of people fall into conflict with one another because they define their moral community on the basis of their religious affiliation…” Christianity is unfortunately a prime example of this behavior, particularly the second part of the quote. In Christianity’s view the only moral people are Christians. Everyone else is essentially a heretic.”
Atheists please. Even if you were religiously abused as a child by Christian holy rollers, this is harsh and inappropriate. A group of people who riot in anger after the massacre of family and friends is hardly a case of “angry Christian practitioners committing violent acts.”
For their crime of refusing to become part of the dominant totalitarian religion, a religion that controls every single aspect of daily life, the Copts may as well be atheists. Finally a group with the guts to stand up to the iron grip of Islam, and all you can do is sneer at them for throwing stones? Those damn hypocrites!
It’s not like you’re going to praise them for NOT fighting back, they’ll still be ignorant Christians to you. But what would you have them do…assimilate? Is that what you would do?
It is the reaction of the Copts that has brought this to the world’s attention. Christians of Egypt have few rights, and face restrictions and intimidation in all aspects of their lives. So it is a source of encouragement to see religious intolerance exposed, anger raised, and the world take note. It wasn’t always this way in Egypt, the assaults on Christians have risen dramatically in the past 20 or 30 years. Maybe the momentum of this attack will somehow be the catalyst for open dialogue and progress, but I imagine little will be accomplished, until the next bombing, and the next…as anyone who openly defies Islam is a target.
This is a critical issue not because they are Christians, but because they are not Muslims.