Friday, April 3, 2015

Huck Off

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee knows how to scare up a crowd.

He’s almost right.  Gay-rights activists won’t be satisfied until there are no more churches or Christians in America who treat the LGBT community as pariahs or who exploit their fear and loathing of them for money and political power.  As it is, there are plenty of churches and Christians who welcome the LGBT community.

Actually, most gay-rights activists don’t give a shit what the churches or Christians do as long as they leave the rest of us in peace.

One bark on “Huck Off

  1. In a way, Huckabee is right. If by “Christian” he means “self-absorbed, insular, adhering-to-5%-of-the-Book-they-claim-to-revere-in-toto, convinced that their little sect (which may only contain the members of their particular parish) is the only representation of True Christianity on Earth, victimhood-obsessed paranoids”, and by “gay rights activists” he means “anyone with a modicum of sense,” then there would be satisfaction in cordoning off the religiousistic wingnuts so they shrink to nothing. He doesn’t. But his definitions aren’t especially distinct from that: by his own admission he excludes about 80% (at the least) of Christendom when he talks about “Christians”, and he points to a handful of the loudest agitators against hate and bigotry when he discusses “gay rights activists”. His unwillingness to admit most Christians into his “Christianity,” and his refusal to see humanity in his opponents’ “activism” are telling.

    Huckabee’s comments are part and parcel of the means by which FundiEvangelical Xtians fool Christendom into taking their side. By complaining that “Christians” are at risk from some (typically outmatched) position, policy, or movement, they generate sympathy from Christians (who heretofore were largely unaware and/or unaffected). Missionary activity is especially useful to them in this context: “Christian” missionary work is often carried out in places where local Christians are as likely to be displeased at their activity as followers of other faiths, but the foreignness of the locale masks those conditions and enable underinformed but well-meaning Christians to lend them support. But when the situation is turned around – when Xtians demand policies or actions that meet their requirements – most Christians are excluded from their midst for (mainly liturgical reasons) as “not real Christians” or worse, and any non-Xtian Christian that is in need of assistance or support is abandoned because of his/her insufficient Faithfulness.

    They can’t have it both ways – and the sooner the rest of Christianity wises up and stops allowing them their bad behavior the better.

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