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  • You know, sometimes in writing you have to follow certain ground rules. If you're writing for public consumption in today's world, you don't compare people to Nazi's, since to do so implies they are attempting to wipe out Jews or create a master race. And overall, unless you are totally without feeling, you try not to deliberately blast anyone's beliefs. Basically, the old saw your mother taught you applies. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

    Now, I have tried very hard to ignore the comments of a certain persons in Facebook and on Cowbird, and even in LinkedIn about Christians. The comments I speak of are usually sort of left handed compliments like, “If there were more Christians like you....” and usually have to do with my support of LGBT rights or some other controversial subject.

    #1 – Believe me, I am not the person to select as a representative of Christians. While I believe I will make it to heaven, I am anticipating a long conversation with God that will be frequently punctuated with the words “Why'd you do that, Fred?”.

    #2 – Who says Christians are bad? Surely you aren't referring to people who call themselves Christians who clearly are not, since their actions are clearly not in keeping with God's word. This would include those folks from the group who like to protest the funerals of soldiers or bash gay people. As a matter of fact, this would include modern day Nazi's and other groups who claim some divine right to God while denying his love to others.

    #3 – Referring to Christians like referring to Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, or any other group, say Muslims, in that manner is stereotyping. Another word for stereotyping is profiling. Might as well call them all WASP's (White Anglo Saxon Protestants) and get it over with. That way, we can identify you as just another RACIST.

    The Bottom Line in all this is simply to think before you speak. Yes, there are people who call themselves Christians who don't act very Christian, just as there are Muslims who are deceived into thinking their God insists on a Jihad, or a Holy War. I've been in a war. I guarantee you, there is nothing holy about war. And war is never fought for God's purposes. Man wages wars for man's purposes and lays the blame on God. “He made me do it.” sounds as stupid coming from a holy warrior as it does from a five year old.

    There are idiots out there who still believe that race or gender have some relationship to intelligence or potential. Yes, idiots. People, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnic background, or gender, are people, pure and simple. They are products of their environment, not of some ingrained genetic predisposition.

    Yes, yes, I understand. There are sociopaths and pedophiles and other monsters running around today, but they are products of flawed emotional conditioning or genetic disorders, and those conditions are not restricted by their nation of origin or ancestry. Unfortunately, anyone can be a psychopath. The thing to remember is those persons are in the minority.

    Again, the Bottom Line is to think before you speak, or in my case, write.

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