Author Topic: Please critique my response to a religious mass-mailing from a local church.  (Read 1642 times)

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Although if you're going for contempt, I think you could actually crank it up a little. Some biblical citations, perhaps.
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Although if you're going for contempt, I think you could actually crank it up a little. Some biblical citations, perhaps.

I suppose.  I'm aiming for calling him a bad Christian for rage-inducement.

Luke 6:46, maybe?
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Yes.
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I like it, especially since you come across as genuinely concerned.  You don't outwardly wish him ill will and come across as the reasonable figure providing love and affection in contrast to his exclusion and hatred.

I don't think adding bible verses to this one is a good idea; it'll provide a quotation war in the event he responds.  A response is great, but it seems like you'd rather provoke a moral argument here rather than a dogmatic one.  Have some dug up just in case he plays that card, but don't be the first one to play it.
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This is perfect!
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Nice.  Restrained, actually.


In a related note, we were discussing at band practice last night that Paul could very well have been a self-hating gay:

"I mean, he obviously hated women, while also loathing other gay men..."

"Plus, he changed his name to something less Jewish once he got really famous!"

He totally was. What do you think the "thorn in his flesh" was, an eye ailment?  No way, dude loved cock and he didn't want to.
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I think it's exactly perfect. Cutting is what it called for.

Maybe send a copy to  the local paper, as well.
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Beautifully done, and I second Nigel's suggestion to send a copy along to the local paper.
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That's a great letter, Man Yellow.  I like that you needled him enough for it to hurt without going overboard so he automatically ignores whatever you say.  I really hope he sends you a reply.
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That's a great letter, Man Yellow.  I like that you needled him enough for it to hurt without going overboard so he automatically ignores whatever you say.  I really hope he sends you a reply.

Likewise. I love the thought of a published volume of Roger vs Preacher correspondence.

The OP is fantastic. I think Roger struck a very fine balance between rational discussion and zing. I'm going to show Mrs Mang the letter because she fired off something like this to the minister of her former church after her mom died. It pointedly but diplomatically went along the lines of:

 "You seem to be all about building up membership and yet, you were happy to ignore my mom when she was dying in a nursing home while cashing the 'tithe' from her social security checks. Pretty sure Jesus wasn't into that. Oh and by the way, the only actual Christian woman who visited her frequently was a total stranger (ie: not in your church) who would go in and read the bible to her."

Mrs Mang saw the minister at a funeral a few months later. Unsurprisingly, he blanked her.
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I third Nigel's sugestion. EMPHATICALLY.  :)
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Meh.  Needs MOAR goat blood and "hail satan".  Pentagrams doodled in thee margins would be a nice touch.  A reference to Varg having the right idea would also be a nice inside joke, too.

I disagree with this.
Rog, your approach is perfect.
When Christians see all the "hail Satan" stuff it just reinforces their belief that heathens like us are all puppets of Satan and their holy war is needed to protect their Christian brethren from the influence of such nonsense. It's expected. Hell, it's almost craved. It keeps the fear mongers in business.
Roger's approach forces the subject to look at his own theology, philosophy, and general belief system. He has to take a deep look at his beliefs (if he's being honest with himself) and say "Am I right?" It challenges him to take an honest look at the belief system as a whole.

My brother, a Christian, gets this. He is pro gay marriage and anti theocracy because, at his core, he knows these aren't the true paths of righteousness. Then again, he finds organized Christianity offensive due to its impersonal nature. I hope more Christians give that narrow minded bullshit some scrutiny based on the actual gospel.
The Luke touch is especially nice. My brother often cites that; Jesus never hated the whores and taxmen, he loved them, and we thought that was the point of it all.

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