The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide — a major victory in the war against dogma. However, the cultural war is far from over. Right-wing theists such as Kim Davis still claim their religious freedom should allow them to oppress others.

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The dehumanizing nature of holiness and purity

The dehumanizing nature of holiness and purity

Holiness and purity are arbitrary concepts, which were invented by humankind. There is nothing which actually is holy, or sacred, or pure. Rather, holiness and purity are two of the many falsehoods of religion meant to stop people from questioning. The dogmatic belief that holiness and purity exist and make something better, closer to God, than the unholy and impure is not part of some greater truth, but the indoctrination that allows religion to keep its thralls in check.

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Destructive dogma

Destructive dogma

Ray Comfort complained about what he perceives as immoral on Facebook. In a vein similar to Westboro Baptist Church's appreciation of dead soldiers, he claimed God is punishing us for what he arbitrarily sees as immoral, because of his faith. Denial of facts, blaming victims of "God's wrath" rather than God himself, and thus supporting the tyranny of God (even though it does not really exist, since God does not exist) are three major problems with conservative theism.

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The epitome of dogma

The epitome of dogma

A conservative theist criticized my article "Love wins battle, war against dogma continues" (July 5, 2015), basically saying, amongst other things, that traditional marriage not only has tradition behind it, but also merit. Of course, I disagreed, which I detailed in my follow-up article, "Tradition, sides, and dogma" (July 13, 2015). The theist then replied to that article, as well, explaining his dogmatic position in more detail, while claiming it is those who support same-sex marriage who are dogmatic.

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