Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have a problem with Evangelists.

A certain blogger who will remain anonymous has posted a video of a Muslim who "found Jesus Christ."

I'm getting a little tired of evangelists who think they need to convert the entire world to a rigid, narrow dogma.

Muslims have a right to be Muslim. Jews have a right to be Jews. Buddhists have a right to be Buddhists. Atheists have a right to be atheists. None of them have to "find" anyone, let alone Jesus.

To my way of thinking, evangelism, the idea that everyone must convert to a certain religion lest they face eternal punishment, is one of the most insidious and nasty forms of bigotry, and it leads to some really bad policy decisions. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Iranian Revolution, the anti-Jewish pogroms in Europe, the current terrorist campaign to establish a fundamentalist Islamic caliphate throughout Europe and Asia, all of these can be traced to an unshakable belief in religious superiority.

A healthy religious viewpoint can include the conviction that the believer possesses the one true way to salvation. However, a healthy religious viewpoint must reconcile this conviction with an understanding that unbelievers have a right not to believe. Evangelism and proselytizing insult and denigrate those who believe differently.

The bottom line is this. Religious freedom also means freedom from religion.

Post edited to flesh out the arguments and make its tone more diplomatic.


  1. Poor Jesus does seem to get lost a lot, with all of these folks finding him and all…

    In all seriousness though I agree with you but I think going off on a profanity laced, name calling tangent is a bit counter productive. This mentality bothers me as much as it bothers you, but I don’t think calling this person a shithead or his religion idiotic is the answer. The simple fact is, we can make EVERY religions dogma sound idiotic…it’s not that hard to do really. We all have our flaws and quirks so instead of going for the easy out and calling someone a name, why not challenge what they say and believe? Engage in a respectful, intellectual debate and everyone walks away better for it. Degrading to name calling just makes everyone sound stupid.

  2. Point taken. Sometimes a good profanity-laced rant is cathartic, though I'll admit it's not exactly the most intellectually honest way to approach a subject.

  3. I've edited the post to address your concerns.