Christophobia – Crazy Paranoia Until It Happens To You

The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

Image Credit: Father Doyle

There is a certain stereotype of the Agnostic/Atheistic Lefty. We think of them slapping a turtle-shaped bumper sticker on their Volvo that reads Darwin and saying to themselves “Ooooh! Burn, God Boy!” I imagine them actually paying Richard Dawkins at least $85 per month to prove that they’re more rational than I am for tithing on any given Sunday. They are the really smart people who walk into a room of religious people and pompously announce that adults with imaginary friends are stupid. Give them any push back and they’ll grandiloquently announce that they don’t force their beliefs on others, so therefore you shouldn’t either. Spend half a day around a dedicated member of Atheistkult; and you can be forgiven if you walk away believing that “atheist” is yet another fancy-sounding euphemism for “d—k.”

So I essentially think of atheists as your typical, pompous, hard-blowing, self-absorbed librawl jerks. When guilty of the venal sin of passive-aggression, I pray for them. I tend not to see much harm in Richard Dawkins charging you $85/Month to claim you’re enlightened. The ones I sometimes worry about are the ones stupid enough to actually pay him. But not everyone on the Right views them with the same cultivated air of disdain and contempt. Some on the Right actually fear atheistkult. Here is a blogger I’ve recently discovered and like:

The trouble is the people in charge of the country hate Christians with an intensity of a thousand suns. The Liberal Democrats, if they had the option, would make ISIS look multi-cultural. They would burn down every church in the country and ban the religion entirely.

(HT: Z-Blog)

I tend to ignore and avoid Christophobia. For one thing, I live in Alabama. You’d have a better career in politics carrying pictures of Chairman Mao than you would attempting to suppress God in Alabama. Only the SEC during football season attracts more followers every weekend. For another thing, if you read the fine print on Christianity you get warned right there in the product brochure.

21″Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22″You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved

(Matthew 10:21-22)

We don’t see too much of that in America. We’ve let the atheistkult types think of themselves as brilliant as they status-signal themselves right of the cliff into Hades. Yet every so often, if we follow Duck Dynasty, or pick the wrong day to have lunch at Chic-fil-A, we see the ugly tip of the Jesus-H8r Iceberg. Other times, we can see it in our schools. In Tennessee, a student recently got sent to in-school for saying the deplorable words “Bless You” after a classmate sneezed. Just how scary is Carl Sagan’s Demon Haunted World? The truly wicked and blackened Xian cess follows below.

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church. “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC. When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

If this teacher isn’t careful, the kids will smuggle flasks of something into her class and start to put obscure references to scripture into what they say in class. If Nurse Ratched catches on and puts crazy, religious people into detention, everyone takes a drink. The student remains confident that things will work out for the better. Her faith instills optimism – even in a fallen world.

“It’s alright to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Turner told WMC.

I tend to agree with Kendra Turner and would opine that the wonderfully rational Disciple of Dawkins teaching that particular class is following a surprisingly poor evolutionary strategy. My grubby little set of selfish genes don’t pity this fool in the slightest. And even if Z-Blog has the right of it and the days will grow still dimmer for Christians in America, we are far from the darkening nadir of the Christian experience. I just don’t picture the typical milquetoast Darwin’s Dipstick having the stomach to make anyone reenact the Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew. Even so, I may be far too facile in my dismissal of concern over growing Christophobia. It’s all paranoia until you are Kendra Turner, and it happens to you.