Another Example of Why Religion is Toxic
By now, many of you may be familiar with the story of Creflo Dollar. If not, here is a brief summary of his story. He is a Christian pastor of the World Changers Church International in Georgia with a congregation of around 30,000—no small time church for this guy. He is currently being investigated for abusing his daughter. It seems that he and his daughter got into an argument. He then choked her, threw her to the ground, punched her, and hit her with his shoe. His daughter called 911. If this story turns out to be true, and there is already some backpedaling from his daughter on her story, Dollar is a vile human being (aside from this debacle, he also preaches the prosperity gospel, which is pure filth). Any rational person would condemn him for what he did. He should be locked up, his kids placed in protective care, and his pew empty. We will have to wait to see what happens on the first two scenarios. However, this post is not really about Dollar, but is about his followers. The pews are not empty.
The Christian Post had an article up the other day titled, Hundreds Defend Creflo Dollar after Alleged Assault on Daughter. Many of you might be thinking WTF? I would like to say that I am surprised, but sadly I am not. My regular readers will know that I believe that Christianity is stain on humanity—a virus to be wiped out. There are many reasons I feel that way, stories like this are near the top of the list. You might think that the people who are defending Dollar are saying things like, “we should wait until the full story is known” or “let’s hold off judgment until we get all the facts” or “the courts will take care of this”. Nope—I would be okay with that. The defenders of Dollar are actually excusing his behavior…
Here is a quote from the article:
“I support my pastor fully! My 12 year old is already going through the terrible teens and I full understand how this situation can happen. Shame on the daughter for not following his word at no, then becoming combative and calling the police to embarrass her father. I will be praying that they get everything straightned (sic) out,” Leslie Ayo commented.
I often write that I try to respect people, but not their ideas. I save my personal condemnations for religious leaders and a select few. I am breaking that rule. Ms. Ayo, you are a fool. If I had any say in the matter, your son would be in protective custody at this moment. You are not fit to be a parent. The “terrible teens” is not a reason to beat your child. In fact there is no reason to ever do so.
Here is another example of the support Creflo is receiving:
“Pastor, I support you, because throught (sic) the Lord, you have taught me more about my walk with the Lord than anyone else. And we have to discipline our children no matter what anyone else thinks or believe,” said Janet Jenkins-Rodriguez on the Creflo Dollar Ministries Facebook page.
Ms. Jenkins-Rodriguez, you are deluded, and also not fit to be a parent. Here is an idea, skip your “walk with the Lord” and learn how to discipline your kid(s) without beating him/her/them.
The lunacy does not stop there:
Wanda Espinosa also commented, “Stop Judgement (sic) on Pastor Creflo Dollar for he is a very good father and husband…We are Christians we need not Judge but let God take care of this…His daughter disrespected him when he told her she could not go to that party …teens are running wild with the thought that they could get away with everything in this world..he is just a father trying to protect his daughter.”
No Ms. Espinosa. We will judge Mr. Dollar (we should wait until all of the facts are known). We will not wait for a non-existent god to do so. His actions are abhorrent. They should be sickening to any rational person. He will be judged here, on this planet, and hopefully punished accordingly. A father trying to protect his daughter does not strangle, throw, punch, and beat her.
One of my major problems with religion is that it seems to give people a free pass to act like monsters. The idea that we should not judge, the idea that a non-existent deity will do the judging for us after we die is pure and utter nonsense—for several reasons. If we do not judge, then society falls apart and crime becomes an epidemic. The idea that “god” will judge us is a cop out. There is no god. You are accountable to the rest of society for your actions, not to some fairy in the sky.
It is typical Christian hypocrisy to beg us all to not judge Pastor Dollar. Are these same Christians not judging homosexuals? Are these same Christians not constantly judging other people’s sins? Are these same Christians the ones who judge me as an atheist and have the nerve to say that atheists must be immoral?
This one story—all alone—is a great example of lack of morality present in Christianity. Dollar’s actions were not moral. His followers, blind support of him is not moral. Religious morality is nothing more than an excuse for the religious to act immorally when it suits their desires.
The suffering of this one 15 year old girl is a small microcosm of the virus that is Christianity. It is time we eradicate that virus.
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