I’m an atheist and the screenshot of a Facebook discussion thread below is what some people would like to do to me and other atheists.
Is it representative of all Christians? No, of course not. The point is though that there are tenets of the Christian religion that do call upon this type of bile and venom towards non-believers. It’s like how ISIS and Islamic countries respond to some other Muslims, infidels and those who have committed apostasy.
The point is that apologists of Islam, will excuse similar sentiments below by saying, “Oh that isn’t representative of Islam”. Well let’s just ask those who express such sentiments towards non-believers and ask if they are representing Islam. They would say, “Yes.” Let us ask the people below in this screenshot and ask if they are representing Christianity, and without a shadow of a doubt, they would say in resounding unison, “Yes!”
Here is the difference: The people below are mute compared to their Islamist counterparts. They are mute because I am safe from people like this because I live in a democratic Western nation that guarantees my rights — especially as a woman. Where people like this would not be mute is in countries that subscribe to such bile and venom and would condemn people like me to death for apostasy and non-believers. Those would be Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and many other Islamic nations.
The order of magnitude is phenomenal and that is the clear difference — order of magnitude. The kind of extremism we speak of is the norm in those countries. And many excuse it time and time again in the threads of internet discussions, mainstream news outlets and the politically correct mealy mouths of celebrities. Anyone condemning Islam and it’s extreme elements is a bigot or intolerant. There is little defense for the very tolerant standing up towards the very intolerant. The irony is that most of the criticism towards criticism of Islam is from the left.
Next time someone bleats about the Crusades and other such events of times gone centuries by, remind them of the difference and how we should look at what we are faced with now. Point out how these religions have diverged rather than converged. These are our times and we own them. Speak up and speak out against those who want to crush how you think and what you think. And that includes the apologists. What you see below is lame chicken feed compared to what is going on in other parts of the world.