I’m going to make it simple, Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone writes in her latest article:

Nigerian Muslims in the city of Jos would kill 32 Christians, or that attacks on two churches in a neighbouring city would leave six more dead on Christmas Day. In Iraq, Christians were keeping a low profile during the holy days, lest they once again be the target of al-Qaeda bombs, like the one that claimed dozens of lives last October. In Vietnam, a campaign of intimidation against Christians has grown vicious.

In the context of all this, the persecution of Christians in this country can, of course, seem mild, if not comical. After all, being banned from wearing a crucifix to work is nothing in comparison to being thrown into jail. Christians in Iraq face being blown up – so should we care that Christian B&B owners in Britain are being forced to allow gay couples to share a bed?

Yet Christians should not accept intolerance at home simply because it carries less risk than abroad.

Now, let me just first say that I have not quoted Cristina out of context, I lifted that quote directly from her article and have not altered it in any way, even for the sake of brevity or clarity.

Let’s make it simple for you Cristina, Christians are persecuted when they are being directly targeted for bombings and sectarian violence, yes, however not being allowed to force your ridiculous beliefs upon everyone else and using your beliefs to justify the denial of other people’s rights is NOT PERSECUTION. I use capitals not to shout, but to emphasise, lest I be simply labelled as a loud, shouty atheist with no substance to my arguments. No, this deserves to be given emphasis. Secular society is not singling Christians out as a minority group that we wish to quash, we are applying the exact same standard to them to which we hold every single individual in our society.

The Jews were persecuted in Nazi Germany, their rights were taken away and they were the victims of genocide and violence. That is persecution. Being told, as a person providing a public service to the public, that your religious beliefs may not influence how you treat other people or the way in which you provide your service is NOT persecution. That’s called a coherent social standard to which everyone must adhere. Humanist celebrants cannot turn away Christians who wish to be joined, atheist police officials cannot be biased towards or against Muslims, every single individual person in our modern society is subject to the exact same standards that you find to be oppressive. Well, guess what? If you find that modern societies around the world do not allow you to do these things, it’s because those actions would reprehensibly impinge upon other people’s rights.

You are not special. We don’t particularly care about you, so stop crying wolf and become a proper human being for Chris’s sake (Chris is a nice guy, you know!)

She speaks of intolerance against Christians, well what kind of society should be tolerant towards intolerant views? The views of Christians would have gays turned away from public services simply due to one individuals devotion to the redundant and divisive babbling of a 2,000 year old book. They would have atheists forced to be subjected to religious pomp and ceremony in the public sphere where it does not belong. Christian views are divisive and have no place in a modern, pluralistic and moral society. Just like Islamic views and Jewish views and the views of Unitarians and any other organised religion you care to name. If your beliefs are intolerant, they will not be tolerated. That is not intolerance, that is a coherent social and moral system by which to frame society. And it works.

As a more straight spoken English person might say “jog on, Cristina Odone,” you have nothing worthwhile to contribute here when it is based in your narrow, sectarian ideals.



4 thoughts on “I’m going to make it simple, Cristina Odone

  1. Stonyground says:

    Well said. I would also add that Christians have a very long history of persecuting those who disagreed with them. This persecution was of the most extreme kind that history ever witnessed and quite a lot worse than a few extremists being told that the law applies to everyone, including them.

    • Yes, indeed, I totally agree. It’s rather ironic that as soon as we reach a point in human history where we’ve mostly moved past the barbaric days of Christian institutions persecuting every one who disagreed with them we find ourselves having to listen to claims that we are now persecuting Christians when, in fact, all we’re doing is treating them simply as members of our society. Ironic in the worst possible sense, of course…

  2. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who especially knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You already know how to bring an issue to light and make it critical. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  3. Thanks for this post. I conveniently agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my father so may possibly this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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