Nonfundie Christians: Why Do You Remain So Silent?

Speak Out

I have an important question today for all of my readers who are not Christian fundamentalists or conservative evangelicals. For the last 100 years and even today, why do you personally (and your nonfundie church) roll over, play dead, and remain silent in the face of the Bible-distorting, unChrist-like, outrageous, politics-pandering, and hateful Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical preachings and behaviors that we all see and hear about each day here in the United States.  Please read the following short article, which explains what I mean in depth and asks the same question.

Why Do You Remain Silent?

Afterwards, please write to the e-mail address shown below and explain to me in your own words why you remain silent. If you know, tell me why your nonfundie church and its head minister remains silent.

tcbkjbbrown@comcast.net

There is only one answer to this question that I will not accept because it is a copout:

I am just one little person and my voice is so small—so what difference could I make?”

If Jesus and his disciples had taken that attitude, the Christian faith would not even exist today.  This question is not a set-up for a beating.  I really would kindly and gently like to know what you have to say on this.

Note: This post is addressed specifically and only to people who are not Christian fundamentalists or conservative evangelicals.  Any unsolicited fundie response will be deleted without its being read.

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Here Is an Interesting and Positive Discussion

I enjoyed this discussion, and I think you will too.  Just click on the following safe link:

A Discussion on Religion and Politics: Where We have Gone Wrong

 

 

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American Family Association Creates Anti-Christian Bigotry Map

Klan on Stage

The American Family Association (AFA) is a Christian fundamentalist parachurch organization associated with the so-called Religious Right in the United States. This organization is famous for its vicious, foaming-at-the-mouth bigotry against American citizens who are LGBTQ. Their bigotry is so bad that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has officially designated the AFA as a hate group. The SPLC is one of the most famous and legitimate civil rights organizations in the United States—an organization widely known for its faithfulness and integrity in monitoring and fighting against the Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads, American Nazi Party, and other similar hate organizations. The AFA has spent time on the list with these other “charming organizations” for a number of years now and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. One famous creation of the SPLC is an interactive electronic map of the United States showing the names and locations of their designated hate groups. Got a Ku Klux Klan klavern in your city or county?  Go to the SPLC Hate Map and check it out.  Since its creation, this hate group map has really turned up the heat on the AFA, and it is scorching them too.  I read a lot of articles in periodicals, and I have been noticing that numerous articles mention the full name of the AFA and follow it with a parenthetical note about its hate group status.  It appears the heat in the kitchen is getting to them badly, so much so that they felt compelled to fight back by creating an AFA map showing the locations of organizations dealing in bigotry against Christian fundamentalists—as if anyone but fundies really cares (roll of the eyes).

You may read a new article about the AFA and its Anti-Christian Bigotry Map by clicking on the following safe link:

AFA Anti-Fundie Bigotry Map

However, before you do, look again at the title of their map. Here is that Christian fundamentalist code language issue cropping up again. The most appropriate and accurate map title should have been Anti-Christian Fundamentalist Bigotry Map.  But no.  They used the word “Christian” alone. Why would they do that?  Remember our previous discussions on fundie code language? Use of the word Christian alone is an element of fundie deceit that gives the false impression that all other American Christians and Christian denominations outside of Fundieville have somehow settled their differences with the fundies and united with them in support of this map.  Sure.  Regularly spit on the mainline Christians, call them apostate, tell them they are enemies of God and are going to Hell—but somehow they all united for this stupid AFA map. Want to buy some swamp land in Arizona?

Short of giving up its bigotry, I suspect the AFA would do just about anything to get itself removed from hate group status and the SPLC Hate Groups Map.  It is very bad public relations for the AFA on a national scale.

However, many nonfundie Christians like me, who are opposed to the LGBTQ bigotry of the AFA and the excesses of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism, feel differently about the AFA Anti-Christian Bigotry Map. Personally, I would consider it a high honor for this blog to be listed on their map because there is no shame in fighting for Jesus against a broad-spectrum fundie belief system widely known for purveyance of hatred, the lies it tells in the name of Jesus; its historically recent and corrupt beliefs; its distortion and misuse of the Holy Bible; its sellout of the church to evil Republican politics; its dereliction of a large portion of the gospel message, and its near abandonment of those Jesus particularly loved, identified with,  and called the “least of these.”  If that qualifies as bigotry, then the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog says to the AFA:  “Sign us up for a location on your ridiculous new map.”

Note:  The author of this blog article is a devout Protestant Christian who has prayed the classic Sinner’s Prayer, meant every word of it, and has had a full-dunk baptism in a Christian fundamentalist church. He is a heterosexual family man who has been married to one female wife—only—across a span of 38 years.  In all of that time, he has never cheated on his wife with another woman. In addition, he has never had any homosexual or bisexual inclinations or urges. He and his wife have two very nice heterosexual children who are ages 15 and 23.  The author was born in the American South; grew up there in a highly conservative small town; and has lived Down South all of his life. He was raised in the old Methodist Episcopal Church South and was once a member of a large, highly conservative Southern Baptist Convention church. At this time, he is a long-time member of the United Methodist Church.

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A Meaty Synoptic History of Christian Fundamentalism in the United States

Angry Preacher

For all of my dear readers who do not have significant historical information on Christian fundamentalism, conservative evangelicalism, and how the fundie belief system, its weird behaviors, and its famous mean-spiritedness developed over time, we have a treat for you.  It will make you an instant genius in at least one aspect of church history.  It is a new, 4-phase history of the development of Christian fundamentalism in the United States.  It is written by conservative Christian Justin Taylor (Ph.D.).  It is even safe for you fundies to read because it was written by one of your own—a fundie insider who is still a faithful fundie insider.

I have read over this new article.  It is excellent—with a lot of meat on its bones. Moreover, I suspect that the average fundie sitting in his or her pew at a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical church knows very little to nothing of this history because it is the kind of historical information churches in general rarely ever teach to the members of their own congregations—if at all.

Just click on the following safe link and have fun reading this—and read it slowly for full comprehension:

The Four Phases of Protestant Fundamentalism in America

If you do not understand Christian fundamentalism in the United States after reading this, you are either brain dead or…well….brain dead.  If a fundie has ever mistreated you, abused you, or interacted with you in a mean-spirited, know-it-all, and belligerent way, be on the lookout for the word “militant” in this historical essay.  You will gain some historical understanding of what made your fundie abuser so abusive.

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Kenneth Copeland Declares a Curse

Trump Resistance

Ah yes.  Kenneth and Gloria Copeland—the husband and wife prosperity gospel team that used Jesus to make $10,000,000 for themselves. According to a new on-line article, Kenneth Copeland has just publicly declared that anyone who opposes President Donald Trump and his regime will be cursed by God because Trump is the anointed one of the Father.  So, to oppose Trump………is to oppose God himself.  You may read about that at the following safe link:

Kenneth Copeland Curse

Here is what I have to say to Kenneth and Gloria:

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.  Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.  Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.  (Luke 6: 24-26)

If you have indeed declared a curse on all those who do not support Donald Trump, we millions of nonfundie Christians all over the United States who do not support Trump would like to tell you exactly what we think of your so-called declaration of a curse.  Click here:

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Hope for America

American Christians who do not subscribe to Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism sometimes wonder if there is any additional hope outside the person of Jesus Christ himself. Everyone needs hope. No hope can be found in Donald Trump—that is for sure. But we millions, upon millions, upon millions of nonfundie Christians do have some reasons for extra daily hope in these dark, unkind, and merciless times. A little data research and compilation exercise was performed here at the blog, just for fun, and the results were both surprising and filled with hope for the future of the authentic Christian faith in the United States of America:

Jerry Falwell…………………….Dead

Tim LaHaye……………………..Dead

D. James Kennedy……………..Dead

Rousas Rushdoony…………….Dead

Adrian Rogers…………………..Dead

Hal Lindsey………………………Age 87

Pat Robertson…………………..Age 86

Jack Van Impe…………………..Age 86

Paul Pressler…………………….Age 86

Morris Cerullo…………………..Age 85

Bill Gothard……………………..Age 84

Charles Stanley…………………Age 83

Stuart Epperson………………..Age 82

Charles Swindoll……………….Age 81

Jimmy Swaggart………………..Age 81

Tony Alamo………………………Age 81

James Dobson…………………..Age 80

Bill Gaither………………………Age 80

Kenneth Copeland……………..Age 80

John MacArthur………………..Age 77

Jim Bakker……………………….Age 77

Josh McDowell…………………..Age 77

Bob Jones III……………………..Age 77

Morris Chapman……………….Age 76

Phillip Johnson…………………Age 76

John Hagee………………………Age 75

Gary North……………………….Age 75

David Jeremiah………………….Age 74

Paige Patterson…………………Age 73

James Robison………………….Age 73

Richard Land……………………Age 71

Mike Murdock…………………..Age 71

Robert Tilton……………………Age 69

Bill Donohue……………………Age 69

Ken Ham…………………………Age 65

Kent Hovind…………………….Age 64

David Barton……………………Age 63

Joe Catholic……………………..Age 61

Etc., Etc., Etc……………………Age 60+

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Outrageous Fundie Nonsense and Abuse in North Carolina

Why are we and so many other American Christians so deeply and dedicatedly opposed to Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism in the United States.  Here is just one among many thousands of equally outrageous and infuriating examples:

Investigation of the Word of Faith Fellowship

Jesus.  Where are you?  Where has your love gone that you allow such things to exist and prosper in your name?  Where is your drawn sword when it is most needed?  Please go to North Carolina—Colorado Springs—Lynchburg—and all other such places—and take no prisoners.

Amen

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