Buckdog‘s well-deserved rant against religious fundamentalists of all stripes, the basis of which I agree with, touched off a blizzard, or at least a squall, of responses.
Like him, I think it is is pathetic that Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, at least the public parade, had to be nixed due to concerns of violence by ultra-orthodox, i.e. fundamentalist, Jews.
I, and many of my friends, call ourselves Christian (and it is not up to fundamentalists to tell us otherwise) because we empathize with that gut instinct, that some people have, to work for something better which, like other social gospel advocates like Tommy Douglas, we do in the context of a ‘seeking’, not always faith-filled, community.
Most of my Christian friends take the Bible as a collection of legends, myths, allegories, and hand-me-down recollections at best -some of them useful, others absolute nonsense, i.e. something can be ‘true’ – have truth – without being historically provable or even factually correct. (To fail to unpack the meanings of ‘myth’ and ‘allegory’, as fundamentalists do, is to remain intractable on the validity of scripture.)
Yet we liberal, some say ’emerging’ Christians (though I’ve pretty much concluded I am on the outward edges of that phenomenon, too) are inspired by the revolutionary ideas that Jesus purportedly was killed over. We try to pose provocative questions to the powers that be – consumerism, government, etc.
This is our take on modeling ourselves after Jesus, however naive that might seem, and we believe that he would have little to do with the so-called Church that came about after his death – and some Christians even dare to question whether he even physically lived.
It’s unfortunate that the fundies seek, and get, the lion’s share of attention, so much of it deservedly bad, and it always gives me pause to consider just disavowing myself of the Christian label for the sake of simplicity.
Yet that would be giving in to the most extreme fundamenterrorists who believe the nonsense that affirming a modern, research-backed given, such as one’s sexual orientation, is a non-starter (indeed, with fire and brimstone, a finisher).