The Top 10 Anti-Christian Acts of 2011

(Christina here…)

DefendChristians.org puts out a reader-submitted list of the “Top Ten Anti-Christian Acts of…” each year. Let’s discuss.

The Top Ten Anti-Christian Events in 2011 are:

10) NBC television network twice took the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in its lead-up to the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. 

How DARE they! If removing “under God” is an anti-Christian act, then keeping it in is an anti-everyone-else act. Let’s also not forget that “under God” was added in 1954. I guess the Pledge was anti-Christian until then. Next, they’ll be saying NBC is anti-Christian because they cut away from Tim Tebow while he Tebowed.

Hey, I also thought that “under God” wasn’t specifically Christian… At least, people have used that argument to keep “under God” in place, saying that it does not promote one religion over another.

Read the rest after the fold…

9) In Franklin Massachusetts a pro-life man was beat by the police for peacefully handing out pro-life materials. The police accused him of conspiring to plant bombs. 

The police report indicates the pro-life man handed out anti-abortion literature on private property during a Catholic festival. Police received complaints from festival organizers who wanted the man to leave because people were not supposed to hand out literature at the festival.  Festival organizers asked him to leave. He refused to leave, refused to give his ID to police. I don’t really know the whole story, but since the man was Catholic and at a Catholic festival, it probably has very little to do with his Christianity.

8 ) A Christian man in Minnesota was fired from his job because a one of his female co-workers attended a Bible Study that his wife led.

I can’t verify any of this because… (emphasis mine)

They accused him of being guilty of stealing time from the company because he should’ve known that the woman attended his wife’s Bible study. We are working with man to get justice in this matter. Right now the matter remains anonymous as we consider the best way to move forward, but we ask that you pray for this husband and wife as they are facing this clear discrimination.

Shouldn’t we at least verify stories before we vote on them as the top ten anti-Christian acts of 2011? This whole story sounds ridiculous.

7) A Christian Florida teacher was suspended after school administrators discovered his support of traditional marriage posted on the internet.

Okay, that happened. Then…

After Christians and non-Christians across the country rallied behind Buell, the school board rescinded its suspension. The board admitted they had violated Buell’s First Amendment rights.

There’s more to it then that; FriendlyAtheist sums it up best. The teacher didn’t just “defend traditional marriage”, he said:

“I’m watching the news, eating dinner, when the story about New York okaying same sex unions came on and I almost threw up.And now they showed two guys kissing after their announcement. If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool as same-sex whatever! God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable???”….

“….I will never accept it and refuse to condone it or shut my eyes to it. It is an insult to the marriage between my wife and I. We are married, don’t know what the heck those people call it but it ain’t a marriage…

This was part of his syllabus:

His syllabus also offered this warning to students: “I teach God’s truth, I make very few compromises. If you believe you may have a problem with that, get your schedule changed, ’cause I ain’t changing!” On a separate document, he also said the classroom was his “mission field.”

He’s a homophobic bigot who brought his religion into the classroom.  So school officials briefly suspended him.

The school did not do enough.

6) In Kalispell Montana, pro-lifers were attacked by a fire-bomb during a prayer vigil in front of an abortion clinic. No one was hurt, but a police officer remarked pro-lifers should expect this sort of reaction to their activities. 

So minor was this event that Fox News barely reported it.  Somebody threw a handmade firebomb, which crackled like a loud firecracker on a sidewalk near some pro-lifers holding a prayer vigil, harming no one.

This also has a lot more to do with anti-abortion than it does Christianity.

5) Because of a complaint filed by the ACLU, the liberal 9th Circuit Court ruled that the Mt. Soledad War Memorial in San Diego was unconstitutional.

Ruling that a display of a cross on public property is unconstitutional… constitutes an anti-Christian act?

How dare people ask that others follow the law.

Hey wait. Much of the defense of this cross had lawyers painting it as a war memorial and not a symbol of Christianity. If the Cross is a clear symbol of Christianity, then it does not belong on public property. If not, then this can’t be an anti-Christian act.

4) A homosexual activist effort caused investigations by the online money-transfer company, PayPal, against pro-family Christian organizations.

I love how it takes me forever to figure out where stories like this originate from, because nobody complaining about “homosexual activists” ever provides links.

Allout.org started the writing campaign to target nine anti-LGBT organizations, because;

PayPal officially states that its users “may not use the PayPal service for activities that [...] promote hate, violence, racial intolerance” but PayPal has become a favorite payment service for anti-LGBT extremists all over the world. PayPal must act immediately to shut down their accounts and ban all sites that promote anti-LGBT hate.

Christians send letters to organizations asking them to stop certain practices all the time.  This is an anti-hate act, not an anti-Christian act. Paypal investigated and determined two of the nine organizations promoted hate, dropping them from their services. That sounds great – I wonder if the readers of DefendChristians.org would consider it an anti-Christian act if Paypal stopped serving the Westboro Baptist Church.

3)A Bible study was shut down San Juan Capistrano, CA officials who claimed the group needed a permit because it posed a risk to public safety and health. 

So quit posing a risk to public safety and health, then. Up to 50 people met in a residential area twice a week. Clearly, the city had a problem with the number of cars in the street and not the Christianity. I guess if a Christian gets cited for running a red light on his way to church, that’ll show up in the Top 10 Anti-Christian Acts of 2012 list.

2) President Obama declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” and hosted a White House celebration by homosexuals.

Yeah, and Black Pride Month is an anti-KKK statement. How dare we say that LGBT people are people, too, who don’t deserve all of the bigotry, violence and hatred aimed at them.

1) California Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill forcing public school curriculum and textbooks to “celebrate” homosexual, transgender and bisexuals. 

Here’s the bill. The important part:

Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include a
study of the role and contributions of both men and women to the
development of California and the United States.
This bill would require instruction in social sciences to also
include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans,
African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific
Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the
development of California and the United States.

Isn’t that just terrible. California so obviously hates Christians.

Really. Their number one concern from the past year is that California social studies textbooks will mention that LGBT people actually sometimes make contributions to society.

If you could see me now, you’d see sarcasm literally flowing out of my pores.

This organization specifically goes out of its way to defend Christians from bigotry and hatred. This is the best that they’ve got. This may as well be a list of the top-ten examples of Christians whining about how they aren’t allowed to impose their religion on everyone else.

 

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  • ‘Tis Himself, OM.

    One person resisted arrest and was manhandled by the police. Some anti-abortion folks had a firecracker thrown at them. Several people were inconvenienced. Homophobia was denounced. GLBT people were recognized as human.

    Seems to me that certain Christians are whiners with little to actually whine about.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The Kalispell cops eventually arrested a couple of teenagers who’d thrown “bombs” (noisy firecrackers) at various places all over town: the “pro-life” demonstrators were among the targets because they offered an opportunity, not for their ideology.

    But hey, if you were trying to whip up a frenzy for the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, from a population barely aware of events outside the USA, you’d leap on this story and ignore the follow-up too.

    Wouldn’t you?

  • triamacleod

    Wow, they must be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Those are some of the lamest complaints I’ve seen in a while. You actually have to stretch several of them to even bring in the Christian parts. But, hey, when your life’s blood revolves around being a martyr and guilt tripping everyone with half truths and lies I guess it is to be expected.

  • Glodson

    Reading their Top Ten seems to have caused my intelligence to leak out. Those combinations of words that form the points radiate stupid.

    And it is funnier that I doubt even one could be considered Anti-Christian. Like it was pointed out, they seem to be related to other concerns, like bigotry and pro-life. Persecution Complex is a hell of a cross to bear, I suppose.

    • mywall

      Maybe this organisation believes that christianity is bigoted and anti-choice. I would be a bit anti-christian of them but it does explain the items selected for the top 10.

  • Dave, the Kwisatz Haderach

    Its not their fault, its just really hard to maintain a persecution complex when, you know, they aren’t actually being persecuted. But fortunately, they can hold this article up as an example of persecution by the evil atheists. Who knows, if its a slow year, it may even make the list next time.

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