Christian fundamentalists are different from radical Muslims how?May 30, 2011 at 9:27 am | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, civil liberties, god, hypocrisy, irony, Religion, U.S. Constitution | 23 Comments
Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Bastrop High School, Bible Belt, Christian, Graduation, High school, Louisiana, prayer, radical Islamists, radical Muslims, rapture
Christians love to claim we are a nation founded in christianity (if you know me, then you know the c word gets capitalized only at the beginning of sentences). I guess if I really think about it I can’t argue with that premise. We did capture and enslave people, treated them like property, abused them, sold their children, and got rich off their backs for hundreds of years; it doesn’t get more christian-like than that. Our christianity includes burning women accused of witchcraft, bombing abortion clinics, beating and killing people for being gay…and the list goes on.
For years christianity has been shoved down the throats of everyone who is not christian. A few examples: prayer in schools, the addition of god to the pledge of allegiance, opening government functions with prayer, hearing our political leaders making religious references. I’ll be so happy if the christians ever get the date right, and the rapture, or as I like to call it, lift-off, actually occurs. I get first dibs on all their stuff…just letting you know. Let us pray that it happens sooner rather than later.
So now this kid in Louisiana, who happens to be an atheist, has received death threats, from the good christian people, because of his opposition to the inclusion of prayer in his high school graduation ceremony. His own parents threw him out of the house; how christian is that?
From the freethinker:
NORTH LOUISIANA has been described as “the buckle on the Bible Belt” – and not without good reason, as high school student Damon Fowler at Bastrop High School has discovered to his cost.
Damon Fowler: demonised, ostracized and threatened with death
On the eve of his graduation, the atheist student contacted the school superintendent to let him know that he opposed the inclusion of a prayer at the graduation ceremony. He pointed out that government-sponsored prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional and legally forbidden – and that he would be contacting the ACLU if it went ahead. The school agreed to substitute it with a moment of silent reflection, which was subsequently scuppered by a Christian student.
Then Fowler’s name, and his role in this incident, was leaked. As a direct result:
1) Fowler has been hounded, pilloried, and ostracized by his community.
2) One of Fowler’s teachers has publicly demeaned him.
3) Fowler has been physically threatened. Students have threatened to “jump him” at graduation practice, and he has received multiple threats of bodily harm, and even death threats.
4) Fowler’s parents cut off his financial support, kicked him out of the house, and threw his belongings onto the front porch. read more
Don’t the christians have a saying about he who is without sin should not cast stones, or something like that? Rather ironic isn’t it?
- High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened (gretachristina.typepad.com)
- High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened (tleonidas.wordpress.com)
- Lessons From the Damon Fowler Case (atheistrev.com)