This is a guest post written by César J. Baldelomar. César is currently a student at the Florida International University College of Law. He has written several articles on politics, culture, and religion.
Though I grew up in a moderately Catholic household and attended Catholic institutions from age three until my college graduation from St. Thomas University, I felt a constant struggle between accepting what others were saying I should believe and what I thought was the intuitive, rational choice. Yet it is only now that I finally have the courage to publicly state that I am an atheist.
If you were to make a list of the problems with religion, topping that list might be its involvement in wars, both real and cultural. Religion can be used as a weapon to marginalize different groups of people (like the LGBT community) and we’ve all seen the physical destruction devout faith can cause in different parts of the world.
So if you wanted to convince people to come to your church, using a war metaphor would be a pretty horrible way to do it.
But that’s what Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young has done. The man who owns a personal jet and asked his congregation to give him direct access to their bank accounts created a movie trailer for his recent sermon series making the connection between God and a weapon of war:
While we’re on the subject of Christians who think they can get away with breaking the law, what’s with all these pastors who think they can double as chaplains of the local public high school football team?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters earlier this year to schools in Florida’s Orange and Seminole counties warning them about that problem (among several other issues). The districts are finally getting around to tellings coaches they can’t have team chaplains and the pastors are not taking the news well: