There are no Christians at Sparrow Chat. There is, however, a working knowledge of that accruement of old tales from a variety of sources, known collectively as the ‘Bible’; the ‘Holy Bible’; the ‘Book’, and even more mythologically, the ‘Word of God’.
Whatever one’s position on the accuracy, or otherwise, of this accretion it seems logical to expect those self-designated ‘followers’ of the book’s main starring character to act in accordance with their leader’s Divine instruction.
Even the Sparrow Chat pagans are familiar with the first, and we are told, greatest commandment, as set out in the Book of Matthew, Chap 22: 35-39:
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Why, then, did it come as no surprise to read this recently, from ABC News:
Flaring tensions led to violence and an arrest in Michigan this weekend as members of Christian missionary groups turned up to protest at the largest public gathering of Arab-Americans in the U.S.
Christian protesters traveled across the country to Dearborn, Mich., where they taunted attendees and even held a severed pig’s head for three days at the annual Arab International Festival. The protests turned violent Sunday, and by the end of the day as many as 10 people facing disorderly conduct or assault charges, according to ABC News Detroit affiliate WXYZ.
“You’re going to burn in hell,” a missionary reportedly yelled at a group of Arab-American boys, while other protesters held anti-Muslim signs that made bigoted remarks about Islam and its prophet Mohammed, including “Islam is a religion of blood and murder” and “Muhammad (Islam’s prophet) is a … liar, false prophet, murderer, child molesting pervert.”
It’s no surprise because it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from certain sections of America’s so-called ‘Christian’ community. We’ve already got the lunatic, Fred Phelps, his satanic daughter, and various wacky hangers-on from the self-styled Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, spitting hate at anyone not conforming to their crackpot ideologies – which is just about everyone…
…so it barely raises an eyebrow when a load of ‘Christian missionaries’ rampage across the country hurling hate at their fellow Americans for daring to hold a differing religious viewpoint from their own.
Though, one has to question just what these ‘missionaries’ are teaching their converts about Christ’s message. Obviously, not to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’.
Only in America is this sort of hatred tolerated under the guise of…what? Freedom of speech? Religious freedom? Defending God’s Word?
Or, is it just another form of racial hatred and bigotry, for which this nation is so renowned, wrapped up in the guise of that eternal excuse for a whipping-boy, religion?
Thankfully, there are still a few of us pagans left only too happy to follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and love our neighbors – the only proviso, they’re not members of the Westboro Baptist Church, or Christian missionaries hell-bent on a hate crusade.
 “Christian Taunts and Violence Mar Arab Festival in Michigan” ABC News, June 18th 2010