Christianity was awful in the middle ages and earlier for sure, but it has improved greatly since those days...
Hi Jin, nice to hear from you again. Anyway, the "awful" medieval religion you refer to is alive and well. Christianity has, as one of it's core beliefs, the idea that anyone who does not believe in Christianity will be tortured forever in an eternal jail.
Some Christians do not believe this, but then again some Jews eat pork. Most Fundamentalist Christians still believe this, and preach it at every opportunity. Ashcroft is, by all accounts, a serious fundamentalist. Several of my coworkers attended a funeral for a Christian man yesterday, and the preacher explained that it was a wonderful thing when a believing Christian dies and goes to eternal joy, but that anyone in the audience who didn't believe would soon face the Lord's eternal wrath. Any opportunity will do! It can't be avoided - this is one of the more horrible beliefs ever invented. It justifies any mistreatment of the unbeliever "for their own good", and acts as a curse which Christians lay on nonChristian people just like a voodoo witch doctor does.
If I go around saying that "I have an invisible pet monster which will knock Jin down, and kick her in the head repeatedly until it fractures her skull, and will jump on her chest until her ribs fracture, and will gouge out her eyes with a screwdriver, and will pull her teeth with rusty pliers, and will break her knees with a sledgehammer", and you object to my violent sentiments, can I excuse myself by saying "No, I don't intend to do these things. But my pet monster will!"? I doubt it - I think you will feel threatened and disturbed. That is how many people feel about Christianity right now.
The good morals and ethics you mention could be instilled by any religion, but I suspect that most of the good modern Christianity does is actually based on Humanism. Jews often are Humanist too! So often are Buddhists, Taoists, and even Muslims. Humanism is a very popular philosophy, and has many good points. But it is properly separate from Christianity, which considers all human behavior on Earth to me nothing more then a preparation for the eternal torture or pleasure to come. As Humanism concerns itself with this world alone, the two philosophies do not even cover the same subject matter.
While most Christians, no matter how Fundamentalist, can not do serious harm no matter what their views are, the practice of Fundamentalist Christianity in the offices of our Government is a dangerous thing. We here have people who are authorized to use force by nature of their job duties, who believe that it is worse to be an unbeliever then to die and who have the capability to actually kill people using the resources of the Government. Not a good thing, not safe, not helpful.
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