God hates flags.
I grew up in a rural community that was pretty religious and had a number of people who were politically influenced by the Christian right to varying degrees. I still keep in contact with friends, family members, former coworkers, and other acquaintances from my hometown via Facebook. Sometimes I see things from them that make me rage a bit, things like posts that demean service industry workers for trying to better their lives for example. Lately, it’s all about the Supreme Courts ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby over women’s’ reproductive rights. They’re rejoicing like this is a major civil rights victory for themselves, as if they were previously the victims of some heinous oppression.
As a passive atheist I really don’t mind people who have faith, but this Christian victim complex is bullshit. No one is executing your religious leaders or burning down your churches. Your children are not being bullied to the point of suicide. You’re not pulled over and detained for the Jesus fish magnet on the back of your car. You’re not beaten up for wearing crucifixes. The police don’t break up your congregations on Sundays, and you’ve been very influential on U.S. domestic policy for the last thirty or forty years - something that’s been very hard to do for actual oppressed communities until quite recently. In fact most of the policies your movement has influenced or are interested in have been geared toward denying the rights of others, so the shoe is really on the other foot. You’re not oppressed - you’re just fading as the majority of society rides the wave of change while you are swept beneath it.
Nerdy guys aren’t guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick as long as we work hard. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by getting the girl.
Good article. I’m ashamed to say that I once bought into that kind of thinking in my younger years (the type of thought kind described in the article). I’d like to make up for that, but all I can really think to do is to NOT continue think like that and try to help where I can in whatever way I can.