I can assume that Blogger B is a Christian, though the type and style of practice is not known. Does that automatically imply that Blogger A is a Christian?
What difference in the world does this kind of comment make? Does it add to the conversation? Is it important? What does he mean?
Does his statement mean that all Christians are good and only obey a good, well-mannered, and rule abiding lifestyle? I know a lot of Christians who are murders. One killed his wife. Another his whole family. I know a lot of Christians who are thieves, scam artists, and downright liars. Not a very Christian way of living, is it?
I know a lot of very moral and upright standing citizens who are Muslim, Buddhists, Hindus, and even Atheist. In fact, I would say that most of the Atheists I know are more moral and law abiding than most of the religious folks I know. I also know a lot of nasty people who represent a lot of religions that have a moral and ethic code of honor they don’t practice, but they still participate in the religious traditions in spite of their lifestyle.
Does this make one religion better than another? Does being of one religion make one better than another?
Aren’t we past this yet?
Growing up in the state of Washington, USA, we had “us” and “them”. The “them” in our case were the local Native American Indians. We had a great deal of respect for Indian tribes outside of our area, like Cherokee and Navajo, tribal names that meant business in the storybooks of our lives. And we didn’t mind the Mexican immigrants who worked the fields and farms, but the local Indians were considered the lowest denominator in the neighborhood, so our parents told us. Didn’t stop our parents and grandparents, or even ourselves when we got older, from visiting their new casinos and bingo halls and giving them all their money. Still, they were “them” and we were “us”, the better folks.
Living in and out of the southern United States over the years, I’ve found a wide variety of prejudice. I discovered blatant prejudice against blacks. They were the “them” and it was open and everyone talked about it. In the northern United States, I’ve heard complaints by blacks about the hidden racism. Where racism is rampant but no one talks about it. They’ve told me they like the open racism in the south. Huh?
In the other parts of the southern and southeastern US, the “them” were white trash, but had different names like “hill folks”, “islanders”, and the “other side of the tracks” folks, though in another southern area, those who lived on the “other side of the tracks” were the wealthy rich as they lived on the beach side of the tracks.
In Israel, I met a new kind of prejudice. Generational. Not generations as in grandparents, but generations as in the waves of immigrants. When you arrived and how long you had been in the country could “put you in your place” rather than the color of your skin or religion. In the past decade or so, this is now mixed up with new prejudice, but people continue to be classified by their immigration date.
Watching online journaling become blogging over the years, it’s exciting to see the development of the freedom to blog whoever and whatever you are. It doesn’t matter if you are religious, ethnic, or proud to be whatever you are, unless that is what your blog is about. People don’t care if you are male, female, 12 years old or 95, have cultural or religious issues with hair or clothing, or covered with nose rings and tattoos. If you have the information we need, and it’s delivered in a professional and respectful way, we’ll take it. Don’t you?
Do you only visit Christian-indicated sites? Or restrict yourself to only Muslim blogs? Do you stick with only the fundamental versions of these religions and their bloggers or open yourself up to the more reformist or open thinking bloggers? Or do you limit yourself to only blogs by bloggers in a specific country? Or do you only read blogs that think the way you do?
I doubt it.
Then why do you blog that way?
Are you blogging from a narrow perspective and vision of the blogosphere? Have you forgotten that your readers represent the entire planet’s religions, cultures, and traditions?
Blogger B should have responded with something more neutral like “I don’t agree with Blogger B” or even accuse Blogger B of being disrespectful instead of bringing up a religious characterization which may or may not be true. In fact, it could be more disrespectful if Blogger A is is Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or something else. Being called a Christian could be worse than calling him an ass or something even more childish.
Consider what you say when you blog and how you say it, especially if you are being accusing and name calling.
There are no moral or religious codes in the world yet that can make a group of people behave in a specific way. There will always be those who will claim one thing and do another just because they can.
As a self-publishing blogger with no one standing over your shoulder to make you reconsider your words before the world reads them, take care with your own prejudice and where you aim it. I vote for thinking of your audience on a global scale, not narrow judgments and assumptions.
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