Christians persecuted for baptizing children…

…is undoubtedly how some Christianists will spin it, but everyone else will be rightfully appalled by the practice of a church in Colorado Springs baptizing children without parental permission.  It gets freakier than that, believe it or not, for the same church tried to lure a seventh-grader into one of its vans.  Many Christians complain how practices and views which are contrary to traditional Christian teachings are being “forced down their throats,” which is in reality their way of objecting to the mere existence of such things, yet it appears that Christians are the ones truly doing the forcing.

h/t Austin’s Atheism Blog

2 thoughts on “Christians persecuted for baptizing children…

  1. First of all my secular friend. “Christians” should never mean all of us. I’m a Christian — a believing, practicing Christian. I wasn’t to comfortable about luring Children part either.

    But, baptism on the other hand has nothing to do with anyone except God and your conscience and heart’s desire. If someone is of age to where they willfully repent knowing the full range and motion of the act and seek the waters of baptism, no earthly human has the right to prevent that.

    Christianity has problems because it is made up of human beings, not magical and perfect beings. I’m sure you and the people you know are screwed up in some way. Typically, however, sane and level headed people know the difference and how to behave towards others. I probably know more Christians then you do and we don’t go around luring children into vans. We don’t take children to church without their parent’s permission, etc.

    This was a weak and gerneralized argument that allowed you the chance to give a sweeping indictment on a group of tens-of-millions. Nice try, but in the silly.

  2. Hello Jason, thanks for stopping by. Did you enjoy the articles on atheism and communism?

    In regards to your reply, if you look a little more carefully, you’ll see I did actually make a distinction among types of Christians. In the first sentence, I used the term “Christianist,” which has a fairly specific meaning which you can find in the article by Andrew Sullivan, a Christian, I linked along with it. While you may know more Christians than me, I’d wager I interact with many more “flavors” of Christians than you and, consequently, understand quite well that it’s nearly impossible to make sweeping generalizations about them. You know as well as I that there are some, shall we say, very enthusiastic Christians for whom almost any means justify the end of bringing people to Christ. As another, more recent example of this that’s currently making the rounds, consider the following advice request from a Christian parent:

    Dear Margo: Our daughter started college a year ago, and we’ve noticed during her visits home that she’s not the sweet, innocent girl we sent away for higher learning. We raised her with strong Christian beliefs, but lately she’s saying that she’s joined an atheist club on campus and is questioning everything we taught her. Now my husband refuses to let her in the house and is threatening to turn her in to the FBI. I’ve tried to cure our daughter and reconcile with her, but nothing seems to work. I’ve prayed over her at night while she sleeps, enlisted friends in a phone prayer tree and even spoken to my priest about the possibility of an exorcism. I’m at my wits’ end. How can I recover my daughter and keep her from hell? — God-fearing

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