Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter, Everyone!

Today is Easter Sunday; the holiest day in the Christian year, it commemorates the day that Jesus Christ arose from the dead. That single event became the basis for the entire Christian faith, and gave its followers hope that there is life after death.

Despite my usual cranky, sarcastic, evil mood, I was born and raised a Roman Catholic, which was followed by 16 years of Catholic education. And while I don't always agree with the Church's policies, I do respect them. What I do not respect is the recent trend in this country to rip Christianity at every turn, and the lack of defense from such attacks.

Many Christians in America are judged by their lunatic fringe. People who bomb abortion clinics and believe that homosexuals deserve to be stoned to death. Most Christians treat these radicals the way everyone else does: with contempt. The same holds true for those of the Islamic faith. They are judged by their radical minority.

The problem is that Islam seems to get a pass in the media, while Christian bashing is becoming a spectator sport. The political correctness is only coming to one side of the aisle. Perhaps this is because Christians (for the most part) don't care about what others think of them. We believe what we believe, and if that is troublesome for others, then so be it. The days of radical Crusades are over, despite what others may tell you. We're not going to burn down the television stations because some talking head says that Roman Catholics are dopes. But, while we don't care what others think, we do care when our religion is portrayed in such an unfavorable light. Who wouldn't?

Look, no one in the MSM (or anywhere else, for that matter) is going to care what some dopey blogger thinks on this subject. I realize that. But maybe Easter Sunday would be an appropriate starting point for re-examining Christianity and judging its followers on the actions of the many, not the few.

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