Soon: Chapter 31: Brochures and True Christianity
Sure, the very special tracts are made on a letterpress, but what do they say???
(btw, do RTCs really call tracts “brochures”? Because a little while back, Ranold called tracts “little brochures,” and it seemed we were meant to interpret that as Ranold being both clueless and intolerant. But now, Barton calls them “brochures” again and again.)
The brochures were titled “Risking Our Lives for Yours.”
I fail to see how the Christians are risking their lives for the atheists. They’re risking their lives for themselves. (Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not really nice to paint the situation as something it’s not.)
Now, if they are referring to the saving of the atheists’ souls, then they need to think of a new public relations strategy, because that’s not something that will fly with most atheists.
The copy stated unequivocally that the underground Christians were not armed and never planned to be.
Well, yeah, but from the standpoint of the atheists who are the target audience, I would think that the immediate response would be: “Oh, yeah. That’s exactly what those militant Christians would say.”
“The slaughter of secret believers is genocide,” Paul read, “pure and simple.”
Oooo, such compelling prose! Assertion in place of evidence, works every time!
“We are no threat to the government or the status quo.”
As we shall see in a few short pages, this could not be farther from the truth.
“We merely believe that God is real, that Jesus is alive, that He died for the sins of the world, and that He is coming again soon. We will persist in spreading this word until none of us remain.”
And again, I can only imagine the typical Atheistopian response: “And those beliefs led to the slaughter of countless billions.”
“I don’t know what they’re so afraid of,” Lois said. “We’re just talking about the free exchange of ideas.”
Yeah, Lois, and what Christian would ever be against the free exchange of ideas???
Well, here’s one case from THIS MONTH:
Sixteen year old atheist Jessica Alquist has received threats on line and has to have a police escort to get to school. A local florist refused to deliver flowers to her and Democratic State Rep. Peter G. Palumbo called Jessica “an evil little thing.”
Why? Because she protested an 8-foot tall prayer which is displayed on the wall of the auditorium at Cranston High School in Cranston, R.I.
-Sally Quinn, Washington Post blog
We’re just talking about the free exchange of ideas. So Lois would be all for this!
Eh, probably not. Anyhoo, Paul appears to have a brief brush with awareness:
“Dangerous ideas, though,” Paul said. “You have to admit. I studied religion, and there is a huge legacy of religion-related atrocities throughout the history of civilization.”
Wow. Is this actual understanding, actual insight into the perceptions of Atheistopia???
“But religion and true Christianity are two entirely different things.” [said Lois]
“You’re preaching to the choir, ma’am.”
Oh. Guess not.
I hear this on Christian radio all the time: Christianity isn’t religion–it’s the truth.
And how could “true Christianity” ever hurt anything?
You probably think the Inquisition was a perversion of the “true” spirit of Christianity. Perhaps it was. The problem, however, is that the teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. You are, of course, free to interpret the Bible differently–though isn’t it amazing that you have succeeded in discerning the true teachings of Christianity, while the most influential thinkers in the history of your faith failed?
-Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
Fascinatingly, despite the great technological innovation of their letterpress printer, the L.A. Christians are so out of the loop that they haven’t yet heard that Specs is dead. What, do none of them watch the news (or listen to it on their skull phones, I guess)?
Yeah, they are really ready for the future. They’re so underground that they are underground from each other and from very basic news stories. That is pathetic.
“We have to do something big,” Carl said. “Something that will get the attention of the nation. We have to cripple this army, unless we want to see more of us wiped out.”
My first thought was, Sure, good luck with that. Then I remembered that they have God, the biggest bully on the block, on their side. Turns out, they don’t need to worry.