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Posted 3/22/09 , edited 3/24/09
I kinda notice from some public to here (on forums) that there is sense of hatred, intolerance and discrimination of Christians when it comes to civil problems or others in the US.

I end up hearing or reading comments on how Christians are "uneducated," "Small-minded," "homophobia," "bigots," and "fear mongering." Others comments like "The Christians/Religious people are ruining the country" or "They started the wars." When its come to tolerance, its seems that Christians are the only religion or group that been treated bad by others, and is becoming a religious freedom problem.

With these comments I was like I can't believe they fall for those stereotypes or maybe they never met any Christians before. But what scared me, as a Catholic, is that it starting to become more than comments and stereotypes. I read news articles of Christians under attack (both verbally and physically) in US, Western Europe, India, Indonesia and other areas.

I am curious of what is your thoughts about this situation or if you been in this situation before. PLEASE, PLEASE be respectful while writing.


Articles in Christianpbia:
http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=26445
http://www.wwrn.org/article.php?idd=15492&sec=56&con=64

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Okay, I guess I did not make it clear.

I am aware other religions have been discrimination too, but Christianity is no different than any other religions. People took negative impressions of Christianity, based it with political issues, and historical past that lead to the stereotype, and end up took offended by a Christian symbols in arts and public. When political correctness is concern, Christianity is been treated unfairly.

Usually because of that, it sometime leads to violence and vandalism towards Christianity. When there are events like that, media ignore it or making it bias: make symphathy towards the attacker and accusing Christianity for the fault of the action. If its Judaism or other religions had been attack, a lot a people and media shows an oppisite view.

A lot of Christians respect and welcome people from different or no faiths and don't bring judgement against people's beliefs. All I saying is people should be aware of bias and violence against some or all Christians, their religion, or the practice of Christianity.
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This is just screaming "arguement."
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Well, you reap what you sow?
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Wow. I'm Catholic and yet I'm none of what was listed. I just ignore those people or try to clear things up for them.
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StephyKot87 wrote:

When its come to tolerance, its seems that Christians are the only religion or group that treated intolerance and bias, and is becoming a religious freedom problem.


What?
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Really? I thought that most of the American population is Christian or Catholic. O_o I think anyone that abuses someone for their religion are just jackasses.
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Posted 3/22/09 , edited 3/22/09
Maybe their just irritated by bible bashers,it is rather easy to see why considering parts of it that are wrong and some things are left out.There are fewer of these sort of Christians though,most are nice enough and normal without smacking you with a bible.

Another might be the fact that some try to force their beliefs on people,especially all that stuff about the apocalypse.I mean like,what if shiva comes first?
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Posted 3/22/09

StephyKot87 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:

This is just screaming "arguement."


What makes you think it was just an argument? All I'm saying is people should be aware about strong hateful negativity before you for make any comments.


Aha...That's not how I meant it.~
I meant the thread itself is bound to cause arguements.
I guess I could've worded that better.
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Like in every religion, there are smal-minded christian people that tell persons of other or no religions that they are "going to hell", "not living their live right" etc. There were even some threads about in the extended discussion forum here. I have nothing against christians in general, i know many nice christians. But when i see the pope saying that condoms are a reason that so many people are infected with AIDS or people like Bishop Williamson denying that there was a holocaust i can see why some people don't like christians
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'Trouble is that Christianity in it self is one of the few religions that have a long history of violence to get what they want. How I see it they have yet to earn my respect as for there religion goes.. Now I can respect some christians, hell my best friend is one. I just don't respect his barbaric religion, for what it has doing today, and for what it did in the past.
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Posted 3/22/09 , edited 3/22/09
What is one instance where Christ called for violence to get what we want? Jesus never said any of that, the crusades may have happened in the name of the Church, but it was contrary to Christ. It isn't Christ who calls for violence but satan. Christ even says this regarding our enemies.
Mat 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor [fn] and hate your enemy.'
Mat 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies [fn] and pray for those who persecute you,
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digs wrote:

What is one instance where Christ called for violence to get what we want? Jesus never said any of that, the crusades may have happened in the name of the Church, but it was contrary to Christ. It isn't Christ who calls for violence but satan.


No one said Christ called for violence. But there are many violent acts in history committed in the name of christianity like the crusades or the inquisition. This doens't mean that all christians are violent, but i remember seeing a tape of a christian minister not too long demanding violence against gays, so it isn't uncommon even today
Posted 3/22/09

Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


StephyKot87 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:

This is just screaming "arguement."


What makes you think it was just an argument? All I'm saying is people should be aware about strong hateful negativity before you for make any comments.


Aha...That's not how I meant it.~
I meant the thread itself is bound to cause arguements.
I guess I could've worded that better.


It's okay, that usually happens.

I do worry about the cause of argument too. That is why I note: please be respectful while writing, to avoid argument.

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digs wrote:

What is one instance where Christ called for violence to get what we want? Jesus never said any of that, the crusades may have happened in the name of the Church, but it was contrary to Christ. It isn't Christ who calls for violence but satan.


No one said Christ called for violence. But there are many violent acts in history committed in the name of christianity like the crusades or the inquisition. This doens't mean that all christians are violent, but i remember seeing a tape of a christian minister not too long demanding violence against gays, so it isn't uncommon even today


I know that there has been violence inflicted by Christians, but it isn't Christianity that does it, it is the individuals. My point wasn't that Christians haven't sinned by being violent, my point is that Christ tells us not to be and when we do we aren't doing the "Christian thing." Or rather, the Christ-Like things that we are called to do.
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Posted 3/22/09

digs wrote:



I know that there has been violence inflicted by Christians, but it isn't Christianity that does it, it is the individuals. My point wasn't that Christians haven't sinned by being violent, my point is that Christ tells us not to be and when we do we aren't doing the "Christian thing." Or rather, the Christ-Like things that we are called to do.


ah, i think i see your point. you mean that christians who commit violent acts basically didin't get right what Christ meant?
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