Days after the Pope implied that good atheists are welcome in Heaven, the Vatican Secretariat of State allegedly Tweeted, “Intolerance against Christians, especially in the name of ‘tolerance’, should be condemned publicly.”
Apparently, he was referencing statements made by Bishop Mario Toso. Bishop Toso was complaining that Christians don’t have a word like “anti-semitic” or “Islamophobic.” Christianity wants in on that kind of defense.
Here is the problem. In its proper context, “anti-semitic” refers to hate directed at the Jewish people as a race. “Islamophobic” should refer to hate directed at Muslims because they are black. Now to be fair, Jews over use the anti-semitic card and Islam is not a race so that doesn’t really hold up.
But to be fair to Bishop Toso, I don’t think anyone should hate a Christian person merely because they identify themselves as a Christian. But just like with the rest of the Abrahamic religions, I will continue to criticize and mock their ridiculous beliefs.
At the end of the day, it does seem like all of their word games aren’t really about hate directed at people, but rather they seem to be about protecting people’s beliefs from any criticism. At one point and still in certain select areas, anti-Semitism was and is still valid, but in most cases in western society, it is just a defense mechanism to shield ridiculous beliefs from criticism.
Islamophobia is much the same. Although, there are certainly “conservatives” who hate Muslims because the majority of Muslims are of a different skin color. There are also many fundamentalist Christians who see Islam as the strongest rival to Christianity and as such, they hate all Muslims.
In truth, critical thinking is the strongest rival to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and every other ridiculous religion. This is why all of these religions want to shield themselves from critical thinking by inventing hate labels they can put on their critics.
Atheists aren’t anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, or Christphobic; Religious believers are just Realityphobic!
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