... and you know what that means. You're going to Hell.
Evangelical Christianity has become a cult. Does that sound like a game changing statement? It is, and it should be. We’re sounding the alarm. We hope some people listen. It’s not about Jesus any longer, and what he taught. It’s about thought control.
Over the last 35 years we’ve been the proverbial frog in the kettle. The water has gotten warmer and warmer and we’ve stayed in without asking questions. No one knows exactly when it happened but the water reached a boil, and our faith has been cooked beyond recognition. It’s reached the point where the doctrine we churn out is absurd.
Here are the “Six Sociological Characteristics of Cults,” as defined by Ron Rhodes, in “The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions: The Essential Guide to Their History, Their Doctrine, and Our Response.” (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), 31–34:
1.) Authoritarian Leadership. You have to see it our way. There are no other options.
2.) Exclusivism. We’re the only ones who are right.
3.) Isolationism. There’s us and there’s them. You can’t be part of both.
4.) Opposition to Independent Thinking.
5.) Fear of Being “Disfellowshiped.”
6.) Threats of Satanic Attack. Members may be told that something awful will happen to them should they choose to leave the group and its way of thinking, and Satan will be behind it.
Now let’s read a brief excerpt from the beginning of the book “Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics,” by Jonathan Dudley, Crown Publishers, (2011-04-05).
We believe this is a must read book for Christians who vaguely, or not so vaguely, realize that something has gone very wrong:
I learned a few things growing up as an evangelical Christian: that abortion is murder; homosexuality, sin; evolution, nonsense; and environmentalism, a farce. I learned to accept these ideas— the “big four”— as part of the package deal of Christianity. In some circles, I learned that my eternal salvation hinged on it. Those who denied them were outsiders, liberals, and legitimate targets for evangelism. If they didn’t change their minds after being “witnessed to,” they became legitimate targets for hell.
In this book, I explore these ideas, the “big four,” from the perspective of one racked with ambivalence toward the evangelical community. Racked with ambivalence, I say, because I am emotionally attached to the evangelical culture. I grew up in it; all of my family and most of my childhood friends are from it; and I have many fond memories of singing songs at Bible camp, playing drums in my church’s praise band, and reciting Bible verses in Sunday school. But I am intellectually turned off by much of the evangelical culture. Its homogeneity, politicization, naive views of biblical interpretation, embrace of pseudoscience —they all serve to turn me away. I also explore the “big four” ideas as a seminary graduate and, now, aspiring medical scientist, and one whose theological and scientific training results in a rejection of standard evangelical thought on the big four issues. This background is especially appropriate because all four topics involve the Bible and biology: Life begins at conception and terminating it before birth is murder. Homosexuality is an abomination and gays don’t have to be gay. Intelligent design is the best synthesis of biochemistry with belief in God. Global warming is a myth and the earth will be destroyed when Jesus comes back anyway.
When the Bible and biology are mixed in this way, the products are boundaries. The preceding stances on each issue, in the eyes of many, define the perimeter of the evangelical community. Like walls surrounding a city, the issues serve to distinguish evangelical insiders from nonevangelical outsiders. If you don’t think life begins at conception, or you believe gay marriage is OK, chances are many evangelicals won’t see you as a fellow Christian. When Richard Cizik, head of the National Organization of Evangelicals, declared in 2007 he believes in human-made global warming, going counter to the views of many evangelicals, who have long insisted that global warming is a hoax, evangelical leaders demanded he resign. During the 2008 Saddleback Forum, when Barack Obama told Rick Warren he’s not quite sure when life begins, his response was immediately distributed to evangelicals as proof that McCain (who told Warren that life begins at the moment of conception) was the evangelicals’ candidate. When the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted to support gay marriage in 2009, and a tornado occurred on the same day, a leading evangelical pastor declared that God sent the tornado to punish the church. Evangelicals continue to rally around intelligent design and evince grave suspicion toward evolutionary theory. When evangelical pastor Greg Boyd wrote a book arguing that evangelicals needn’t be Republicans in 2007, he lost 20 percent of his five-thousand-person congregation. The problem is not so much that evangelicals are generally Republican as that valid perspectives are squelched, while perspectives that are substantially weaker (as I will argue) are held up as defining “orthodoxy” for evangelicals.
For me, the function of these beliefs as litmus tests for Christian faith is not just an observation of the culture from afar. It is profoundly personal. I recall several stories, whispered in hushed, solemn tones after church, about the latest members who had “wandered from the faith.” This often referred to supporting a pro-choice politician or accepting the theory of evolution. Assenting to the big four, on the other hand, was taken as evidence of moving into the faith, crossing from worldly to Christian and entering the kingdom community. A church friend once commented, “God’s been working in my neighbor’s heart lately.” How did my friend know? Over the years the neighbor had gradually switched from supporting gay rights to opposing them.
Let everything you've read above sink in a bit. The conclusion is undeniable. Now for the scary part. The list is getting longer and it's driving national policy!
What constitutes "the list" is debatable but one thing is for sure, it's growing!
Here are some notable new additions to "the big four."
5.) You can't be a liberal;
6.) You can't vote for any other party but the Republicans;
7.) You can't support President Obama on anything and he's a Muslim anyway;
8.) Islam is NOT a religion of Peace
It's beyond time for the followers of Jesus to speak up. The extremists have taken over the camp and they're running the show, and the nation. It is no longer Christianity. It's a cult. Now what are we going to do about it?
Pope Francis is just a man, and he doesn't like to be put up on a pedestal. He says he's "a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person." He's not Superman.
It's a little hard sometimes to honor his request. We have not seen the likes of this man in our lifetime. He has to be a nearly perfect example of what it means to follow Jesus.
We are by no means comparing ourselves to him but the things he says are the same things we've been saying for 5 years! Jeepers! Talk about confirmation.
Somewhere along the line, about 35 years ago, American Christianity began to lose its identity. Over the course of those 35 years it has become much worse, something not even recognizable. It's something different now. It's Something very different.
There haven't been very many folks to look up to as leaders lately. Most of the leaders speak of ideological rhetoric now, not the Gospel. It's been a long 35 years for some of us Christians. We've been in the desert.
That's why Pope Francis has been a tall, cool glass of water for us and our hearts jump for joy as we watch him clarify what following Jesus is, and what it is not.
It's really, really hard for some of us not to make him bigger than life. For so long we have looked for a leader who followed Jesus, and condemned the perverted ideology which took its place.
Let's take a closer look at this man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone else.
He has no problems with evolution, declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not “a magician with a magic wand.” He says both evolution and the Big Bang are not incompatible with the existence of God. In fact, he says, they “require it.”
He speaks against unnecessary spending by the Church and during his Christmas address he scolded the senior clergy, chastising the power-hungry, “diseased” culture of the Vatican. He accused the priests, bishops and cardinals of suffering from “existential schizophrenia” and “spiritual Alzheimer’s,” adding that many are guilty of “rivalry and vainglory”.
He ordered “the Bishop of Bling,” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, a German bishop in Limburg, out of his extravagant diocesan residence and accepted his resignation after he had just spent 100’s of thousands of dollars refitting it with things like a $20,0000 bathtub.
He has opted to be driven around in a second-hand Renault rather than the sleek black limousines, and decided to live in a modest Vatican guesthouse rather than the Vatican’s grand apostolic apartments. He accuses some of church's leaders of being “narcissists.”
He does kind things for the afflicted like taking a boy with Down's Syndrome for a ride in the Popemobile. He embraces and kisses people with hideous diseases that make then look grotesque and disfigured, like a man named Vinicio Riva.
He denounces the judgment of homosexuals, saying "Who am I to judge them if they're seeking the Lord in good faith?"
He held a major ceremony at the chapel of a youth prison. While there he washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders. He also broke tradition by washing the feet of women and Muslims.
He urges the protection of the environment saying, “When I look at so many forests, all cut, that have become land, that can longer give life. I see this is our sin, exploiting the Earth. This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.”
He personally called and consoled a victim of rape telling her, “You are not alone,” adding to have faith that justice will be done.
Like his predecessor, Pope Francis believes in universal health care, and he does not believe health care is solely the job of churches, charities and individuals. "I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, and the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare." he states.
The Pope knows that Christ's commands are universal. They apply not only to individuals, but to governments and businesses as well.
There seems to be a real shortage of the kinds of politicians Pope Francis is begging for. Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the few we know of. Tragically, there are plenty of politicians who stand for the opposite point of view, like the freshman Senator from Iowa Joni Ernst, who categorically states "The reason Republicans oppose Obamacare is because the job of caring for the poor is simply not the purview of government. The poor," she said, "should rely on churches and charitable organizations for help."
Politicians like Ernst, a self-proclaimed "Christian," want the United States to be a "Christian Nation" when it comes to the Federal Government policing your bedroom, what you do with your penis or vagina, who you love and want to marry, your private reproductive decisions, and your uterus. Their "Christian Nation" carries out vengeance against Muslims via endless wars that no one ever wins. But when it comes to the actions that Jesus instructed his followers to carry out, like taking care of the least of these, "that's simply not the purview of government."
It's quite apparent that they haven't the foggiest idea what being a Christian really means since it entails following the instructions of the center of the faith, a guy named Jesus. And as the Pope explains, his instructions aren't "just for individuals," they are for individuals, governments, businesses, churches, charities ... everyone, and every single human endeavor. Jesus doesn't care how we get it done he just wants us to get it done, using every resource possible. Every single resource.
Conservatives like to throw out one of their favorite mantras, "Jesus said the poor will always be among us." They have neglected to educate themselves beyond the silly mantras they use to justify their ideology. Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 15:11, which states: "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land."
Francis sneaks out of the Vatican with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski dressed as an ordinary priest to feed the homeless.
He auctioned off his prized Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit the homeless.
He acknowledged that atheists can be good people and he invited them to work with him saying, "I invite non-believers who desire peace. Join us with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace.” He said nothing judgmental about them, just "Let's work together for the common good of all of mankind."
He condemns the global financial system and is particularly hard on trickle-down economics, also known as Reaganomics or supply-side economics. He decries an “idolatry of money” in secular culture and warned that it would lead to “a new tyranny.”
He wrote in his Papal statement, “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
He fights child abuse, overhauling Vatican law to specify sexual violence against children as a crime. Five months later, he established a commission to advise him on how to protect children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims. He has made public apologies on behalf of the church and begged for forgiveness for its horrible crimes against children throughout the ages. He has vowed to completely overhaul the system that allowed it to happen in the first place.
He condemns the violence of the Syrian civil war and of all wars. “When man thinks only of himself, of his own interests and places himself in the center, when he permits himself to be captivated by the idols of dominion and power, when he puts himself in God’s place, then all relationships are broken and everything is ruined; then the door opens to violence, indifference, and conflict. This is precisely what the passage in the Book of Genesis seeks to teach us in the story of the Fall: man enters into conflict with himself. Conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation. Look upon your brother’s sorrow – I think of the children, look upon these - look upon your brother's sorrow, and do not add to it, stay your hand, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered. War is always a defeat for humanity."
Ex Vice President Dick Cheney, mastermind of everything George W. Bush did doesn't see it that way, and neither do most Republicans. Cheney pops up every chance he gets to criticize President Obama and "his serious lack of leadership in foreign policy (i.e., not starting enough new wars)." He and his daughter formed a 501c4 not long ago and made an embarrassing commercial insulting the President. "Forget Food Stamps and Highways!. Spend More on the Military!" said the former CEO of Halliburton, one of the biggest players in the Global Military Industrial Complex, and whose headquarters are now in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If the White House ever falls into Republican hands again, you better believe Cheney and his minions will have their hands on policy, no matter who the President is. In fact, they'll welcome his advice and use his network
Republicans are always saying that President Obama lacks leadership in foreign relations. Why? Because he didn't stay in Iraq or Afghanistan (the longest US war ever) and he hasn't invaded Iraq again. He hasn't invaded Russia or Iran either! What republicans fail to realize is that there is no winning in that part of the world. It just becomes a war that never ends and that's exactly what they'll start if they ever have the power again, an endless war in the middle east. We don't say these things to be partisan. These are just the facts based on what republicans have said themselves.
The Pope often speaks out against the Church’s "obsession" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception saying, “the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality, and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice "like a house of cards". The Church has "locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules" and should not be so prone to condemn.
“In ideologies there is not Jesus: his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought. Ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, these ideological Christians have. It is an illness.”
The Pope called on Christians and Muslims to cooperate and to serve mankind with the “light of God's truth,” and warned that extremists in nations such as Iraq were exploiting religious differences for political and violent agendas. He didn't insult the Muslim faith. He respected it and called for cooperation. That's the way he rolls. He's a humble Christlike man, with everyone, including children who showed him how a "selfie" is done.
He invited four homeless people to his 77th birthday party, which he celebrated with Vatican staff and their families.
He once refused to send away a child who had run up on stage to hug him.
Seems like he might have read Luke 14: 12-14 “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned—oh, how it will be returned!—at the resurrection of God’s people.”
Just like Jesus often did, Pope Francis often breaks with "tradition." like the time he confessed his sins in public. He was leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica when it came time to hear confessions. Instead of heading into an empty confessional to hear the confessions of fellow priests, Francis walked across the aisle and knelt before a priest.
Who does that? The humble Christlike leader of the Catholic Church, that's who.
Pope Francis is a reformer. That much is obvious. Sometimes those who elected him aren't quite as enthusiastic about all this reform business. He's messing around with the comfortable lives some of them have built for themselves. He even calling some of them names! Oh the horror! Who would stoop to calling names!? That's just not Christian like! Well, Apparently Pope Francis missed that memo because he's called some of the Catholic leadership narcissists who have missed the point entirety.
Francis, has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church. One that looks more like Jesus. He's trying to set the Church on a new path, toward an evangelizing style that is less focused on doctrine and more willing to invite people in, no matter what their status. Some people don't like that idea.
During a recent closed session conservative bishops reversed parts of an official Church document that would have had an historic upbeat tone regarding gays, cohabitation, re-marriage, and same-sex couples among other themes. They said it would “create confusion among the faithful and threatened to undermine the traditional family.”
The Pope responded by saying, “God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.”
Some people say Francis hasn't done enough. Why hasn't he changed church doctrine to allow women in the priesthood, priests to marry, gay priests, LGBT marriage equality, and a new pronouncement that there is no hell.
Wait. What? He hasn't done enough? Who were they expecting? Superman?
Hell is a complex topic and it deserves its own permalink on our website.
Most of what people think they know about hell is wrong, so we'll be taking an in depth look at hell right here.
Abortion is a made up issue designed to coalesce a right-wing political movement. It isn’t even mentioned in the Bible unless you consider the obvious implications of the ordeal of the bitter water in Numbers 5.
Everyone has a right to make their own decisions about abortion and we believe if someone is against it they shouldn't have one. No one has the right to impose their beliefs on this topic on others, especially when right-wing Biblical interpretations are fabricated for political purposes.
Most conservative "Christians" won't read won't read any further than this. They just can't handle hearing something that could bring down their entire psychological house of cards. That means it's up to us to educate ourselves and educate those around us who will listen.
It's very interesting to note that in Jewish law and tradition an unborn fetus is not considered a person (Heb. nefesh, lit. “soul”) until it has been born. The fetus is regarded as a part of the mother’s body and not a separate being until it begins to egress from the womb during parturition (childbirth).
Things haven't always been the way they are now with American Christianity.
A 1968 a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, refused to characterize abortion as sinful, citing 'individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility' as justifications for ending a pregnancy.
In 1973, Wallie Amos ‘W. A.’ Criswell, President of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1968 to 1970, had this to say:
“I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person, and it has always, therefore, seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed."
Enter con-man Paul Weyrich, the late religious conservative political activist, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, and Godfather of The “Christian” Right, who literally shopped various issues trying to galvanize a conservative “Christian” movement.
His hypothetical “moral majority” needed a catalyst—a standard around which to rally. For nearly two decades, Weyrich, by his own account, had been trying out different issues, hoping one might pique evangelical interest: pornography, prayer in schools, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, even abortion. “I was trying to get these people interested in those issues and I utterly failed,” Weyrich recalled at a conference in 1990.
The 1978 Senate races demonstrated to Weyrich and others that abortion might motivate conservatives where it hadn’t in the past. He saw his opening and he never looked back. He and his buddies Francis Schaeffer, Jerry Falwell, Richard Viguerie, and others were off and running in the creation of The "Christian" Right.
This article in Politico explains the entire early ugly history in great detail. It is a must read. ... As you will learn, abortion was just a ploy to rally a herd mentality. Bigotry was the real motivation behind the madness of Paul Weyrich and his bunch.
There are of course many other facets to this story. Frank Schaeffer picks up where Politico left off in his book,
"Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back."
Frank's book is another "must read" for seekers of the Truth.
The article, "The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal" does a great job of explaining the bizarre, cult-like shift that has taken place over the last 3 decades with regard to how Christianity views abortion.
After 34 years of constant messaging The Christian Right Industrial Complex has become a Billion Dollar Empire. Before every Presidential Election the key operatives get in their private jets, meet at an arranged location, and ordain their chosen candidate for President. Then they get back in their jets and fly back to their tax exempt havens. In 2012 they ordained Rick Santorum.
Ever since the above described shift began pseudo-religious, political operatives like Tony Perkins and "The Family Research Council" have conducted a multiple decade propaganda / brainwashing campaign that would make Joseph Goebbels proud! Wouldn't you know it? The motto of the Family Research Council is "Pro Marriage & Pro Life." Those two terms are dog whistles for "Anti LGBT Equality & Anti Choice." They've cherry-picked a few scriptures and twisted them to mean something they don't. Let's look at some of those scriptures. Analysis below from "The Bible is Pro-Choice," by Joyce Arthur.
The first such passage is found in Psalm 139:13-16:
"For Thou didst form my inward parts; thou didst weave me together in my mother's womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
All this passage states is that God is directly involved in the creation of a fetus and knows its future. This is useless for the anti-choice position, since God creates all living things, including trees and bugs. Plus, just because God is supposedly omniscient doesn't give fetuses any special status—it simply means God already knows whether they will live or die. It is dishonest to conclude from this verse that a fetus is a human being deserving of more protection than women. The passage is poetic prose that anti-choicers have twisted and trivialized by giving it a literal, objective meaning where there is none.
The second passage used by anti-choicers is similar:
"Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you'..." (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
Unfortunately, anti-choicers usually stop right there, and forget the rest of Verse 5, which negates their preferred meaning:
"...'and I appointed you a prophet to the nations.'"
This passage is specific to one, very special person—Jeremiah the prophet, whom God has called to provide miraculous powers and authority to the world. Since we are not all destined to be divine prophets, this verse cannot be construed as applying to any fetus except the unborn Jeremiah. Again, anti-choicers are being dishonest by pulling this verse totally out of its context.
The third passage quoted by anti-choicers tells the story of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary the mother of Jesus, while both were pregnant:
"In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." (Luke 1:39-41)
This passage simply records a fetus kicking in the womb. We can only wonder in befuddlement why anti-choicers think this would help them. Besides, John the Baptist is yet another divine fetal prophet ordained by God. Since very few of us are chosen by God before birth to herald the arrival of the Messiah on earth, we cannot claim that this passage venerates all fetuses.
End of content from "The Bible is Pro-Choice."
Conservative "Christians" actually get extremely hostile about this issue. Abortion and LGBT equality are the only two flimsy reasons they have to cling their twisted right-wing ideology. Deep down they must know on some level that right-wing ideology and the teachings of Jesus Christ just don't go together. They don't line up. They don't fit. To alleviate their cognitive dissonance they have to demonize and scapegoat others. Liberals become "Baby Killers." LGBT folks are an "abomination," and a threat to the fabric of society and "good, clean Family Values."
It's really sad that modern Christianity has been led down this ugly road.
Again, conservative "Christians" won't read this article. It's up to us to educate ourselves and educate those around us who will listen.
There is a long list of excellent resources about this topic. We suggest you read as many of them as you can. The more you know the better equipped you will be with the next hostile conservative "Christian" you encounter.
For some more history check out, The Not-So-Lofty Origins of the Evangelical Pro-Life Movement. and How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement.
This is an excellent article and very exhaustive and well researched.
Here's our take on the topic, which currently has 93,000 likes.
What Does it Mean to Be Pro-Life? is another.
Read "The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood if you get the chance. It's a scary look at what far-right Schlafly/Perkins-type ideals might look like if carried to extremes in a monotheocratic government.
Conservative "Christians" have all manner of mantras they repeat over and over again. Several examples include, "There's no such thing as The Christian Left," "The Christian Left is an oxymoron," "You can't be a Christian and a Liberal," "You can't be a Christian and be pro-choice."
Once again all of the above are lies they have to tell themselves to avoid cognitive dissonance. The new Pope seems pretty liberal on quite a few topics as far as we can tell. Jimmy Carter is one of the best examples of following Jesus ever to hold public office. The Kennedy Family is pretty darn liberal and they're Christians. Then again, there's a block of fundamentalists who think that Catholics aren't Christians, which is ludicrous.
A whole lot of Christians must have voted for Barack Obama, twice, for him to be elected by the largest margins in recent elections.
In fact, there's an organization called the Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice which consists of more than 40 denominations and faith groups who educate and promote issues of reproductive choice.
Don't ever let any of your conservative "Christian" friends or family shout you down on this or any other issue again. Their ridiculous mantras are nothing more than pure silliness. Fewer and fewer people buy them. They are the reason so many people want nothing to do with organized religion, which is sad, because their rhetoric is a pack of extremist fabrications.
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