“Satan Does His Finest Work in the Name of the Lord”
Since I’ve made myself so popular blogging about 9/11 Truthers and Ayn Rand, I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and go for broke. Well, its more complicated than that. I definitely have decided not to shy away from controversial topics any more though, the worst that can realistically happen is I will get hate mail. And that usually makes great blog fodder, so not a problem. It is also curious to me that even when I strike a relatively middle of the road stance on one of these controversial topics, I still get flak from some quarters. I can only imagine what kin of comments people that castigate Ayn Rand and 9/11 Truthers get.
Anyhow, I’ve become more open in my atheism lately. I’m still an agnostic in that I acknowledge that it is impossible to disprove the existence of an invisible supernatural all powerful being. And in fact I have no problem with Deism, the idea that God created the Universe via the Big Bang, but has not intervened since. And will not intervene, this universe and free will was his gift to us. And I don’t have a problem with religion, most of my friends are religious to one extent or another, heck, it wouldn’t be too far off to describe me as an Episcopalian Atheist. I do have a problem with one aspect of religion (and this should be no surprise to anyone who knows what Deism is,) and that would be organized religion.
Not all organized religion. Like organized crime and organized government, sometimes it works. No, right now, my loathing is directed at one particular organized religion. And that would be, for want of a better term, missionary evangelism. Now granted, I already was taking an extremely dim view of this faith due to their rejection of science, but something tipped me over the edge recently. This article: Turning Children Into Evangelists in Public Schools. More specifically, this paragraph:
“Then at a Transform World Connections conference in September 2009, a gathering of high-level mission strategists, Bush announced a new unifying vision for missionaries around the globe. He called it the “4/14 Window.” The largest and most strategic group of people in the world, he said, are children between the ages of four and fourteen. Kids are the key to the “Great Commission,” or the theological tenet, popular in the evangelical world, that there is a mandate to convert all of humanity to evangelical Christianity.”
Let me see if I understand this correctly. An organized group of evangelical missionaries has targeted children for conversion to their cult. I’m not sure what to be shocked at. The fact that people would do this and think it was OK, or that this sort of fascist nonsense gets more or less a free pass. Children are vulnerable. Children can’t defend themselves against sophisticated ideological recruitment campaigns. Children are children, not potential recruits for a church. If Scientologists, Satanists, or Muslims were going into America’s schools to deliberately recruit children into their faith, Americans would go nuts.
Words can’t describe how disgusting this is to me. That a faith would think it’s appropriate to deliberately target children shows how completely immoral these particular evangelicals are. It’s disgusting enough that they are trying to go around the world and convert people, but they don’t even have the common decency to respect that parents are the ones who should introduce their children to religion? And these people wrap themselves in the mantle of family values? Where, exactly, did Jesus exhort his followers to try and convert children? The mere fact that children are vastly easier to convert than adults, and that evangelicals would literally target them because of that, shows just how intellectually and morally bankrupt missionary evangelical Christianity is.
It was bad enough that these people are out to destroy science and turn public education into religious indoctrination, and insert their morals into public law, now they’re after America’s children? Well, they were already at war with America’s women, I guess this was the next logical step. I don’t care what people believe as long as they don’t scare the horses. This has the horses scared as hell. And me angry as hell. They are using America’s freedoms to destroy America from the inside out, and I do mean destroy. It’s the 21st century, not the 7th.
Expect future blogs on creation “science,” cult thinking, evangelical missionaries, anti-evolutionism, and related issues. I was reasonably diplomatic in my posts about 9/11 Truthers and Ayn Rand, since I have respect for many people who support same. And while I might argue that either of them isn’t the most positive influence on society, I don’t think either is a threat to the America our founding fathers dreamed of. Missionary evangelicals, people who want to remake America from childhood up into their medieval vision of a Christian nation, may be the death of us all. They are our Taliban.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. No idea who to attribute it to, it’s all over Facebook. That’s John Stewart of The Daily Show.)