Illustration of the Double Standard
32. I am angry that people don’t understand why the Christian story seems so ridiculous because they’ve been brainwashed with it for most of their lives. Many (though, of course, not all) are taken from a young age and trapped in the ideology until they die 70 years later, and that makes me upset.
If you had never heard of the Bible…..
33. I am angry that most churches vote against secular help for the poor from government, making religious charities in charge of who gets fed and who does not.
Government vs. Christian Charity
34. I am angry at the numerous stories I have heard of atheists’ children who were told by religious teachers and religious peers that their parents were going to hell, causing tear-jerking grief.
35. I am angry that one of the ways slavery was (and still is) justified is that it at least taught us negro heathens Christianity.
36. I am angry at the social stigma many single mothers receive because of the Bible’s false sense of morality.
JK Rowling: Single Mums ‘Face Stigmatisation’
The Harry Potter author attacks the “strivers versus skivers” attitude as she tells of her own struggles as a single parent, much of which was in churches.
37. I am angry that the same people who see obvious problems with taking the Bible “literally” have no problem with it being given to people, raw, overseas.
Conservative Anglicans look to the Third World
This article highlights the differences between the more liberal countries who gave the third world the Bible, and the third world countries who read it literally and have conservative, sometimes oppressive, interpretations of it.
38. I am angry that Christianity encourages people to rejoice in their suffering, often making them feel guilty for feeling deep pain, hurt, and/or anger.
The Psychology of Apologetics: Sin | de-conversion
Lewis suggests that….a true Christian, in harmony with God, is satisfied with God. Therefore, any suffering you feel is the result of wanting or experiencing something that is disrupting that blissful harmony that is yours for the asking.
39. I am angry for Christianity moralizing the position people are in life — those who make good money often are more respected than those who do not, because they are “blessed” by God, and God supposedly puts every person where they are supposed to be. I am further angry that many of the more wealthy Christians deny this while not denying it every time they talk about how God has “blessed them so richly with a nice house and a good income” and so on in a way that bolsters their standing before other people.
Boasting Blessings by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent
“I can’t help but be jealous of her good fortune, yet I always reply by saying how happy I am for her. Still, it seems as if she is trying to rub my nose in it. I keep my mouth shut as she goes on and on about how God is blessing her daily.”
40. I am angry with the fact that wealthy individuals in churches can and do pay to control their churches and, by extension, the people in them.
“When wealthy people are in church, they often receive special treatment because of their wealth.” Although this article seeks solutions, it does state this is a common problem.