Many Christians have told me they originally turned to Christianity to help people. With all the suffering in the world, they were drawn to an organized structure intent on helping the needy. Christianity, and all their sects like Mormonism and , was seen as a means to help people, regardless of the accurately of that perception. The perception of Christianity has changed dramatically in the past thirty years.
Since 1976, when Jimmy Carter won the Presidency with the support of evangelical Christians, the ‘Religious Right’ minority has pushed strongly to have the fanatical views of these small number of Christians enter into political, educational, and Mainstream discussions. Their actions are in violation of the interpretation of the freedom of religion section of the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”
Unfortunately for the increasing amount of underprivileged, many Christians will follow leaders who claim to be Christian, regardless of their message – feed and cloth the poor, or bigotry against those with different sexual practices, or anything in between. Science and medicine and other means to help people are attacked by this fanatical right. In California, more than 6 million people voted to remove rights from people simply because they are homosexual. In Arkansas, the majority disgustingly voted to disallow unmarried people from adopting children. These actions are horrible and deplorable, as Christians (and others) are choosing bigotry over child welfare.
Now, after 30 years of hateful takeover, Christianity is no longer seen by outsiders as a means to help people. It is seen as a means to punish those that are different. Donations to Churches can no longer be expected to reach the needy, but instead influence voters to support fanatical hateful agendas that hurt rather than help. People began to feel justified voting for people like George Bush who is against any help for the poor or needy, but claim to be Christian.
More and more, people who are looking for a means to help the needy are turning to atheism, science, and medicine – and fighting against those who use Christianity for hate. Unless Christians overthrow their hateful leaders, and push the religion towards giving and helping the needy – the future of Christianity is as a small hateful cult. Some Christians have tried very hard to do this, and they are to be commended for those actions.
One example of Christians attempting to help, is the group (United Church of Christ) that attempted to get on the air the now controversial message that Christianity can be used to help the needy and poor – only to be rejected. That they could not get this message on the air, while hateful messages flow freely on TV, is an illustration of how twisted and powerful Christian leadership has become. Here is a quote from the article:
“Despite their past willingness to air advocacy ads, CBS, UPN, and NBC have refused to run an advertisement for the United Church of Christ (UCC) that promoted inclusion of gays, racial minorities and people with disabilities…”
Unless Christians overthrow their hateful leaders – the future of the Christian movement is in jeopardy. And unless the Christian population does more to help the poor and needy – people will be very glad to watch it self-destruct.
Below, McCain’s hateful Christian buddy blaming acceptance of gays for the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, and possibly explaining Bush’s hesitance to lend support: