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- Posted: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 05:15:02 +0000
I see a pretty large subculture of Christians who sin and then repent, sin then repent. They treat people like total s**t for not being Christian, OR, they are like really nice in person, but stab you in the back later. It is SO common. We hear about it happening mostly to LGBT kids. Almost everyone has that "crazy Christian friend/acquaintance". It's not like they're the rare hermits that you only see once in a blue moon.
I've met about three people like the ones you describe, all of them online. The vast majority of people who call themselves Christian that I have ever known--and they number in the hundreds--are pretty great people. Yea, everyone's got their faults, but if I didn't know their religious beliefs I couldn't really differentiate them from the Jews, atheists, agnostics, or Buddhists that I've known.
I think demographics vary across the country. I don't take my experience to mean that Christians are almost all wonderful, amazing people. But I do know that, when someone attacks you or people dear to you or even just people you agree with, you're more likely to take it personally than when someone attacks other people, especially people you disagree with. Christians tend to take notice when a teacher tells a kid he can't draw pictures of Jesus or says a girl can't wear a cross necklace, while non-Christians tend to take notice when people demand that the ten commandments be displayed on public property or want to make store employees start wishing people "Merry Christmas" again. It's just the way we are, as people. Obama supporters will take more notice and be more outraged when someone says something nasty about Obama, while Bush supporters took more notice and became more outraged when folks would say nasty things about Bush. Working moms will get mad when stay-at-home moms insinuate they aren't good moms; stay-at-home moms will get mad when working moms insinuate that they don't work very hard.
So, it may be really easy for you to notice when Christians are being assholes, and you compile all the evidence and build it up because obviously, those people ARE being assholes. Keep in mind, in America anyways, there are far more people who identify as Christian than people who don't identify as Christian, so statistically there will be more a*****e Christians than a*****e Jews. (Ironically, most of the assholes I grew up around were Jewish.)
And Christians will get a bit touchy when someone insinuates that the majority of people like them aren't very good people after all. People are people everywhere. You're going to find assholes and you're going to find sweethearts. The majority of people fall into neither category; the majority of folks will have their good days and their bad days.
The internet is not a perfect microcosm of reality, even moreso because people feel there's no real-life consequence for running their mouths. We can address bad behavior on the internet, by all means. Just don't cloud the issue by claiming that's what the majority of <X group> does.