When you hear Islam referred to as a "religion of peace," what is the first thought or image that flashes through your mind? Now let's try a somewhat more difficult question. When you hear an evangelical fundamentalist Christian claim something along the lines of how "love thy neighbor" or "do unto others" is the central message of Christianity and/or of some dead (and possibly non-existent) person with whom he or she claims to have a personal relationship, what goes through your mind?
Here's what goes through mine:
- Franklin Graham urges Christian boycott of gay-friendly companies
- Pat Robertson tells grieving mom: “Your dead baby could have been Hitler”
- Pastor Steven Anderson on Caitlyn Jenner: “I’m Gonna Pray That He Dies and Goes to Hell!”
- Christian couple promises to get divorced if gay marriage is allowed
- Christian Group Kicks Off All-You-Can-Eat Fast To Oppose Marriage Equality
- Millionaire Christian opposes retirement
- Christian author who co-wrote books with Roy Moore and Mike Huckabee sued for child molestation
- Neighbors confront controversial Harlem pastor over ‘hateful’ church sign
I have a very difficult time not seeing this as hypocrisy. If you are going to claim that the central message of your religion has to do with treating others with kindness, love, or compassion, don't you kind of have to set aside the hatred and bigotry? Don't you have to treat people much better than you do?