expectation of heaven can be no substitute for what happens here, it
can't be an excuse for infliction of misery on others."
I have met some truly
wonderful and Christian people in my lifetime, both conservative and
liberal. They were polite enough to stop talking politics when it got
to the point where friendships were on the line and kind enough to offer
help, advice, charity when it was needed. No questions asked.
Aaaaand I've been
unfortunate to meet the other kind of christian. The kind that will
Bible-thump and preach all day long about how much they love Jesus and
the American flag, but will just as soon run over you as let you cross
the street before their SUV on a left turn, green lights and pedestrians
be damned.* They are careless in their thoughts and their deeds
towards others, and still assume they're destined for heaven because
they are Believers.
If hell is paved with
good intentions, I don't think that means that heaven is paved with
ignorance. And really, this applies to all religions, but most of my
contact with The Arrogant Sect involves christians. But why do people
who claim religiosity, who propose that they are the most pure and holy
and god-fearing, why are they usually the ones who treat those
outside of their religion with the most contempt, disregard, and
disrespect? This ranges from getting in a non-believer's face, shunning of family
members who don't believe, and insisting that Creation and only (one)
Creation be taught.
I'm actually all for
teaching Creation in school. It's a large part of what our society and
much of our literature and art is based on. However, I don't think it
should be taught in Biology class. I think religion classes ought to
be, if not required, at the very least an elective like Psychology. It
should not focus solely on Christianity, but on the stories and
principles of the world's major religions. Yes, that includes Islam. I
am not implying that this should be taught to young children, but at
about the age of 14, I think that students can absorb and disseminate
information about other cultures and religions and think for
If your argument involves the
heathen-izing of good christian children, I would argue that your
child's religious faith must already be pretty flimsy, and perhaps they
have observed behavior by others of their faith who have not behaved in
an appropriate manner. It is so very easy to lose faith when you see the people who are
supposed to be religious leaders going against the tenets of their faith
and the words coming out of their own damned mouths.
*I realize that not
all chrisitian drive SUVs, and I've met some assholes in Priuses too.