I admit I was not surprised with the results of the recent Pew Survey that showed atheists know more about Christianity and other religions than Christians. I took a short version of that same test online and correctly answered all questions except two. I’ve never been very good at accepting things on blind faith. I am always aware that the people in pulpits are only human like me–no better, no worse. Most of the stuff I’ve read about and heard coming from the mouths of these people frankly disgust me.
I could have given you hundreds of similar quotes, but here are ten random reasons I no longer feel the need to go to church.
1. Ladies and gentlemen, Christianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of ‘Where did I come from?’ ‘Why am I here?’ ‘Where am I going?’ ‘Does life have any meaningful purpose?’ Only Christianity offers a way to understand that physical and moral border. Only Christianity offers a comprehensive worldview that covers all areas of life and thought, every aspect of creation. Only Christianity offers a way to live in response to the realities that we find in this world–only Christianity. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas, on April 12, 2002 (Omigod! How am I going to tell this to my Hindu husband and his family? And how in the world did they grow up to be moral without a preacher to feed them drivel like this!)
2. “A religion that doesn’t discriminate wouldn’t exist, because it wouldn’t stand for anything.” –Janet Parshall, Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch Radio Commentary,” Sept. 1, 2000 comments about a church firing a lesbian worker. (Well, that certainly cleared things up for me! There are so many things that I could discriminate against, let me count the ways. I’d better get busy.)
3. “The end goal of gay activism is the criminalization of Christianity.” –Robert H. Knight, Director of Cultural Studies at FRC (family research council) a conservative, Christian rights group and lobbying organization. (Oh yes! Hell is certainly going to be interesting. And probably more fun. 😀 )
4. The Church doesn’t believe in book-burning, but it believes in restricting the use of dangerous books among those whose minds are unprepared for them. –Francis J. Lally, American Roman Catholic Monsignor during an interview with Mike Wallace in 1958. (Can I be on the committee that gets to decide which ones? Please, please, please!)5. “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good… Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.” –Randall Terry, The News Sentinel, (Ft. Wayne, IN.), 8/16/93 (I’m feeling it! Intolerance, yes! Hate, yes! Ooooh it feels so good.)
6. “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.” –Anita Bryant, 1977 (Everybody! Hide your children in the closet!)
7. “I want to coin a phrase here, and I don’t mind help. What would be the communication version of “ethnic cleansing?” Because that’s what in particular the homosexual activists try to do.” –Dr. Laura Schlessinger, August 11, 1999 (What? Now after that there’s the “n” word ? How many times does she say that everyday I wonder.)
8. “Women have babies and men provide the support. If you don’t like the way we’re made you’ve got to take it up with God.” –Phyllis Schlafly (Oh that Phyllis! Just a bundle of information.)9. The Media is ruled by Satan. But yet I wonder if many Christians fully understand that. Also, will they believe what the Media says, considering that its aim is to steal, kill, and destroy? The Evangelist, January 1988 (Gasp! And the Fox network had only been around two years when they printed that! How did they know?)
10. We don’t have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand. –James Watt, Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan. Washington Post, May 24, 1981. (Omigosh! I’m gonna fill my whirley water tub up to the rim tonight, fill it with bubbles, and shower it off for ten minutes tonight! Sure takes a lot of the pressure of saving the world off my shoulders.)