James Croft is new at Patheos and I have to say, I’m liking him so far. I don’t really get the Ethical Culture stuff (it’s tough to explain, but let’s say that I like the idea, but the implementation is a bit preachy for my tastes), but otherwise he’s got some solid stuff to say and I’m impressed by his clarity.
So when I saw that he got into a discussion with other new Patheos blogger Adrian Warnock, it got my attention. Apparently Warnock seems to think that Christians like him are unfairly persecuted. Is it because they don’t control most of government, don’t get special treatment, the head of state is not the head of the church (this is in the UK), or that Christianity is not the official state religion?
Of course not! All of that’s still in tact. No, Warnock is afraid that meanies like Richard Dawkins will mock his beliefs.
Personally, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for that sort of mockery to become anywhere near common. He claims to be in telepathic communication with a Jewish ghost. Think about it.
That being said, Warnock is being absolutely ridiculous. He also claims that people are afraid of being fired if they reveal that they support their religion’s version of marriage and not any other one. As Croft points out, this has never happened before. Every few months, a case of this “happening” is trotted out, and inevitably it turns out the person was fired for proselytizing at work instead of, you know, working.
There are a few more ridiculous examples that Warnock gives and Croft very politely demolishes. I recommend reading the whole article, but I really can’t help but shake my head whenever I hear about how persecuted Christianists are in the West because people don’t automatically take their claims at face value and aren’t entirely ok with their treatment of people their faith tells them are bad.
I can’t remember who suggested that since the Bible says that Christians would be persecuted, it’s an article of faith that they are for many fundamentalists, and if there’s no particular evidence to support the assertion, then “persecution” must be redefined as “not always getting your way” in order to maintain inerrancy. It’s actually a little sad, and if people like Warnock didn’t equate not being able to spend all your work time talking about how awesome Jesus is (and how bad everyone else is) or harassing gay college students in some bizarre crusade with being beaten up and having homophobic slurs cut into you before your assailants tried to burn you alive, then I might actually give a shit. Unfortunately, Warnock and others like him have no sense of perspective, so they really ought to shut the fuck up about how “persecuted” they are.