Mainly I don’t like christianity because it has so little to do with jesus. While I don’t agree with everything he said, he did say some very good things which I rarely see put into practice by christians, especially on a national scale.
The “christian” political party in the united states staunchly supports and defends pre-emptive war and torture, is strongly against equal rights for all americans. They take a hard-line stance on protecting the wealth of the top 2% richest americans while sneering at the very thought of helping the poor, making the word “welfare” toxic. Just recently they opposed raising the debt ceiling,which would mean we would stop paying our debts to everyone in the world simultaneously, get our credit rating downgraded (which would seriously hurt the economy and hurt our standing in the world). They refused to let congress raise the debt ceiling, threatening to let it go past the deadline and hurt america if… the bush tax cuts on the top 2% of americans weren’t extended. They basically held a gun to the head of the economy (as bad as things are) and said “keep giving the richest of the rich even more money or the economy gets it!” And partly because of their opposition to raising the debt ceiling we ended up getting our credit downgraded anyway (it was explicitly listed as one of the reasons by the agency which downgraded us). A few months ago they did the same thing, just in a more sickening way. They actually threatened to stop payment on out of work peoples’ unemployment checks if the democrats didn’t extend the bush tax cuts for the top 2% permanently.
And now they’re actually going after the poor, please watch the first part of this.
Warren Buffet btw (mentioned in the video), is an atheist.
My point is not to vilify christians or say atheists are better, but rather to express my heartfelt disappointment that christianity, instead of being a strong force for good in the world so often it is just used by evil fucks to do bad things – and what hurts most of all is that your average atheist seems more offended by that than your average church-goer.
Like when bush was in office – I would talk to another atheist about him and they’d be able to reel off a long list of things he said and did that was un-christlike – but the more religious people were the more fervently they tended to support him. Maybe part of this is that the miraculous side of christianity (heaven, hell, god watching over us etc) gets more play than the moral or philosophical side? Reminds me of the line in Jesus Christ Superstar, “Your followers are blind… too much heaven on their minds… it was beautiful but now it’s sour, yes it’s all gone sour…” Either way I hope it would change. And soon.