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SoVaNow.com / July 10, 2014
Just a brief note to Mr. Hayes to address one or two of his questions.
The very first thing I should mention is that I am not an atheist. I should probably make that very clear at the outset.
The figure for the number of Christians in Halifax comes from Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. “Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000” by Dale E. Jones. The breakdown is: 63% Southern Baptist Convention and United Methodist 18% as the two largest denominations; the Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ, Mormon and Seventh-Day Adventist churches make up about 17%. The remaining 2.2% is “other,” which is what led me to say that Halifax County is nearly 100% Christian.
I’m sorry you misunderstood my allusion to Hitler. I wasn’t comparing him to Christians but was instead making the point that just because someone bases a belief on their faith doesn’t automatically mean that belief demands respect.
I’m surprised that you are unaware of any religious leaders who have used their status as such to encourage bigotry and intolerance. There have certainly been plenty and, whether behind the pulpit or in front of it, they are misusing their authority and influence for purposes I am sure have Jesus shaking his head. Perhaps you might want to do a little research on some of Mr. E.W. Jackson’s more outrageous declarations, just to take a fairly recent example. I am sure you realize he is far from unique, so there should be no reason for me to make a list.
Finally, I was nowhere attacking Christians or Christianity...only those self-professed Christians who use the faith as an excuse for their hatred. These are people very few of my Christian friends can tolerate either...and I am sure you don’t want them representing your church any more than anyone else does. Take for instance the fourteen companies that have recently sued to be able to refuse to employ or do business with homosexuals for “faith-based” reasons.