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I think part of the reason we see a pattern of Christian Bashing (if I may title it such), is that a lot of us do have negative experiences with individuals of, or even whole groups/churches, who count themselves among the Christian faith. Still more of us may be coming from a background in the faith (either our own previous involvement or mere family connections). In either case, it is part of our severance from these past relations and to that extent perhaps normal and even necessary.

However, this does not make it any kinder, any less prejudice, or justify our words or actions in the least. It is a delicate balance we must strike, to be able to disconnect from the church and express our negative feelings towards the religion, while maintaining a polite and hopefully kind manner.

I had to find myself a group of people sharing a similar state of severance. We shared our pain and anger, and helped one another to eventually grow above and beyond this to a place where I am proud to say that I can count among my friends Christians as well as Atheists, Pagans, Buddhists, etc. I regard each path as equally valid, and am able to find no offense, fear, or anger when faced with any of them.

My advise is, try to find a safe haven in which you can work through your emotions. Whether this be with friends in person, a group online, or just between yourself and your journal, you need time to vent so that you can move on. Just like when ending any relationship.

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Comment by S E on August 11, 2009 at 1:19pm
Christian Bashing is a mildly entertaining hobby, if you pick the ones who have it coming =)
Comment by Sagemoon on August 11, 2009 at 8:01pm
I think Christian bashing is kinda like the grieving process. It's a natural part of separating yourself from a former religion. Other than that, bashing is just good old fashioned fun. People do it with politics, about their coworkers, against celebrities, etc.
Comment by LARZU 6 on April 4, 2010 at 1:26pm

I first would like to say that I believe individuals may follow what ever Goddess/ God they wish, its there right to do so, as long as they don’t come to my house and try to push it on to my family.

I will ask them no Questions of Jesus or Christianity, for he is only a man and nothing more. I will tell them, as I have before, to get off my land before I “Let The Dogs Out”.

All of Jesus’ teachings and the Christians structure were stolen from other gods and practices that far out date there young god, and most are from Paganism.

And I am not sorry to say that I may respect all or mother earth children but I will never give even one ounce of respect to a religion that tried to cleans the earth of any other believes outside of there own.
World wide, Christianities cleansing wars murdered hundreds of times more people than Hitler’s rule, yet they consider him the face of evil. Does this make them the body of evil???

Comment by Syri Whiteflame on April 4, 2010 at 11:17pm
Lmao I love the Thor poster, that's priceless!

Personally, I blame human nature rather than a specific god or religion for murder. I also remember that we have all done wrong, and it isn't as though pagan faiths didn't murder or commit genocide as well. In the case of Christianity... well, lions is all I have to say about that. And then they turned around and came at us with fire. It wasn't cool. Both sides were in the wrong. They acted out of fear and took advantage of their majority standing. But that seems to be a fundamental flaw of human beings in general. So I'll sigh and shake my head, but ultimately blame no one.
That said, I don't appreciate people coming to my door with their faiths, no. And you're well within your rights to tell them to leave or threaten to let the dogs loose. I understand that this is an element of their beliefs, but I couldn't disagree with it more. You share, sure, when asked or put in a situation in which sharing is welcome or desired. But you do not ever push or pry. That goes for anything really, but especially for world views such as religion and politics.

Yes Sagemoon, I think it is sort of like grieving. You have to mentally and emotional digest all the history there before you can move on. At least I know that was very true for me. It took quit a few years for me to come around to this state, and to be okay with Christians, and I didn't even really have any bad experiences to speak of. It was just a general dislike and minor issues with the people or even elements of the religion. You have to fight back against this, until you feel you've gained some safe level of distance.

That's true too S.E. I mean, you have to be a bit careful about who you're picking on, but sometimes a jerk will just stand up right in front of you and scream to be cut down to size. In these cases it can be both entertaining and rewarding, though I sometimes find it stressful too, so often I try to tear down their arguments with calm logic and avoid an out right fight. This preserves the pros and avoids most of the cons.
Comment by LARZU 6 on April 6, 2010 at 12:01am
I agree with you about war and destruction being human nature and I understand that we all have had our time as the bad guy, so to say.
I’m sorry if I upset anyone but I lived in Palmyra NY (the place where Mormonism started) for years and have moved one year ago to Macedon, the next town over.
And I can not get away from them; they come around house to house once a week out here.

Worst of all I can’t stand it when someone around me becomes a RE-BORN Mormon/Christian, they are the biggest assholes of all. Always trying tell everyone what to believe in, or “you’re going to hell”, just because they chose to change there lives in some way, they then think they can judge the rest of the world.

I’m putting up a fence.

Once again I’m sorry for blowing off steam on your Blog.

Dark Blessings from a Dark Sole

Comment by Syri Whiteflame on April 17, 2010 at 6:15pm
Oh no no, don't worry about it! I have totally been in your position before. In fact, I have a pair of Mormons right now who randomly call me, even though I've long since told them I'm not interested.

And "born agains" are really scary >.> so I totally sympathize with you! Hang in there though, and try not to let them get to you. It helps if you can come up with a good one liner to scare them all off, or at least to respectfully decline their offer.

For example, I tried telling these particular Mormons all sorts of things at first, and they just wouldn't listen. Finally I told them that I was become Jewish. That worked pretty well, as they left me alone for about a year and half after that. Now they're friends are calling though >.> so I guess I'll have to tell them I did end up becoming Jewish or something like that rofl.

It does get old though, and we all need a little safe space in which to bitch and let off steam about it. That too is human nature, after all ;)

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