I love it when I point out the shitty side of Christianity and someone inevitably says, “Well, not all Christians believe that, and it’s not what I believe. Jesus taught us to love one another and all those bad parts don’t count anymore. True Christianity is about love.” You know, you’re right. Not all Christians believe those shitty things about gays and women or even slavery (anymore). But they are the majority. They are the representatives of your religion. Throughout its 2,000 year history the Church, the scriptures, and most individual Christians have persecuted homosexuals, subjugated women, and practiced slavery (medieval serfdom was slavery in all but name). For approximately 2,000 years Christianity has been on the wrong side of these issues. And now that there’s a minority of believers who no longer think that these practices are morally good and required by God’s immutable law, people like me are expected to shut up and be respectful of your beliefs because we’ve “offended you”. Gay people, who are routinely told through legislative action and social mores that they are less than human, are asked not to criticize too sharply because we’re hurting your feelings. Well, excuse me while I kindly tell you to fuck yourself.
You think that just because you believe in gay/women’s rights and find slavery abhorrent that you should be free from criticism about your religion. That everyone should be respectful of your silly, and obviously quite harmful, beliefs. But your stock defense, as quoted above, does nothing but give a veneer of respectability to an otherwise loathsome religion. You are engaging in apologetics, trying to make something that you understand to be horrid into something a little easier to swallow. But I ask, why should I, or anyone else, give two shits about your religion in the public forum when the vast majority of your compatriots are taking away our rights and demeaning us? Why should we view your liberal interpretation as the norm when tradition, the scriptures, and the majority of Christians say otherwise? Maybe instead of getting offended you should get pissed. Maybe instead of asking critics to just bend over and take the injustice so that you can remain happily ignorant you should work to fix your church.
And really, when you think about it, what would Jesus (or any of the prophets) do? Because I’m pretty sure he didn’t sit around with happy platitudes asking people not to criticize his interpretation of Judaism because he didn’t believe the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.