Dear Revelife and all your contributors,
You are the reason people have a negative view of Christianity. For every post on tolerance and love you have three talking about how doctrine X is wrong or how terrible a certain type of non-Christian is. Despite your dozens of guest writers, you profess only one form of Christianity, and that's right-wing fundamentalist protestant. Of course, once in awhile you'll post something about how it's OK to be gay and Christian, or allow someone like myself to question a tenant of your dogma.
Of course, you couldn't possibly
post something written by an open atheist without editing it first, could you? Every single entry of mine you've put up you edited in some way. When I shared a story about meeting a girl who was disowned by her family, I wrote it in a particular way to give it a particular tone to get a particular message across. So what do you do? You change the title, you throw in a picture of some random girl in a hospital bed, and you felt the urge to discard what I considered a poignant message to add some inane question about prayer versus medicine
When I shared my story about how I became an atheist
, you for some reason threw in a picture of a lone person walking in the middle of the desert, as if I was all alone without God in my life. And the best part was, you deleted several comments left on this post... comments left by me. These comments contained no profanity, didn't insult a single person and actually elucidated some of my points. Yet you felt that your site needed to be censored by this display of... what, exactly? Logic? Decency? Respect? Dissent? I've seen dozens of comments left on your site talking about "homos," "queers," and "fags," yet these don't get deleted.
And then there was my post where I listed a dozen questions you should ask yourself if you took the bible literally. Revelife boiled it down to a single question
, and of course it was one of the more inane of the bunch. And when I first posted it on my own site, I accidentally used the term "ineffable" instead of "infallible," which I immediately changed. This change would have been in the submitted form Revelife got, but instead they decided to ignore my own edits (which I made within five minutes of making the original post public) and instead go through with theirs.
Then, Revelife, there are your commenters. You want to know why people have such a negative image of Christians? It's because of a very vocal subset of your commenters. If I had a dollar for every time I was addressed using one of the classical logical fallacies (attacking the person not the argument, setting up a strawman, red herrings, or just plain ignoring the subject at hand) I could help get the government out of the recession.
I'm sick of people whining about dissenting opinions popping up on Revelife. If you want nothing but sycophantic agreement with your preconceived ideals, start up a blog through your church and limit the membership. Because God (or any other deity) forbid you actually have to listen to something that may, for one iota, make you think outside your cozy little conception of the world. What's the worst thing that could happen? You could realize that I have a valid point, and your worldview might be shaken. But wouldn't that be a good thing? Shouldn't we all be searching for the truth, wherever it leads us?
If you suddenly see a valid argument against creationism, maybe that means instead of donning your earmuffs and singing "That Old Time Religion" at the top of your lungs you should put on your thinking cap and consider that maybe, just maybe, there's something to this "science" thing you've been hearing so much about. What are you really worried about here?
It seems like some of you are worried that if you learn too much you'll fall out of your faith. Do you think your creator gave you a brain and expected you not to use it? That he/she/it/they wanted you to remain ignorant to the facts of the world? That sounds less like any sort of deity I'd want to worship and a lot more like a fascist ruler, a Mussolini or a Kim Jung-Il.
So seriously people, try considering that atheists are people too, just like homosexuals, Muslims, feminists, anyone who is pro-choice, Democrats, and basically anyone else who you use the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" about. Open your eyes and ears to new ideas and concepts, even if they seem strange, frightening and even possibly a bit blasphemous. Because what would be better, protecting yourself from the truth and living a lie, or learning what the world really is like and formatting your life to that?