Christian Insecurity is the Real Driving Force Behind Republican Attempts to Force their Religion on Others

143495206WM015_Paul_Ryan_GiI’m a Christian, but I’ve never understood this obsession with people trying to “convert” others to their faith.  Sure, if someone decides to ask me a few questions about my faith and what I believe, I’ll gladly tell them.  But I don’t pretend to stand on some pulpit of righteousness and talk at people about my faith.

This country isn’t facing a shortage of churches.  If someone is curious about a particular faith, they should have no problem personally seeking out places (or even using the Internet) to find out if that particular faith interests them.

Which is why I guess I’ve never understood this right-wing obsession with injecting their warped view of “Christianity” (I call it Republicanity) into everything.  Granted, I get why politicians do it.  Religion is a great way to manipulate people.  But why do these people care so much about it in the first place?

Take homosexuality for instance.  Why do Republicans care so much about who’s married and who isn’t?  The moment we allowed a Justice of the Peace to preside over weddings, and divorces to be handed out like Pez, all religious context of “marriage” was thrown right out the window.  If your church doesn’t want to marry gay couples, fine — they don’t have to.  That’s the great thing about freedom, but it’s also the part of freedom these people don’t understand.

In their minds, giving homosexuals the freedom to marry somehow infringes on their freedom to try to deny them their right to marry.  Basically, it removes their right to be hateful, ignorant bigots — that’s it.

Their church doesn’t have to marry them.  They don’t have to agree with it.  But guess what?  If you don’t like same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex.  Seems pretty simple, right?

Abortion is another issue that gets conservatives all worked up.  Look, no one likes abortion.  I’m pro-choice but I’m not a fan of abortion.  I am, however, a supporter of giving women the right to choose what it is they want to do with their own body.  Would God agree with abortion?  I sure as heck don’t know.  But guess what?  Neither do Republicans.  There’s not a single person on this planet with a direct link to God, getting play-by-play analysis of what is and isn’t right.

And don’t dare quote the Bible to me.  Unless you’re going to follow everything the Bible says (I hope you’re not a fan of shellfish or wearing blended fabric) then don’t hand pick specific parts you want to force on people.

If abortion is truly “murder” as these right-wing “Christians” claim that it is, that’s between those who have had abortions and God—not them.  They are nobodies.

I think it’s a pretty simple rule: Let people live their own lives, help them if they seek help, and if there’s judgement to be made by God, let God make it.

Besides, these people seem to fail to understand that there are millions of people who don’t believe in God at all.  And as a Christian, I’m fine with that.  I’ve found that when I speak with atheists and people from other religions, we all tend to kind of believe very similar things.  What we call it, or how we see things, is obviously different.  But there’s still a fundamental base there that most of us agree with.  Life is awesome and none of us can truly pinpoint exactly how we got here or how it all started.

I always enjoy talking with my Muslim friends to find out about their religion.  Christians and Muslims are so similar, it makes me laugh at how there’s this huge “conflict” between them.  The real problem is that both Christianity and Islam have been corrupted by radicals that want to use the religion as some kind of tool for power to control millions (or billions) for some selfish objective.

But I just don’t get why so many people in this country feel the need to tell others what they should or shouldn’t believe.  As if me being a Christian has any impact on my neighbors or people I deal with on a day to day basis.  I have gay friends, straight friends, friends who’ve had abortions, Muslim friends, Jewish friends, Buddhist friends — never once has any of the adjectives I used to describe what kind of “friends” they are ever had an impact on my life.

The real irony lies in the fact that often those who are most adamant about wanting to force their religion onto others are usually the biggest hypocrites when it comes to actually following their own beliefs.

Republican “Christians” are famous for this.  It’s why I really don’t consider many of them to actually be Christians.  To me, a Christian is defined as someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.  This is something the GOP damn sure doesn’t do and many conservative voters neglect to follow as well.

They’re hateful, greedy, judgement, paranoid, fearful, angry, violent — all in the name of Jesus Christ?  Really?

How does that even make sense considering he lived a life based on values completely contradictory to those of many conservatives?

If anything Jesus warned against people who want to push their religion on you.  He spoke against people who spoke of God yet deep down did so for their own selfish ambitions and beliefs.  I just don’t get why so many people feel the need to try to force their religion on other people.  Especially a religion like Christianity that many of its own followers can’t agree on.

Which is why, as a Christian, I accept people for who they are; I try not to judge people I don’t know; I try to help those who need help and try to defend those who can’t defend themselves.  You know, kind of like what Jesus actually taught.

And if people disagree with me, that’s fine, that’s their right to do so.  I’m confident enough in who I am, and in my own faith, that I don’t suffer from insecurity about my faith that some suffer from which seems to force them to push their unsolicited views on others.

But the answer to that question is actually pretty simple.  It’s the insecurity these people have within themselves about their own faith that’s pushing them to try to force their beliefs on others.  It’s what they do to validate themselves, their flaws and their weaknesses by trying to convince themselves other people are the problem — not them.  They need to “save” others, when in fact they’re the ones who need saving.

Because at the end of the day, if you’re confident in yourself and what you believe, what the hell does it really matter who or what someone else believes in?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Angie Kissel Weightman

    Well said!!!

    • karielle

      Angry peeps here

  • Steve Kenefic

    As an atheist I agree completely. Want atheists to shut up? Stop trying to put religion into law. Or schools. One more thing you could have mentioned considering what Christians are attempting to do schools in your state.

    • karielle

      A lot of Atheists are really Agnostics.

      • KamonSence1951

        Who the hell are you to tell someone what they are or are not? Maybe some Christians are really Jews. Maybe some Irish are really English. Maybe some Muslims are really Buddhists. Sheeeesh!!!

      • karielle

        Thank you for showing so much passion Kamon. I am completing my thesis and using emotions as part of it. You are definitely noteworthy….

    • how about school vouchers? atheists on one side of the fence and Christians on the other. That should solve the problem. Atheists don’t want their children to learn about Jesus and Christians don’t want atheists propagandizing their children with their smut slut cultural teachings. what do you think? I love the idea.

  • Guest

    Great article

  • Mike Hitchcock

    Well said Allen. If all Christians (and Muslims come to that) conducted themselves as you do, I’d have almost nothing to say on the subject.

  • macabr

    My son’s friends growing up were neighbors. My son and three others are Catholic. Three are Jewish. One is Baptist and one is Buddhist. They all had the same rules, the same guidelines about their behavior and how they treat others. They each participated in the religious celebrations of the others. My son wanted a bar mitzvah so he could be carried around on a chair at the celebration. We always knew where they were by the pile of bikes in the driveway. They looked forward to lunar new year because, on the first day, they got red envelopes with some dollar bills. My son was invited to come to that house before school because the parents believed he brought good fortune to their home. We still refer to him as the good luck charm. They are now in their late 20’s and have drifted apart but they learned early that values are universal and that race, creed, and color are incidentals.

    • DBee

      Your life is what I hope for all our children …

    • karielle

      Absolutely wonderful. That is how I grew up.

    • karielle

      Parents have not taught true friendship and tolerance to their kids. They just buy them junk.

    • KamonSence1951

      As it should be.

    • oh really. Values are universal. Buddhists don’t like you. And the Jew Talmud preaches hatred of Jesus and Christians. not so nice after all but thats humanity.

  • Terri

    I’ve never understood the whole idea of “you having the right to make a decision differently than I would make it violates my right to control you!” Never understood, don’t think I ever will. Now “religious” bosses can control their employees’ contraception coverage. It’s gross.

    Full disclosure, I’m a Christian.

    • karielle

      Christians always tell everyone they are Christians. They want to make sure that they will be going to heaven.

      • KamonSence1951

        Or, is it because some feel superior to others?

  • Libby

    This is a great article…can we get it posted in the church bulletin next week?

  • Ktjay

    If Paul Ryan lived anything near what being a Christian is about he would do unto others… After his father died he used social security for college funds and it helped his mother and other family members even though they had money and were upper middle class business owners. Now he wants to take away that security from others. He must have writtne his own version of the bible that reads … I want mine and other get nothing! I think that he forgets that one day he will be accountable to his maker for his actions. I really believe that he is an atheist.

    • Disqusdmnj

      I certainly can’t speak for other atheists, but you are mistaken in that we don’t believe we are held accountable. Of course we are, to ourselves, our family, and our community. Atheists simply don’t believe there is a higher power, a supernatural being, because there is no proof that one exists. It’s not because we want to not be held liable for our actions. If that were the case, the prisons would be filled with atheists, when in reality, almost all in the prison community consider themselves religious.

      • magsmagenta

        Just pitching in to agree with you. In many ways some religions are a cop out, you can do as many evil things as you like but get forgiven for them by doing a meaningless ritual? That doesn’t sound to me like accountability. A conscience doesn’t come from God/s it comes from being an empathic human being, we evolved a conscience/empathy and cooperativeness as part of being human because communities and families survive better together than individuals. Some of the time religion just corrupts that.

      • karielle

        Well , even if you thought an amoeba was God It’s good to believe in something.

      • Disqusdmnj

        I believe in people and science – even when science needs to be corrected after new information is learned, and even when people act inhumanely towards each other. No deities needed!

      • karielle

        Whatever floats your boat

  • jeff zimmerman

    well, lets put it this way, if the people that want to force Christianity were muslim and we lived in the middle east..it would be the same thing…we got religious zealots in this country like the rest of the world.and we need to admit it…but on steve’s thing about athiests, well…everything that is put into law has a ‘god’ bias to it..and we just have to live with it..even if I don’t agree with it…people call this country a CHRISTIAN country, but if they would ever read the constitution…FREEDOM OF RELIGION means just that…not FREEDOM FOR ONLY CHRISTIANS…it is for EVERYONE…believe your lawn is your god, as long as you mow it…I don’t have a problem with that…lol

    • karielle

      I mow my lawn and hope that’s OK with GOD

  • Disqusdmnj

    I can’t lay claim to know what goes on in the mind of the religious (grew up Jewish, atheist for 30 years now…), but isn’t the idea of Christians forcing their religion on everyone is so that once everyone becomes Christian, the resurrection will happen? Isn’t that the idea – they want everyone to follow their biblical laws so that the world will come to an end and everyone goes to heaven? It’s all a fairy tale to me, but to them (I think), they have to make everyone believe the same otherwise god is going to keep sending hurricanes or something.

  • fairness_rules

    I am a “born again” evangelical Christian and a progressive regarding many issues. Needless to say I am often in conflict with the “far right” as their actions are often anything but Christian. If one is a Christian, that means that person will do their best to live by faith and follow Jesus teachings. That being said, Christians should not “push” their religion on to anyone else. They are however obligated to “spread the gospel” which is that Christ is the only way to heaven. You must go through Him, in other words, believe in Him to be able to get to heaven when you die. I didn’t say this, God through his Son Jesus said it in the Bible. I know this is hard to accept by those who are not Christians but I didn’t make this up. That is why Christians try so hard to make sure everyone hears about Jesus and has the opportunity to make a decision to accept Him as Gods son and as the only way to salvation. He doesn’t want to see anyone lost. For those of you that intend to “blast” me, this is all in God’s Word, repeated many times in the New Testament so that we wouldn’t miss it. You either believe it or you don’t. That’s where “living in faith” enters in.

    • SueTX

      And this is true and correct as far as it goes, fairness_rules. I am much like you (perhaps I’m not as in love with the inerrancy of the Bible though). Where most evangelicals get it wrong is the idea that they have the right and obligation to -legislate- their beliefs and make them law for others.
      If I can’t influence others and encourage them to question me about my faith BY MY ACTIONS in how I live my life, then I am doing it wrong and have no business trying to tell someone else how to live their own life.
      The law of God is free will. We have the right to believe or not. Nowhere does God or Jesus -force- a person to believe or follow His law. The idea that humans can try to force it upon others goes against everything God wants from us.

      • fairness_rules

        You are right on SueTX , in my opinion! Thanks for the comments.

    • karielle

      I have a question. How can you be born twice. I am not being a smarty or disrespectful, but I have a relative who did be born again and he is a nightmare. All he talks about is how holy he is now. Why?

      • fairness_rules

        Karielle, We only have one physical birth, of course. The “born again” in Christianity is a spiritual birth that occurs when a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, repents of their sins, asks Jesus to come into their heart and lives a life in and of Christ from that point on. A Christian must also believe that Jesus in the Son of God and that he was crucified for our sins but rose form the dead and now is in Heaven with God the Father. Anyone that brags about being “holy” because he is a Christian is wrong. None of us are “holy” we are all fallen sinners saved by the grace of God. A Christian should be a humble servant of others with a changed heart. I hope your relative finds a church that preaches the word of God and is spirit filled. He will then see the error of his ways. I hope this helps.

      • karielle

        Thank you. I am not a Christian but I love God. I know He loves me. You sound like a really good person. .Kind.

  • Angel Rivera

    I had a neighbor that set my standards about Christians. He was a Presbyterian minister and he never put other religions down. When he preached, he always said what god meant to him. he never condemned and would get upset when others did not respect people of different beliefs. Boy was he educated, he was a history teacher after all. He also read the religious text of other religions and others of opposing views directly from the people that wrote it. I went to his office and he had books of science, religious books like the Qur’an, philosophy and politics. Even books written by feminists.

    He was an honest politician. He was elected to local office and always followed the law. When he got a ticket, he paid it and did not let the cops “fix” it when they wanted to.

    I am agnostic, but I try to be as open and as decent as him. It’s hard most of the time.

  • Kristine Emerson

    Well said! It’s wonderful to see more people speaking out this way.

    I consider myself God’s child, and believe in Jesus, but I don’t shout it from the rooftops like I know more than anyone else does. God is God, whatever you call him. If I was Muslim, I would call Him Allah, and I’d still be right.

    HUGE PROPS TO YOU!!

  • Eve

    I am a believer and follower of Christ. I despise “religion” because it is a way to control people. However, I consider myself to be non-denominational and have a very strong and personal relationship with the Lord.
    I don’t agree with homosexuals marrying but I won’t speak against it or try to stop it. It is their life and their choice. And all my life have had homosexual friends, including my closest and best friend, who is lesbian.
    I’d be a hypocrite if I stated that I agree with abortion, but this I will say, unless I have a real good plan in place for a woman considering it, offering her another alternative, then I need to be quiet about it and recognize she has her own reasons. It is still a matter between her and God.
    In terms of Republicans, I simply do not understand these conservatives who appear to care nothing about those who struggle on a day to day basis. It appears as if they simply look out for their own interests, and those of their financial class.
    I also do adhere to the freedom of speech and I love speaking about the Lord and all matters regarding spirituality. For that reason, I have my FB page where I can share exactly the person I am. You can glance at it and if it is not your cup of tea, you simply do not have to visit it. But for those who are like-minded, it is a wonderful avenue for fellowship.
    The Lord does send us out to speak of His love, grace and forgiveness. But to try to force it down someone’s throat once they have expressed they have no interest, is disrespectful. And if anything, a major turnoff. Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk about God and His great goodness in my life. But they will also tell you that I am very respectful of others and am not a judgmental person. I simply pray for everyone, regardless if they believe or not. On that note, God bless you and good night,

    • karielle

      Too bad there are not more people like you ! 🙂

  • asconn

    My experience has been that those who are unconvinced or not totally confident about their faith are among the most fervent “proselytizers”, especially Christians. I do not begrudge anyone’s beliefs as long as they do represent racist ideology, or spew hate-crime inducing rhetoric; but I object to the use of religion, in this case, Christianity, as the shield from behind which to attack and defame “Muslims”, and a score of other “things” in a broad swipe of unfounded, racist, generally mis-informed and too-often incendiary verbal chum. America, founded on the principle of freedom from persecution, is NOT a Christian nation. It is a nation of choice. Its Constitution was not written by Martin Luther, the Vatican, the KKK, or John Birch. It was written by some very articulate people who took pains to be as general as fairness would permit and as specific as a good legal mind would think prudent. Nowhere did the writers spew any of the garbage that we hear today from the GOP and for a damn good reason: it’s all nonsense.

  • Collean

    I dedicate this who article to my minister cousin Michael Williams.

  • Tommy6860

    As an atheist, I can honestly say I love this author!

    • karielle

      I would not even imagine judging you because you are an atheist. I wonder why people do that?

  • JamieHaman

    Jesus is alright. Some of the people who claim to follow him…not so much.

  • BruceNavin

    So then, would you agree that a private business owner who has well established religious principles driving his business decisions-may be exempted from having to provide abortion and birth control coverage as a part of his employee benefit package? Every one of his employees agreed to work for him knowing his religious beliefs would guide his decisions. Should he be forced to violate his beliefs?

    • motherunit

      Unless the job is at a church, employers don’t talk about their religion during a job interview. You apply to be a receptionist, a millwright, a gardener, whatever. Religion doesn’t come into it. Shouldn’t come into it. If an employer DID start talking religion during the interview, I would be up and outta there like a shot! Talk about a hostile work environment!

      • BruceNavin

        In many places, they do establish that they run their business based on their personal beliefs; I’ve seen it many times, and they are far from hostile toward people. You indicated what you would do if you went to that business in response to a job opening, but you avoided my question. Does a private business owner have the right to run his or her business based on their principles or should a government agency determine those principles?

      • Adam

        If you do business with the public, you must run it by government principles. End of story. Sorry, but this dodge does not work.

    • Lady Yui

      If that private business owner runs a sole proprietorship for which he is 100% liable and 100% financially tied to, then sure. But if he has decided to incorporate his business into a separate and independent legal entity in order to distance himself from any liability, then no.

  • Lowell Jody Boettcher

    you don’t have to be a Christian to follow Jesus(Yeshua) ,The Gnostic’s follow him also

    • karielle

      True, but that is another faith. Its call Messianic. They are Jewish people who believe that Jesus is the Messiah. That’s ok for them.

  • I like to simplify the debate with a single phrase: No man’s god owns the golden rule. This always disarms religious peacocks who insist on shouting their prayers for all to hear.

  • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

    I grew up as one of “them.” The are terrified
    “of going to hell” and fear that we will take them there if we do not believe as they do. I am about to wish them a good trip.

    • are you talking about Muslims? sounds like you’re talking about Muslims. they kill those who don’t believe as they do. Do you hate muslims?

  • magsmagenta

    I’m very happy to see some moderate Christians begin to speak out, even though I’m an Atheist I do know there are some of you out there who don’t want to shove religion down my throat, it’s just you are very difficult to notice sometimes among all the squeaky wheels.

    • karielle

      Shalom !

  • The article is so deceitful. but thats the left for ya. No surprises here. For you pinheads who believe whatever bullshit is shoved under your noses- here’s a little FYI for ya’ll – Christianity is no longer a force in America. The left won the battle for the hearts and minds of idiot Americans long ago. So what has the commies done for America since they won the battle? hmmm, where do I start? Oh Ok, here I go but keep in mind the list is only partial- the Commie take over of America has resulted in the destruction of our manufacturing base/ our once great cities/ our economy/ our core faith/ our traditions/culture/ our work ethic/ our education ethic/ family/ American exceptionalism. Oh man, now thats a lot to brag about- how the Anti Christian left shattered America. Destroy the church, kill the Goyium, bring Western civilization to its knees. Oh yeah. FYI- after the bolsheviks killed tens of millions of Christians in Russia, they turned on their own- Atheists.

  • Jamie

    I could not agree more..what also gets me.Is how they show video of Obama making a pount when he was a senetor.And he was quoting. Leviticus. And making a point that an American can not govern under those rules..But they want the viewer to think he was moking the bible.which he clearly was NOT.Then they take words out of context.They remind me of the pharacese, and the sagucese and couldnt sees and wouldnt see,s of the bible..The same folks that gave Jesus a hard time…And yet they sopported. Bush.who lied us into war..was warned about the 9-11 atack by the way..9-11 was on his watch..Bush outed a CIA agent…They loved him…so strange. These people…And the villifiy the poor.The thing Jesus spoke on more then anything else..