Deprogramming Christians

Deprogramming Christians


Introduction

This essay considers the question how can you ethically deprogram Christians, free them of their delusional ideas that make them behave so badly. I don’t particularly care what they believe, just what they do. However, their anti-social behaviour is generated by their delusions, so at least some of those delusions are going to have to go if Christians are to become co-operative citizens.

The Behaviours

These are the behaviours I would like to discourage in Christians: in descending order of importance:

  1. Discrimination against gays must stop. It is illegal. We must not continue to let Christians get away with advocating murder and hate speech against gays. Just because they break the law out of religious hatred should not give them a get-out-of-jail-free card.
  2. Christians must stop interfering with marriages between gays. Christians are not affected in any way so have no right to meddle. They have no right to cherry pick their bible and use it as an excuse to persecute minorities, originally blacks, now gays. We have freedom of religion and freedom from religion, and that includes freedom from the most hateful religion of them all — Christianity.
  3. Christians must stop interfering in other people’s end of life decisions.
  4. Disband churches that aid and abet threats and violence against children to force them into sexual acts.
  5. Christians must stop interfering in other people’s abortions. Their objections are based on a religious superstition that a disembodied consciousness, a ghost, called a soul, possesses the body at conception and leaves it at death. There is not one iota of evidence to substantiate this nonsense.
  6. Christians must stop interfering in other people’s contraception. It is none of their business.
  7. Christians must stop teaching junk science in public schools.
  8. The government must stop giving religious lobbyists, i.e. politically active churches, tax breaks than other lobbyists do not get.
  9. Churches should get the exact same tax breaks other organisations get, only breaks for their charitable works, not just for being a church.
  10. Full disclosure of how religious donations are spent.
  11. Protect children from Christian parents doing harmful things to them for religious reasons, such as denying medical care for snake bites.
  12. Prosecute faith healers for false claims, just as any other false advertiser.
  13. Make it illegal to proselytize to other people’s children without their parents’ explicit signed permission.
  14. No circumcision male or female without consent.
  15. The Pope must formally disown the parts of the bible that demand criminal behaviour or that encourage hate to various minority groups.
  16. A moratorium on Christmas music and Christmas programming one day in seven during December. It is nauseating, like a diet of pure high fructose corn syrup. It in unfair of Christians to impose the torture on others without relief.

These reforms apply mostly to Christians, but of course any changes in law would not single them out.

Beliefs

By far the most toxic belief is that Christians consider themselves God’s Chosen People. This notion is as racist and as repulsive as Hitler’s notion of master race. Subscribing the this toxic doctrine is like having a KKK (Klu Klux Klan) sheet in your closet and being proud of it. Christians see themselves having a right to impose their revolting religion on others.

American Christians believe that the USA is God’s Chosen Country This gives America the right to attack any country it please, even when it did not attack first or present any threat. American has the right to strip it of its resources. It calls anyone who opposes them a terrorist.

Christians are so conceited they imagine the rules that apply to everyone else do not apply to them. They impose their religion on others, but when someone else so much as erects a mosque, Christian vigilantes attack.

They believe you cannot die. This means you are not really doing anyone harm by killing them and no one can really kill you. Christians have no natural aversion to murder and war. To them, life is like a video game where being killed does not mean game over. Get these lunatics away from me.

They believe in ghosts called souls. These ghosts possess the fertilised egg and leave at death. This superstition is at the heart of the Christian abortion position.

The god Jehovah owns all the souls and bodies in the same sense a plantation owner owns slaves. It is wicked to even think about rebellion. Christians believe they have the right to torture non-Christians as they are dying to keep them from committing suicide and offending Jehovah. When I think about this, I find myself wishing for some way to eliminate Christians altogether, not just their meddling religion.

The god Jehovah was once terribly worried humans would die out from insufficient fertility, so he made up rules to ensure the maximal number of pregnancies. He even insisted that gay people breed. He threatened anyone who used contraception with eternal torment. Unfortunately, he never got around to reversing these breeding commandments now that earth is bulging at the seams with 7.3 billion.

Christians believe that some people have a special gift for invoking the god Jehovah and persuading him to heal them. These scum collect huge amounts of money from the elderly and seriously ill, but only prey on fellow Christians. Some believe they will be punished in eternity for using any other form of healing even after faith healing as proved ineffective.

Unconvincing Arguments

My tendency is to offer arguments I find convincing :

However, these arguments are not convincing to Christians. They have been trained to distrust their own ability to reason and to distrust reason itself. If they noticed something apparently inconsistent in the bible, they figure they must have made an error, no matter how obvious. They say to themselves, Wiser Christians than me must have an explanation for this. It is not my humble duty to question god. They conflate questioning church authority with questioning god.

Convincing Arguments

What sorts of arguments are convincing?


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