Hat-tip to Zuzu at Feministe: there’s a site of a group calling itself the Christian Party, a stalwart defender of all that is good in the world and scourge of evil. Examples of evil include women, black people, Jews, science, history, and independent thought.
For example, their Black Exodus poll says that blacks and Hispanics are the cause of all problems in the US, that black people must be forcibly removed to Africa, and that without black people, the US crime rate would drop almost to zero. A few more claims on other pages include that the Holocaust was a myth (which it was – and I should know, my grandfather was one of the people who worked hard at making it up), that the Supreme Court is an enemy of the US, that 90% of all rape charges are lies, and that the abolition of slavery didn’t help black people.
Meanwhile, their slightly less insane brethren claim that evolution is racist and that liberals hate everyone who isn’t like them. Note to fundamentalist Christians: if you want me to take your claims to morality seriously, disown the Christian Party clowns.
Your last sentence hits one of my pet peeves. What would constitute sufficient disowning? Should every Christian begin conversations with you “Hi, I’m John, and I disown the Christian Party …”? Does the Southern Baptist Convention need to pass a resolution against it? Anyone who has made affirmative steps to own the CP obviously needs to make a public about-face, but it seems like repudiation from other folks just gives them more publicity. Oh, and can I see your list of extreme left-wing fringe groups that you formally disown (just the names is sufficient, since I’m sure the Maoist splinter groups alone number in the hundreds), just to make sure you haven’t missed any?
Well, I’m obviously not asking that every Christian publicly disown every violent Dominionist splinter group. That would be insane for the reasons you give. Rather, a better phrasing would be that I’m asking that Christians who talk about how the supremacy of Christian morality demonstrate that they recognize that groups like the Christian Party, or even Operation Rescue, exist.
An analogous situation would be a liberal atheist harping on how atheism is categorically peaceful and all of the world’s troubles are due to religion, without even mentioning communism. While this happens at times, most atheists acknowledge that communists are an example of non-religious totalitarians, but then show how secular humanism and communism are as different as each is from religion.
Your revised phrasing is indeed much better, and I have no quarrel with it when put that way. And I’m glad that, from the sound of your second paragraph, you’re not one of the atheists who tries to dodge the communism counter-example by claiming communism is actually a religion.
No, I’m definitely not. I do think communism shares far more sociological and political characteristics with religious fundamentalism than with secular humanism, but in general I separate metaphysics from politics. Metaphysically, there is no God, regardless of any political consequences of theism or atheism. Politically, certain political ideologies, including several secular ones as well as nearly all religious ones, are authoritarian, regardless of whether God exists.
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