3/24/2006

the American Christian victim complex

From Chris Suellentrop's Opinionator blog:

Andrew Sullivan says a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has uncovered a new political constituency: “Christians for torture”: “If you combine those Christians who think torture is either never or only rarely acceptable, you have 42 percent of Catholics and 49 percent of white Protestants. The comparable statistic of those who are decribed as ‘secular,’ which I presume means agnostic or atheist, is 57 percent opposition. In other words, if you are an American Christian, you are more likely to support torture than if you are an atheist or agnostic.”
If you happened to read Nora Ghallagher's nauseating opinion piece in the LA Times last week, you'd think Christians were a poor, persecuted minority in this country. For those of us who grew up in the Church, today's self-proclaimed "Christians" have earned the scorn many feel for them, because they have taken, twisted and abused the Gospel, so that it is a shame for articulate, curious, compassionate people of conscience to associate themselves with the religion they were born into and the churches they were raised in.

More and more we hear victimizing "Christians" crying victimization themselves. It's not only hypocritical in the extreme, it is obscenely un-Christian of them. When the National Catholic Reporter can report that according to a Pew poll a solid majority of American Catholics and White Protestants are pro-torture, it is little wonder that people of intelligence and conscience wish to distance themselves from what the hypocrites are passing off as "Christianity".

These "Christians" should be ashamed. The fact that they are so relentlessly focused on their own imagined victimization while advocating the very real victimization of others deserves all the scorn people of conscience whose religion they've hijacked can muster. That may sound un-Christian, but, truth is, it's the lesser of sins in this case.

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