I Don’t Think Christians Should Get to Use the #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion Hashtag…

Yesterday, #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion was trending on Twitter. You would think people using the tag would be declaring, you know, their unpopular opinions: They think MySpace is still cool, or the Cubs will win the World Series this year, or Anthony Weiner will make another comeback.

Nope. Turns out that believing in God — and being part of the powerful Christian majority — is somehow “unpopular.” Take a look:









That’s just a random assortment of tweets. There are plenty more where those came from.

In case you’re wondering, a Gallup poll from 2012 said that 77% of Americans identified as Christians. They’re not unpopular.

I wish they were, but — by definition — they’re not. It’s just their persecution complex in action.

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  • flyb

    God and Jesus are human-created.

    Did anyone tweet something like that?

  • Anthony Adams

    Lol! They make it way too easy for you… Like playing dodgeball against 2nd graders.. Goodness, still love them though.. (Hashtag) something relevant to what I just said.

  • Mark O’Leary

    Let’s try a new hashtag: #confessyourwidelyhelddelusion

    • Jasper

      I’d like to think I don’t have any, so I don’t know how much traction it’ll get.

      • Mark O’Leary

        It was a jesting reference to the original, not to you.

  • Matt Paulson

    It’s a step forward that they’re finally admitting it’s an opinion rather than a fact.

    • Gus Snarp

      Hah! If only they were self aware enough to realize what they’d just said!

  • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ TBJ

    Tanner B James @Tanner_B_James 46s christians are admitting their religion is just an opinion and unpopular #confessyourunpopularopinion

  • evodevo

    #delusionalpersecutioncomplex ? This could be fun! #tryingtoconvincemyself? #deeplydoubtfulbutnotadmittingit?

  • Buckley

    Now you’ve gone too far dragging the Cubs into this….As a Cubs fan I have been told that being a Cubs fan and being a Christian are near to being one and the same…both are waiting on the return of something that is NEVER coming. ;-)

  • martinrc

    Well, their opinions are unpopular with reality, since most of them don’t seem to coincide with reality so its not a complete lie.

  • Tainda

    #youtwitsgivemeaheadacheandiwanttoshakeyou

    • Pepe

      That was a tough one to figure out haha

  • jdm8

    That is a lot of persecution complex circle wanking.

  • Octoberfurst

    Yes Christianity is SO unpopular that only 77% of all Americans identify as Christians. They’re so brave for standing up for what they believe! Oh wait—-.what?

    Christians just love to think of themselves as a persecuted minority and act as if saying out loud–”I believe in Jesus”–is going to get them sent to the gulag. I really do get tired of all their whining. The reality is they scream persecution when they don’t get their way. If gays are allowed to get married Christians scream that THEY are somehow being persecuted. If forced Bible reading is taken out of public schools Christians scream persecution—and to hell with the kids who aren’t Christian who don’t want to have Christianity crammed down their throats. It’s idiotic.

    • David Kopp

      I always wonder what would happen if there were REAL consequences to their proclaiming Jesusicity. How many Christians would still stand by their beliefs, or how many are actually much more realist and would lie to save their skin? The false martyrdom is so offensive… go ahead and have principles and stand behind them, but don’t do so under false pretenses.

      • Octoberfurst

        My guess is that if they really faced persecution that most would deny being Christians. It’s very easy to talk tough when there is no real persecution going on but when push comes to shove I think that many would bail out. Don’t get me wrong—there are Christians who face real persecution—death, imprisonment, etc–for their beliefs but they are living overseas mostly in 3rd world countries. However faulty their religion may be I do admire those who don’t back down from oppression. But it ain’t happening here. Not even close.

      • UWIR

        I think that it’s clear that at least one of the following is true:
        1. Christians in 1930/40s Germany were demographically unique.
        2. “It’s wrong to kill Jews, or to sit idly by as Jews are killed” is not a core belief of Christianity.
        3. The vast majority of people who profess to be Christians will abandon their beliefs once they become life-threatening.

        Godwin’s Law aside, I do think that the Holocaust is the one of the best empirical data we have regarding Christians’ commitment to opposing evil.

        • David Kopp

          I’d think that’s more endemic to anyone that’s willing to be subject to authoritarianism. The same thing happened in Stalin’s Russia, but they were officially atheist. There was also the Crusades, which was Christian dominionism in it’s most explicit. The common thread is the removal of personal responsibility and assigning all “morality” and decision making to a central body. It’d just seem that Christians and the like are more primed for those things due to the indoctrination that they are incapable of being good without direction of some kind. Once you have that, all you have to do is change who’s in charge.

          • tsara

            That’s a boatload of clear evidence that Christianity does not inoculate one against being a terrible person or doing terrible things. And since Christians do often claim that it does, I think that evidence is evidence enough for dismissing Christianity.

            /(EDIT: slightly OT)driveby

  • Baby_Raptor

    And what are you going to do if I don’t, Daniel Johnson?

    That’s right, nothing. Because there’s nothing you CAN do. You’re just trying to sound big and badass.

  • Michaela Samuels

    Yes, there should be no mention of Jesus or the Kardashians. You’re not cool when you express your well-established ideals as novel.

    • Pepe

      Hey at least the Kardashians are only so fake.

  • Gus Snarp

    If they’re like the evangelical churches I’ve been to, then their pastors have been drilling into them how deeply unpopular it is to be Christian as much, if not more, than how important the crucifixion and resurrection were. They’re incapable of believing otherwise, because if the pastors are wrong or, more likely, lying about something they’ve stressed as hard and repeated as often as the claim that Christianity is unpopular, then what else have they been lying about? So the evidence can be right there in front of them: countless Facebook posts and tweets about god and Jesus, but Christianity is still unpopular (I can’t tell you how many of my Facebook friends post Christian comments on a regular basis, but atheist comments? Not so common). “But this is still a Christian nation because most of us are Christians, even though it’s horribly unpopular!”

    On the other hand, every one of those people has opinions that actually are unpopular, but they’re not posting those with the hashtag, so maybe they’re not just compartmentalizing, they’re being just as dishonest as their pastors.

    • IDP

      “(I can’t tell you how many of my Facebook friends post Christian
      comments on a regular basis, but atheist comments? Not so common).”

      I know that when I’m on Facebook, relatives and friends post Jesus and Christian memes, they gets like 20 “likes”, but when I post a pagan or humanist thing, you can practically hear the crickets. Those must be so popular that they doesn’t need “likes,” huh?

  • Gus Snarp

    #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinions. I think the scene in Wayne’s World where Wayne is buying a guitar with his money from selling the show and is told “no Stairway to Heaven” has much greater symbolic depth than anybody else seems to think it has.

    • # zbowman

      There’s a music shop in the MetroCentre here (kinda like the UK’s version of the Mall of America, without the awesome aquarium basement). Above the keyboard/piano section, there’s a sign forbidding the playing of the theme from Titanic.

      Denied!

  • JA

    First conservatives, and now Christians, live inside their own little alternate reality bubble.

    I wonder what it’s like living inside such a bubble…

  • David

    I call it martyr syndrome.

  • Richard Tingley

    Just another great example of the martyr mentality.

  • SeekerLancer

    It’s not unpopular yet, but when it is I’ll care just as much as I do now about their whining. That is to say, not at all.

  • Patrick Dunn

    Again, I don’t tweet, but I take it the idea would be more like: Casablanca is a lousy movie. (Truth, not opinion, heh heh).

  • Rain

    Jesus is God. Deal with it.

    Oh how am I ever going to “Deal with it” that “Jesus is God”. *faints*

  • Mitch

    Christ is my Savior. The world is 6000 years old. Evolution is still a controversial issue. Xmas is under attack from angry, militant atheists.

    How about them apples?

    • WillBell

      None of those opinions are unpopular, just wrong.

      • Mitch

        Fair. Maybe I was thinking “uncommon among intelligent people.”

  • Dave The Sandman

    So I guess that “opinion” about Jesus being a c*** I had on a Cradle Of Filth T shirt wont be getting posted then…..ah well. Maybe I should get myself a Tw@tter account after all.

  • Tom Wilson

    According to the Barna group only 38% of the American population accept the label “Evangelical”. Furthermore, only 8% of those who accept this label fit the (i.e. being born again, Jesus lived a sinless life, etc.) criteria of being Evangelical (you can see these criteria in the link below at the bottom of their page).

    With a little math that equals, get this, 2.88% of the population fall under the definition of ‘Evangelical’, according to Barna. Now, you may debate these figures all you like, but the evangelical Christian is a minority opinion.

    I’d also like to point out that all of the banter in this comment section only goes to prove just how unpopular the ‘Christian’ opinion really is.

    https://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/111-survey-explores-who-qualifies-as-an-evangelical#.Ugl7hNI3uSo


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