It sounds like everyone's biggest beef with Christians is that they are close-minded and illogical, which makes them sort of like ... everyone else, just about different things. Why then are they always the target of such bile? I just don't understand it.
The word "Christians" is, first of all, the victim of slang; it essentially means "religion" in common parlance these days, and religion in general is what's pissing off more and more of the current younger generation.
My guess; religion is less and less tolerated by the younger generation because the type of religious people who are of a mind to talk about it are the type to make it very, very intrusive, the "I'm right and if you don't agree you're going to hell" kind, to varying degrees. The religion we have to listen to on a day to day basis is the stuff that's influencing how the world works and where the world is going because it's constantly a part of our leaders' decision-making process (particularly grating in the United States where the law explicitly says religion and politics are supposed to be separate and, yet, they're clearly not.) Frankly, people are sick of being told their behavior is wrong based on completely unprovable beliefs that, if taken out of the context established for them by their age and the institution, would be nothing more than high fantasy. (And of course, if you try to justify your unwillingness to believe based on lack of evidence, the natural response will be "You just need to learn to HAVE FAITH! Why can't you JUST HAVE FAITH?! You would FEEL BETTER if you just BELIEVED in god!" You just can't make it go away if you want nothing to do with it, it will
force itself on you.)
Are all people who hold religious beliefs complete asswipes who can't think for themselves? No, and plenty of them think the kind of person I just described is about as religious as a thumbtack. Are the majority
of them as I described? Hell if I know, but the majority of the ones in positions of power and authority
most definitely are, so that's what we get out of it, it's what we have to put up with on a day to day basis, and, frankly, it's starting to wear thin. Tolerance only goes so far, you can only smile and nod at stupid people doing stupid things because it's what they think God wants them to do for so long before you lose the ability to give two shits about whether or not your opinions about their beliefs offend them.This comment was edited on May 20, 2009, 15:49.
NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES THEY'RE IN MY EYES