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Updated on April 24, 2016
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I have a B.A. in English with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I've been a Goth since age fourteen, and a Pagan since age fifteen.

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I don't know when it started, but for the past several years, I have been hearing about this "war on Christianity" thing. I find it perplexing.

Christianity runs the world. Centuries ago, Christianity "came in like a wrecking ball" over Judaism and paganism alike and has yet to stop.

You don't believe me?

What is at the source of every anti-women, anti-LGBT, racist group out there?

Bible-thumping Christians.

You won't see atheists running these causes, and it isn't because they lack a belief in a higher power. It's because they lack a belief in meddling in other people's business. They believe in human rights. In fact, you probably won't even see Jews leading these causes, either. They're too busy minding their own business, too.

Christianity, on the other hand, has nothing to do with a hippie dude named Jesus and everything to do with political control over the entire population.

When Peace is an Insult

This past year, Obama encouraged the use of the term "holiday" instead of "Christmas" to be all-inclusive. Apparently, "holiday" is an insult. Who knew?

Oddly, only Christians are furious. They see this as an insult to their faith. How acknowledging other religions, which have always existed, is insulting to your own is something I don't understand. One would think it a very Jesus-like gesture. I guess most Christians think Jesus would be a cry-baby, demanding recognition for his "birthday," forsaking any mention of any other holidays that were already in place prior to the religion created in his name.

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Mythology

Well, if you care about Jesus so much, you may like to know that as it turns out, Jesus' birthday wasn't in December—it was in March—but I would get in a lot of trouble if I voiced this fact to every Christian who wished me a "Merry 'Christmas,'" every year, wouldn't I? Not to mention, the "Christmas" tree has nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with paganism. Pagans honor the earth. I mean, it'a a tree for Goddess' sake. The wreaths, the holly...Okay, I'll stop.

Personally, after learning that Christianity is nothing more than a series of rewritten pagan myths, marketed as originals, I became a pagan. Conveniently, Christianity has paganism as an enemy, obviously to prevent followers from learning the truth. I have to say that if anyone should be offended around the holidays, it's pagans and anyone who has been scammed by the political system that pretends to be a religion, known as Christianity.

Obama is a Christian.

There. I said it. Republicans will continue to deny it, and claim he's Muslim because he isn't one-hundred percent white. Breaking News: Islam is a religion, not an ethnicity. He is Christian. The Jesus kind. He follows Jesus. In fact, all U.S. presidents have been Christian. I think Jon Stewart says it best in a quote as a response to the Republican belief that there is a war on Christianity:

“Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion... perhaps around their necks? And maybe -- dare I dream it? -- maybe one day there can be an openly Christian President. Or, perhaps, 43 of them. Consecutively.”

- Jon Stewart

Jesus vs. Christianity

Like Gandhi is quoted as saying: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” People like myself have no ill feelings towards the idea of people following Jesus. If people were actually following Jesus that would be pretty great. There would be free health care or at least affordable health care for all. I couldn't imagine Jesus telling everyone, "I just saved your life with my miraculous healing skills, but the price will be so high that you'll still be paying it off after you're dead!"

There would be more human rights, as well, I would gather. Jesus hung out with all of those folks people thought were "bad," right? So, why do we have "Christians" rejecting refugees? Oh, that's right. They think they're terrorists. That makes sense. Of course people from other countries are terrorists; especially, when they're trying to escape terrorists. Jesus wouldn't want his followers to accept needy people. That would be insane. Build those walls up. No helpless people allowed.

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Hypocrisy of Stereotypes

Speaking of refugees from the Middle East, wasn't Jesus from there? I don't consider myself incredibly map-savvy, but if memory serves me Nazareth, Israel is in the Middle East; therefore, these innocent refugees being called "terrorists" have lived in close proximity to where Christians believe Jesus lived. In addition, in Israel, the two official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. According to Christian mythology, Jesus would have spoken Aramaic, not English. According to his kind character, he would not have discriminated against Arabic-speakers.

A week ago, an article was published in The New York Times about a college student who was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic to his uncle on the phone before take-off. Heaven forbid Arabic be spoken in America. It must be about terrorism. Surely Arabic couldn't be used for daily interactions and of course English-only speakers would never dream of committing terrorist attacks. Maybe, had he been speaking Hebrew, instead, he would have been fine. Then, again, perhaps the woman who reported the student and the airlines were both right. I'm sure Jesus would have thrown him off, too. Jesus didn't like diversity or Middle-Eastern languages.

While there are many great things about America, there are many downfalls involving hypocrisy, as well, and this is an example of one of them. Coincidentally, a lot of the hypocrisy involves religion and it usually favors one in particular, Christianity.

For a little more, please, read my article "Religion vs. Faith: Why Christianity Isn't About Jesus."

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  • social thoughts profile imageAUTHOR

    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    Lawrence,

    I am pleased that you decided to read my article, anyway.

    I'm not fully aware of the historical events of how each individual pagan ritual became Christianized, but each one is quite obvious.

    Your opinion of where refugees should go is always welcome. My point has simply been that they should be welcome anywhere that is safe.

    Thank you for your support and taking the time to share.

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    Lawrence Hebb 

    2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

    Social

    I thought I'd be disagreeing with some of the things here but the more I read the more of a smile I had because I agreed with you!

    By the way it was St Boniface in the tenth century who brought in the idea of a Christmas tree and it wasn't accepted in the English speaking world until the time of Queen Victoria!

    As for refugees I think the best approach has to be Canada! They have a quota like everyone else, but if a group want to bring people in (Syrian Christians for example) and are willing to pay everything they can apply and Canada will take them in but it doesn't affect or change the quota they take through the UN!

    Over here the Syrian community begged the NZ government to do the same and they did.

    Lawrence

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    ValKaras,

    I am sorry to hear about your experience on the Q&A. I have read some of the questions when I go to log on, however, and have been shocked by the way people think. How closed-minded. Where is their education?

    Thank you for your support and kind words.

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    Vladimir Karas 

    2 years ago from Canada

    Social Thoughts - What a phenomenal and big calibre blow against those hypocrites hiding their neuroticism behind a religious idol that they are not mentally fit to follow! I enjoyed every word you said. Recently I permanently stepped out of religious Questions & Answers after being disgusted by the opposition to simple logic. I must admit, it was a sort of fun challenging all those religiously brainwashed individuals, but then fun turned sour with their brainless responses. At this point let me say it again - I don't mind people believing in anything they choose - as long as they don't go normative and imposing about it. As for their "being attacked" - why not, somebody has to start questioning their involvement in politics.

    I am definitely going to read more of your interesting work. Have a great day. - Val

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    Paula,

    Aw Thank you! I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. You seem great! I look forward to reading your work, as well. It's so easy to blame the fictional little man in a red suit with a pitch fork, isn't it? Wouldn't want to have to use one's own mind, now. Imagine how free they would finally be if they did?! Quite a tragedy, really.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    s t ....I absolutely LOVE your writing style. No doubt your intention was to keep your readers grinning. Total success IMO. I've not often discussed this topic with friends or even family for that matter. I'm pretty sure all of us consider personal belief systems to be.....well, "personal." Then there's always the fact that we have so many more interesting & exciting things to share with one another.

    What a rude awakening HP has been to me. Until I started speaking up here and putting the zealots in their place (which is any place far away from me) I was shocked by how many times I was called, "stupid, lost, damned, Satan, sinner"....yeah, you get it.

    I used my sense of humor & level of tolerance as long as possible & then I let the bible bangers have it with both barrels from my destined-for-hell attitude. So sad the poor babies feel persecuted. Wish I could help...............:)

    I must read more of your work!! Peace, Paula

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    Ericdierker,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    Bill,

    Thank you for reading and sharing, as always. I can certainly understand where you're coming from. :)

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    jlpark,

    Thank you for your comment and for reading. It is a shame that those types are more vocal than the free-thinking Jesus followers, but then again it's really because of the leaders combining politics with religion a long time ago.

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    Eric Dierker 

    2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very interesting point of view.

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    Bill Holland 

    2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You have pretty much summed up why I won't get trapped into a discussion about religion. It's a waste of time arguing religion, or even trying to have a civil discussion, with any extreme Christian.....they give no room for discussion...it's their way or the highway to hell...and I can't sign on to that nonsense.

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    Jacqui 

    2 years ago from New Zealand

    Thanks for sharing this Social Thoughts.

    I'm always confused when they (the more vocal, fanatical Christians - most definately not ALL Christians) cry "war of Christianity" or "christian persecution" - usually in response to being told they aren't allowed to discriminate against others - "You are persecuting me because you won't allow me to persecute others!"...?? Errrr, thats not how this works, sorry.

    Interesting read, and very true. I'm with Link - where, and how are they being persecuted

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    social thoughts 

    2 years ago from New Jersey

    Link,

    Haha My thoughts exactly. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    Link10103 

    2 years ago

    Its always funny to hear that christians are being persecuted, specifically in the US. How are they being persecuted? They aren't being allowed to persecute/oppress others anymore...irony at it's best.

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