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Mocking Christianity

By Washington Times

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Atheists think they're on the march, "like a mighty army," as a favorite hymn of the church describes the followers of the Christ, and this angers and dispirits many Christians - before, during and after Holy Week.

The mockery of Christianity, and not just the ridicule of individual Christians, has even won the sanction of the courts. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will sanction everything weird and contentious, ruled in 2011 that "hostility to religion" is OK, after a 16-year-old Mormon boy sued his teacher for ridiculing him for his beliefs, saying there was no more evidence of the works of God than "there is a giant spaghetti monster living behind the moon." The class was expected to reward him with a hearty laugh.

Such contempt is not just here, either. In Britain, the BBC commissioned a study to ask why Christians have become the butt of so many "fashionable" jokes. Ann Widdecombe, a novelist, onetime Tory member of Parliament and generally a pricker of intellectual pretense, said the BBC asked her to look at why mockery of Christians has become so prevalent "and to try to explain to a secular world why it matters so much to Christians."

It matters because nobody likes to hear his most sacred convictions of conscience mocked, and particularly if his are the only such convictions of conscience ridiculed.

Television producers, she observed, feign respect for (or more likely, fear of) the followers of Islam and avoid laughing at the Prophet or exploiting abundant opportunities for poking fun. She cataloged a long list of examples of mockery and ridicule of Christianity.

She had to get special permission to watch one program that had made even the BBC executives retch and lock it in the vaults, where it could never be seen in public.

In the program, two "skeptics" yukked it up with a representation of the body and blood of Christ, putting chutney on a Communion wafer and ordering two bottles of wine to go with it.

It was an episode of a sketch comedy series, and one of the creators, Anil Gupta, professed not to understand why anyone would take offense.

"Stand-up comics tend to make two assumptions," Miss Widdecombe concluded, "that Christians have no sense of humor and that all their audiences are unbelievers. The first [assumption] is so ignorant as to need no answer but the second explains the trend towards thinking that even the most sacrilegious mockery can be fun. Such comics work on the principle that only stupid people believe in God and that their audiences are too intelligent to do so and will therefore share any joke directed at any aspect of religion."

Once a taboo in America, aggressive atheism has slipped poison into the mainstream and become a fashionable potion in the salons of the elite.

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens have made millions - well, a lot of thousands, anyway - with books espousing the joys and consolations of their faith in, by definition, nothing. This is evidence that a black hole may be better than no hole at all.

In fact, there's even a chaplain for atheists at Harvard, though it's not clear what an atheist could want from a minister to the soul. ("Please help me, Padre, I'm afraid I'm coming to believe in God.") Since atheists want to borrow customs and rituals from the religious, we can expect they'll soon organize themselves to endow colleges and hospitals and contribute millions to the lame, the halt and the poor.

The late Mr. Hitchens, a fine and friendly fellow when he stepped down from his soapbox, said religion, though not necessarily believers in religion, "should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt." In the weeks he lay dying he seemed haunted by a fear that at the end he would reach for the consolations of faith, and warned everyone that if anyone heard that he had had a deathbed conversion not to believe it. Curious, and ineffably sad.

Christ told his disciples to expect the scorn of the world and be not dismayed by it, that theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But it's hard to remember Christ's counsel, to forgive and pray for those who revile the faith and speak the name of Jesus Christ only as an oath. Christians could remember the story of the blacksmith and a visitor who watched as the smithy pounded hammer and iron against his anvil.

"My, my," said the visitor. "You must wear out a lot of anvils."

"No," the smithy replied. "My great-grandfather used this very anvil. But I do wear out a lot of hammers."

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.

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  1. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    April 3, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Ones relationship with GOD is entirely between them and GOD. GOD allows us the freedom to choose, some choose not to have a relationship with GOD. The worlds immoral political system has made it, politically incorrect to worship YHWH GOD, because they want to be in control. Once one has a true relationship with GOD and knows Jesus Christ it is the most honored and valuable thing in their lives. The sad thing as I see it, is that the political and social systems discourage the young people from trying to find a relationship with GOD.

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  2. NewsWatcherComment by NewsWatcher
    April 3, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    This should be no surprise …

    “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.” Acts 5:41

    .. the only surprise is that there are many who openly state that there is no attack on Christians or Christianity.

    Though they say or do as they will .. “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 3, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      “The mockery of Christianity, and not just the ridicule of individual Christians, has even won the sanction of the courts.”

      This is just another sign of the times and how near we are to seeing the end. Christians, “Look up for your redemption draws nigh”.

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  3. lwessonComment by lwesson
    April 3, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    None other than the swell pontificator of pontificators, Bill O’Reilly, just last night was telling us Sheeple, who he looks after, that “BIBLE THUMPERS” were losing the battle for marriage verses the “obviously implied” well articulated, sophisticated pro Gay Marriage message crowd. “Bible Thumpers”? Kind of a casual crude attack on Christians, but encouraged no doubt by those that write your paycheck, Billy Boy.

    The FOUNDERS, Mister Bill, were Bible Thumpers for the most 98%+ part. Per their Representative Republic, they opined (word of the day) that The People MUST be a Moral, Religious people for their experiment to work in the long run. Oh, ignored now, The People must also come from similar stock, culture, faith… Heretical fact I know yet Billy likes facts, so he says.

    To bring down Western Civilization, Communists long ago hammered out a, “To do List”. Scything–cutting down Christianity, perverting it, diluting it… is a must. Having Mosques replacing England’s Cathedrals is just peachy. Encouraging moral relativism, encouraging DIVERSITY is a must. Put on the fast track, more Muslims to the US, Europe…

    The LEFT or as PRAVDA calls them, Communists, have hijacked the so called “Media” the Universities… they have permeated into the general consciousness a kind of “autoimmune” self destructiveness that O’Rielly clearly has, leaning to being “compassionate” “open minded” “fair” only if it is popular or makes you feel good. Feeling Good, that is ALL that it is about Sheeple! Graze on…

    Laura Ingram with a beautiful gold Cross around her neck, was listening to Mister Bill berate her, belittle her… for standing up for moral Christians who are doing battle with the Homosexual Agenda. Stand firm Laura, stand firm.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 4, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      Secular Liberals want us all to forget our history and the source from whom all our American Blessings flow. We have rights and liberties, freedom of conscience, freedom of association,personal property rights which do not come from the government, which do not come from the will of the majority, which do not come from THE STATE.These rights and liberties come from God and when the state acts like they are God then it is the state, not God who assumes the power to be able to take our rights away. This is why we were given our 2nd ammendment rights and why our Republic has lasted for over 200 years. When this concept of a guiding divine hand of providence is replaced by the fallable hand of incompetency, then America will be defeated which is why socialist seculars attack and mock the thing that brings AMerica her strength, faith in an infinitely higher power which we seek to emulate,and acquire while all they offer is the finite immediate gratification which is always followed infinite death and destruction that like the finger of the passover death passed America for a quarter of a millenia but has come back to hover at our door thanks to their unnatural acts that mock the hand of providence and commander of nature.

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  4. Comment by Anonymous
    April 3, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Christians and Atheists both are trying to convince themselves and others what can’t be proven and has to be accepted only on blind faith and dogma. Christians can’t prove God exists and the Atheists can’t prove God doesn’t. As an agnostic I believe both camps need to have their heads candled.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      April 3, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

      Anonymous – your view is very wrong and offensive to Christians. As an agnostic, you are not qualified to judge that the Christian God has to be accepted only on blind faith. People that have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal saviour and recognize that he died on the cross for all our sins have something that you do not have. Those that believe and serve God have a real realtionship with him that can never be understood by reprobates and those that denigh him.

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    • BarleyWaterComment by barleywater
      April 3, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      As a professed agnostic, you allow yourself a fluffy, self-satisfied, noncommital, “oh, there is probably a higher intelligence out there but who knows what” belief that is even evidenced by your Anonymous title. If you would like to be taken seriously, grow some conviction and speak of it rather than simply insulting people when you really are fairly clueless. I do not need scientific proof that God exists to believe that God exists. I feel His presence as a blind person feels the sun and knows it is there, though he has never seen it.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 3, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

      “Christians can’t prove God exists and the Atheists can’t prove God doesn’t.”

      Anonymous, Christians are not required to “prove that God exists”. God did that himself and in the Bible, His word, He says that those who don’t believe have no excuse because even nature attests to the fact that He exists.

      As a Christian I am not required to prove anything to you. I just rely on what God said, and one of the things He said was that one day EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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    • sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
      April 3, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      oh but i disagree GOD is love,charity,good deeds that pulling deep in the pit of your stomach pulling at you to do the right thing all things good and what are atheist but an empty shell you believe in nothing past this short life on earth ever bent on telling me there is no god

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  5. republicComment by republic
    April 3, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
    Matthew 10:13-15

    Atheists have chosen whom they will serve out of their own free will. Leave them to it. Mocking is merely “self-talk.”

    There are so many who are hungry for the goodness of God in their lives but have not heard; let’s focus on them.

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  6. ronin707Comment by ronin707
    April 3, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    For thousands of years Christians killed millions of people for not believing in their god and now they are angry for being mocked? Religion and Faith have done good things, but they have also been responsible for some of the worst atrocities in human history. I’m curious on how the author feels that atheists borrow customs from religion? Christmas is not even a christian tradition. The Tree, Gift exchange, Even the date of Christmas, December 25, was borrowed from another religion. At the time Christmas was created in AD 320, Mithraism was very popular. The early Christian church had gotten tired of their futile efforts to stop people celebrating the solstice and the birthday of Mithras, the Persian sun god. Mithras’ birthday was December 25. So the pope at the time decided to make Jesus’ official birthday coincide with Mithras’ birthday. I was a believer for 27 years and then one day I started asking questions. For example…John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” – This has never made sense to me for numerous reasons. A) God/Jesus are one in the same, so really he sent himself B)It’s not like he sacrificed something, he did get his son back, or himself back C) He already knew what was going to happen, so there really was no risk. -D) If god sent his son/himself to die so people could be saved what happened to the people that died before he sent his son/himself? –
    Other issues I have are God asking Abraham to kill his own son to prove his love even though he already knew the answer…that is not the action of perfect supreme being, it’s petty and sad. – Christopher Hitchens had no problem with people staying in their own sandbox and believing whatever they want to believe, but when you start using your personal religious beliefs to change public policy or justify taking rights from individuals that is where I and many others draw the line. Right now One in five Americans have no religious affiliation and the number is growing every day as more people realize they can think for themselves and do not have to believe in fairy tales to make their lives meaningful. If what you believe makes you happy, then by all means continue to believe it, but don’t expect others to feel the same way, especially those of us who require actual proof and not faith.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 3, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

      “For thousands of years Christians killed millions of people for not believing in their god and now they are angry for being mocked?”

      ronin707

      Why don’t you make such indictments against Islam? The thing I don’t understand from atheists, agnostics, and other non-Christian groups is the fact that that all say “believe what you want”, but they insist on attacking every time a Christian says or does something they don’t like. Why don’t your groups and others like the ACLU ever go after Muslims, Buddhists, etc?

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      April 3, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

      Had it not been for the organized Christian church, Muslims would have spread largely unchecked throughout Europe. It is curious how the sanctimonious tirades about Christianity are so freely, casually tossed about.

      Charles Martel, The Hammer, stopped the lovely Muslim hoards in Tours, France! At the Gates of Vienna, Austria, again those cuddle baby Muslims were once again stopped. The Crusades are mocked, and were bloody affairs, but they put pressure on “The Religion of Peace” and that is a bad thing? Too bad that they were not completely successful, The Crusaders that is.

      Ronin per Japanese, means a Samurai who has lost his master or has been rejected by such… having lost his lands, if I recall correctly. A kind of “Free Range” Samurai. No Christianity = no Europe. As to whether the Asians would have tolerated sweeping waves of Muslims, I will bow to the Shinto Japanese and what they think and do per anyone mocking or attacking them.

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    • ronin707Comment by ronin707
      April 3, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

      I think it may appear that way to you, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens all attacked Islam. In fact there’s an article that states Harris has gone to far with his rhetoric on Islam. I for one don’t feel the article is fair to Harris.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/03/sam-harris-muslim-animus

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 3, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

      “I think it may appear that way to you, but that is the farthest thing from the truth.”

      Are you serious? How many Christians have you heard calling for beheading a cartoonist because of some blasphemy against Christianity? Then how many Muslims have you seen kill people because they felt their “prophet” has been disrespected?

      I have seen colleges provide special accommodations to Muslims so they can practice their religion. I have seen employers required to allow Muslims extra time off during the day for their religious prayers. I can show you streets in New York City that are completely BLOCKED on Friday afternoons with dozens of Muslims “praying in the street”. But you let a Christian mention praying in public or displaying a Christian symbol, and the atheists with the help of the A.C.L.U. will destroy them.

      You hypocritically talk about Christians killing “millions” of people, but you ignore the fact that Christians were being slaughtered by Muslims and that was the primary reason for the Crusades. How many “millions” have Muslims killed because of their religion? More recently, how many Christians have you heard who killed their daughter because she became too Westernized? How many Muslims have killed their own family members by strapping explosives to their bodies and sending them into a crowded mall? How many Muslims are wanting to introduce Shariah law in the U.S.? How many Christians are trying to force you to live under a theocracy, while Muslims are doing that very thing and are intent on world domination?

      Yet you want to attack Christianity while you don’t have the nerve to speak out against Islam because you know it would be lethal for you, so you strike out at the only religion that you know won’t fight back.

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    • ronin707Comment by ronin707
      April 3, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

      “The thing I don’t understand from atheists, agnostics, and other non-Christian groups is the fact that that all say “believe what you want”, but they insist on attacking every time a Christian says or does something they don’t like. Why don’t your groups and others like the ACLU ever go after Muslims, Buddhists, etc?”

      This was your question. I kindly gave you a link and information giving you proof that well know atheists and philosophers do take um-bridge with islam.

      “Your hypocritically talk about Christians killing “millions” of people, but you ignore the fact that Christians were being slaughtered by Muslims”

      I’m not sure how me not talking about Muslims was being hypocritical when the article I was responding to had to do with Christianity. It’s like responding to an article about football and being hypocritical by not mentioning basketball.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 3, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

      “I kindly gave you a link and information giving you proof that well know atheists and philosophers do take um-bridge with islam.”

      The only thing you gave me was a link to an article by one person who spent a lot of time complaining about what HE SAID were attacks on Muslims and it is clear that HE is an apologist for Islam. “When criticism of religion morphs into an undue focus on Islam – particularly at the same time the western world has been engaged in a decade-long splurge of violence, aggression and human rights abuses against Muslims. . .”

      He talks about “UNDUE focus on Islam and a slurge of violence, aggression, and human rights abuses against Muslims, BUT he is very careful not to mention any of the “violence, aggression, and human rights abuses” perpetrated by Muslims on the rest of the world’s civilizations.

      So you didn’t PROVE anything to me except that Glenn Greenwald in the UK is angry at 3 or 4 people he claims are critical of Muslims. But I am not too concerned with what someone in the UK thinks about Muslims. It’s people in the U.S. who eagerly bash any religion except Islam.

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    • ronin707Comment by ronin707
      April 4, 2013 @ 5:36 am

      Well let me do more research for you since you obviously have limited ability to do it yourself
      http://m.samharris.org/site/full_text/the-reality-of-islam

      “Where were the cries of outrage from the Muslim world? Religious sociopaths kill innocents by the hundreds in the capitols of Europe, blow up the offices of the U.N. and the Red Cross, purposefully annihilate crowds of children gathered to collect candy from U.S. soldiers on the streets of Baghdad, kidnap journalists, behead them, and the videos of their butchery become the most popular form of pornography in the Muslim world, and no one utters a word of protest because these atrocities have been perpetrated “in defense of Islam”

      http://m.christianpost.com/news/richard-dawkins-defends-islamic-barbarians-twitter-comment–89304/

      “This is not the first time Dawkins has publicly criticized Islam either regarding its violent extremists or the religion as a whole. In November of last year, Dawkins told an audience at the Hebrides Book Festival that Islam is “one of the great evils of the world.”

      Hitchens on Islam
      http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=CADoG-gu5Zk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DCADoG-gu5Zk

      That was like 3 minutes of Googling. There are plenty of example of Atheists Groups having issues with the Islam beliefs. Your claim that they only attack Christian beliefs is simply untrue and easily disproven.

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  7. stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
    April 3, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    “Only a fool says in his heart there is no God.” Psalms 14:1

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    • ronin707Comment by ronin707
      April 3, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

      “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26-

      Do you hate your family?

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      April 3, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

      Ronin, the verse must be taken in context. Jesus was not speaking of active antagonism but instead “to love less.” He was not speaking of salvation but of discipleship.

      The statement means that a disciple must love the Lord more than self, more than family, more than the world. While all Christians should love the Lord more than anything else, there is a difference here. The Lord must be first in the life of a disciple to the point of setting aside everything else to pick up the cross and follow Him. Not every Christian can or will become a disciple.

      Do yourself a favor and pick up a good Bible commentary. It will clear things up for you.

      Looking back at some of your other comments I really stress getting that commentary. You are embarrassing yourself although you obviously do not realize it.

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    • ronin707Comment by ronin707
      April 3, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Lena

      For 27 years I was a believer. Many men in my family are pastors. The last couple years I’ve spent a great amount of time studying not only the bible, but religion in general. Do you understand how many “Bible Commentary’s” are out there? Which is basically just some person’s personal interpretation of the what the passage means to them. The subject here is the word for hate, which is the Greek miseo. Most Christians feel obligated to soften the face meaning of the word ‘hate’ to something like ‘love less than me,’ even though the Greek word miseo means ‘hate.’ And yes if you’d like to go there we can. I could NEVER look at my children and tell them I love a god more than I love them. It’s that simple. Furthermore, what context do you put God telling Abraham to murder his child in? It’s petty and immoral to even ask such a thing.

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  8. e66lithComment by e66lith
    April 8, 2013 @ 1:17 am

    “Smithy” means the place, not the person.

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