I hope this isn’t a typical Christian email to an atheist

I posted over in the US about atheists suing for the removal of the World Trade Center cross. As a result I received the following email from a Christian who thinks I’m an atheist.

I’m leaving this one completely unedited:

If you stupid people do not like the fact that a huge cross has been made and placed at the museum then please do us CHIRSTAINS a huge favor.Do not go anywhere near it.Your beliefs of Christmas also stinks,what makes you think that you take our beliefs away,our country was built on CHRISTAINITY!!!!You take prayer out of school and that is our fault cause we sat back and did nothing but listen to this we still have prayer,you want In God We Trusttaken off of our money but you spend it don’t you?You want One Nation Under God taken out of our pledge then pi– on you don’t say it.What you Wierd and Stupid people need to do is go an island where you rule it and leave us alone and when you go take the gays and lezies with you,they are such a sinner as you are!
Krinkle from Texas(God’s Country)

Oh dear.

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10 Responses to “I hope this isn’t a typical Christian email to an atheist”

  1. jim Says:

    what atrocious grammar and spelling. and theology.

  2. Thirsty Gargoyle Says:

    Yes, I find that morally, theologically, orthographically, and grammatically offensive. Still, it makes me want to visit Texas. God’s country, eh?

  3. Lisa Graas Says:

    I’ve never been to Texas….just so you’ll know.

  4. Abby Says:

    As a christian, I’m shocked and ashamed of this type of ignorance (not to mention spelling, grammar, and puncuation)! Although when I read the sign off, I wasn’t shocked this was penned by a Texan. Go figure.

  5. Dylan Parry Says:

    Sadly, it seems to me that this person might have some anger problems or might not really understand what Christianity or being a Christian is about – namely to be “chosen in [Christ] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in [God's] sight” (cf Eph 1:4).

    It might also indicate a problem with authority and the ego – what I normally refer to as “Protestantism”! Our Lord created a hierarchical Church for a reason (i.e. with apostles and various ministries) – to guard against foolish teachers or lone prophets.

    It is therefore important a) to always strive “as one” for the sake of the Gospel proclaimed by the Church (cf Phil 1:27) – under Peter, its Rock (Mt 16:18); b) be obedient to those who have been placed in authority within it (“He who listens to you hears me, he who rejects you rejects me” (Lk 10:16); and c) decrease our disordered egos that he might increase ( cf Jn 3:30) – which might mean placing unity over and above individual interpretations and assumed revelations.

    If this person belongs to the Church founded by Jesus Christ, then s/he doesn’t seem to be humble, obedient or striving towards unity. In that sense, s/he must seriously examine his or her conscience, asking whether or not they might have fallen from grace (Gal 5:4)…

    Off to Mass now, will offer prayers for this letter-writer and, of course, for you and yours :-)

  6. Hazel Edmunds Says:

    Your “Oh dear” is so restrained as a comment on the email from this ….. person.
    I really do not understand where this person is coming from.

  7. Webmaster Says:

    My goodness check this out:

    FOX News Facebook Page on 9/11 Cross Generates Death Threats Against Atheists

  8. Simian Says:

    As a Humanist I’ve seen numerous comments like this one posted on various atheist blogs. What saddens me most is that because of the frequency of this kind of ill considered comment, some non-believers make an assumption that most of those who profess themselves to be believers are like this.

    This is one of the reasons I spend time on Religious blogs, so that I can gain a fuller understanding of relious motivation. The reality is that you could not find a more thoughtful, considerate and compassionate group anywhere than most Christian bloggers and commenters, and I greatly respect the sincerity and commitment.

    I just happen not to believe in the same ultimate source and reason for our existence. Other than that we pretty much agree on most things.

    I think it behoves all of us not to tolerate people on our own ‘side’ who display such a lack of tolerance and thoughtfulness. In a sort of mirror image of Stuart’s experience, I have been accused by a supposed fellow atheist of being a religious nut, because I defended the right of religious people to express their faith. Bizarre!

    I guess we just have to not let these kinds ill consideredcomments get to us….

    And I do hope the Church roundly condemns the death threats against atheists. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  9. Simian Says:

    Just read through the many comments attached to the link you posted above Webmaster. The last one particularly caught my eye:

    ariadiscordia says:
    July 31, 2011 at 21:56
    I can honestly say that I’ve never been more terrified to “come out.” My husband and I live in a very small town in the Bible Belt. We’d been discussing ways to possibly slip it into conversation when religion comes up, but not now. I hate that this has made me feel this way. But let’s face it; we probably would not be safe.

    My experience in the UK has never been this bad, but for many years I hid my atheism because the mere mention of the word was enough to be ostracised and totally shunned in the small town where my family lived. And these were people who appeared to have little grasp of the complexities of their own religion, let alone what it meant to be a liberal atheist!

  10. peter denshaw Says:

    “our country was built on CHRISTAINITY!!!!”… spelling mistakes aside, it might have been, but as far as I know, Texas was robbed from Mexico who robbed it from native American peoples who were treated shamefully by both. The USA as a whole was built on a secular state rooted in slavery and genocide… All three have now disappeared, but I can only cheer that the latter two are no more…

    But thankfully one of the real boons of religion is that it is very good at creating a past that never existed (cf. ‘Victorian’ morality in Britain…).

    P.

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