hypocrisy of the evangelical loon
by Zhou (Chew) Hong Jie
Here are some of my favourite slogans from the Scumbag Christian Quickmeme site:
One of the most infuriating things I often hear from evangelicals is the way they often thank God for healing their ailments even though it is so obvious it was the medication that they took, the treatment they undergone, the exercise regime that they undertook. On the other hand, if prayer was all they did with no medical intervention (which in fact is the proper way to test if faith-healing works), and no healing result; they seem to forget who the real culprit was.
A common apologetic tactic which evangelicals use when cornered with the facts of all the insanities and idiocies of their faith is to claim that we are making a generalisation of christians – that not all christians believe or practise those silly things. But when in the offensive, they often lump all atheists together and make ridiculous assertions like atheism will lead to gross evil, or that most atheists are hedonists. Hypocritical.
This might not be a trait of only the evangelical. Societies that promote archaic forms of morality, like Singapore, are guilty of this form of hypocritical intellectual gymnastics. They often lie through their teeth that life is precious, and that they believe in the dignity of the individual, etc. But when it comes to the law, they take away human lives as though they are nothing but dung. And they blame it on utilitarian politics – it works, so let’s continue with it! Drug traffickers are scumbags – get rid of them! Murderers are dirt – get rid of them!
In a similar vein, evangelicals love to sing the chorus that “Abortion is MURDER!” but at the same time supporting the death penalty. There seems to be an unjustified disparity between the “killing” of a foetus that is not sentient at all, let alone a complete homo sapien, and the murder by the state of a fully sentient homo sapien who knows what lies ahead of him.
The evangelical can be very guilty of criticising the atheist for being “arrogant” and trying to “force his beliefs”, or non-beliefs, for that matter, on everyone but at the same time, has this secret desire that the country he is residing in becomes a “christian” nation that abides by christian morals, even though there may be many citizens in that country that do not subscribe to those selfsame christian morals. They may not like casinoes, but there are many others who do. They may not like nightclubs and discotheques, but there are many others who do. They may not like brothels, but there are many others who need such services. So they wish to wipe out all these “places of vice and decadence”?
The Lord’s Day, on Sundays, to most christians, is their version of the Jewish Sabbath, which is traditionally a Saturday. It is a day of rest, of rejuvenation, of recuperation. It is supposed to be a day when one rests from the stresses and hardships of the work week.
But how in the name of heaven can we REST if we are SUPPOSED (forced is the more accurate and honest word) to go to church, spend about an hour or two listening to silly sappy songs and oftentime an equally silly sermon by an inarticulate and ill-educated preacher? How are we to rest if we have to wearily smile at fellow parishioners, pretend to be all holy and that, and tow the party line? How are we to rest if we are also parents, with a few young kids in tow, screaming and running and crying all at the same time?
Won’t it be better if we just STAY AT HOME on Sundays??!!
This is the hypocrisy, not only of the evangelical right in the US but also the christian community here in Singapore. Every time when the media corners a cleric or spokesperson from the National Council of Churches Singapore about other religious faiths, the two-faced liar would definitely spin doctor his way, claiming that christians are law-abiding citizens who would tolerate and respect all the other religious faiths in Singapore, etc. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist in us to know that the majority, if not all of the practising christians in Singapore, believe that all the other religious faiths are BUNK and that only Christianity is the TRUTH. In their heart of hearts, they believe that unless we become christians like them, we would all perish in hell fire.
Of course, “christians” like me are perceived by the powers that be as heretics and unbelievers, wolves in sheeps’ clothing to deceive the righteous and the true believers.
This is the honest truth. I have been around the christian community for quite a while to know what I am saying. In fact, I am still in the community. Bah!