|Just the other day there was a "Christian"
event on or near a military base. A Captain, for reasons best
kept to himself, restricted his men to quarters and asked them
to clean the barracks that would not go attend the event.
An immediate hue and cry arose, not against the Captain, but against "Christians" in general. Can't they keep their dirty religion to themselves? Can't they be like the other religions and just let other people alone? Why do they have to FORCE people to attend these "Christian" gatherings?
This seems grossly unfair. There is no hue or cry comparable to this even when one man (or woman) invites the whole company to go out and get drunk.
No, and there is no hue or cry comparable to this even when one man (or woman) invites the company to go out and find a whore either.
In fact, there is no hue or cry even when one man (or woman) invites the whole company to go out on a cussing, rant of destruction.
But, when "Christians" cringe at hearing these types of invitations it is suggested that they have no rights and they are expected to suck it up, tough it out, stop their ears -- or they can expect a menacing mob gathering to squash them to shame.
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|Well, you know what? It wasn't the "Christian" event
managers that said the barracks needed cleaning.
So, the two questions I want to address here are: Do Christians have any rights left, or did they give up all their rights when they accepted the tenets of Christianity?
It seems to me that Christians do still have these few rights.
Christians have the right to peacefully assemble.
Christians have the right to invite others to join them at "Christian" events or "Christian" services. That's the right to Invite, not force.
So, let's do a little comparison shopping here.
If a man is invited to go out with the boys to get joyously drunk he can expect to acquire these benefits.
On the other hand, if a man had been invited to go out with the boys to a "Christian" event he can expect to acquire these benefits.
If a man didn't go with the first crowd he might have lost the admiration and respect of his buddies because he was too weak in the knees to hoist "a few." If that man didn't go with the second crowd he would probably have seen a smile and heard the words, "Maybe next time, okay?"
When I was in the service of my country I too bought that bill of goods that said I was a man only if I could drink myself into a stupor. But, let's face facts here; it only takes strength to hoist a few after you have hoisted a few too many -- and there is nothing particularly manly in being cross-eyed with drink and trying to hold your side of the bar down so your preciously purchased drinks won't come back up in your girl-friend's lap. Maybe you call that fun, but I would much rather be invited out to a "Christian" event or meeting.
Now, maybe you're right and Christianity is an opiate that's trying to keep people from having some fun out of life; and it doesn't deserve any kind of respect, but it costs a lot less going in and it doesn't cost near as much over the long run either.
As for those other religions that were mentioned as being on good behavior in comparison to "Christianity." I'll have to admit that I've never been to a Muslim meeting, but I do have some choice Muslim friends that are bright, cheerful and eager to do good works in their community. Shinto, Hindu and other religions tend to produce some good fruit too.
After 50 years of experience, when I meet some really nice people I don't assume they are potential drunks or drug addicts, I assume they have religion. When they invite me to one of their meetings I know it's because they want to share their "good news" with me.
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