Skip to comments.Yale Student: Reclaiming Christianity From the Christian Right
Posted on 03/11/2005 10:53:49 AM PST by ShinerBock
"On the train ride back to Yale from Boston in the morning hours of Nov. 3, 2004, my best friend looked at me through eyes tearing with frustration and said, Your people did this. She turned her head to the aisle and spent our trip upset and without words.
I am a Christian. I also grew up in the American South. My people--both Christians and Southerners, according to my friend and many Yale students--are changing our nation with a conservative agenda.
That agenda is not mine. Many Christians, like myself, strongly believe in separation of church and state; are Democrats and pro-choice; support women in ministry as preachers and teachers; and believe that God loves all people, regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation.
It is possible for Christians to represent such God-like views and not be radical judgmentalists. It is possible for Christians to be loving, kind, conversational and respectful of persons of different faiths."
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Doesn't sound like it was "her people" at all - most Loonietarians and Metropolitan Community Church types voted for Kerry.
You believe in Jefferson's letter and not the Constitution.
Wow, shortest article I ever read!
As opposed to the Atheist Left?
Or the Atheist Right?
What Bible is this wolf-in-sheeps-clothing reading?
It's amazing how many words some people can use without actually saying anything.
I like how in describing her heritage she talks so much about how racist Evangelicals are. Like THAT's going to win them over to your side.
I think that her friend meant to say, "You People". She should just give up and move to Canada and be done with it, both of them.
Parents don't let your kids grow up to be college students.
This is the great lie. Look at the last 50 years and tell me who has been forcing their changes and agenda on this country. It is not the political right.
Sounds like Howard Dean saying "The Christian Church doesn't belong to Rush Limbaugh".
She is apparently profoundly ashamed at being at Southerner and a Christian. She feels a need to prove that she isn't "intolerant" or "judgemental".
The man who will stand for anything, stands for nothing.
The difference between the Christian Left and the Christian right is that the left believes in the "10 suggestions unless it is inconvienent" and the part about " go and sin no more"
Can't we all just get alongneck?
Oops sorry. Should be can't we all just get along?
sorry to offend the author (and others perhaps), but the Bible does not teach that God loves all people, which the author says is one of her core beliefs....
I know this makes me a bad, bad person, but I couldn't help but get a shot of Schadenfreude when I read this part :)
Don't the Unitarian/Universalists call themselves
A new definition of "tolerance".
OK, I've emailed her, chiding her for making such a non-substantive argument. If you're going to call us racists, then you at least need to make some decent arguments!
Ah, the liberal arrogance again.
Just as liberals are more intelligent, more compassionate, and morally superior to conservatives. They know better than the masses what's best for us. It doesn't surprise me at all that they would claim to be better Christians.
Maybe they could try that approach in the next election.
"She is apparently profoundly ashamed at being at Southerner and a Christian."
That is exactly what I thought - she doesn't have the conviction to live the way she was raised at Yale - so she will lash out at it. Nothing like a rebellious college kid.
So her friend was balling on the train because Bush won an election?
And then blames it on her friend?
Your problem is not conservative Christians, lady. It's the morons you hang out with.
Another 29 year-old college student heard from.
She's not a Christian. Period. Supporting homosexuality and abortion are proof positive. End of discussion.
Where does she get off calling us ignorant when she doesn't even make a real argument against us? All she does is level charges that conservative Christinas are unloving, judgmental, intolerant, racist. Is that all the substance she has?
If anyone is ignorant, it's her. She has no understanding of the political dynamics of this country. The Christian right hasn't "duped" anyone. If they did, then who's the ignorant one?
I didn't catch that in the essay. This maudlin ninnypanties is almost THIRTY?!
The Newly Expurgated and Revised New Revised Living Plain Inglish Wimmin's Version,Third Edition naturally. Doesn't everyone?
As a Christian, I am more concerned with people's actions than I am with titles, and I believe that people can only prove their Christianity through love and commitment to Jesus' teachings.Trust me, honey, killing the unborn ain't love.
If a Christian is murdering babies, then us "right-wing" Christians surely shouldn't call them to task over such a thing. I couldn't bear it if they called me ignorant. /sarcasm
Christianity's problem isn't conservative Christians. It's people like her who gut Christian doctrine and still parade around as "Christians". You can't be a Christian if you abandon everything distinctive about it!
I wonder if she will want to "reclaim" Christianity from
- "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money?" (Matt 20:15)
- "If you will enter into life, keep the Commandments." (Matt 19:17)
- "The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil... The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace..." (Matthew 13:28-43)
- "...outside are the homosexuals, those who misuse drugs in connection with the occult, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Rev 22:15)
Based on the article, I would guess she would rather reclaim Christianity from the founder of that faith.
You caught me. I just assumed it.
I know I'm being cynical. ;)
Or as opposed to the Christian (or Atheist) Wrong!
Another pro-choice Christian who doesn't read her Bible. Where are these people coming from? Cheez.
Many Christians, like myself, strongly believe in separation of church and state; are Democrats and pro-choice; support women in ministry as preachers and teachers; and believe that God loves all people, regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation. It is possible for Christians to represent such God-like views and not be radical judgmentalists. It is possible for Christians to be loving, kind, conversational and respectful of persons of different faiths.
A wolf in sheep's clothing. Oh, oh, there I go being judgemental.
A Christian at Yale, now that's gotta be a contradiction
If being a Christian at Yale means stripping Christianity of all its moral beliefs, then I wouldn't exactly call it Christianity. And she claims to be a Baptist...weird.
That girl needs to re-read Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth (assuming she's ever read it in the first place).
As opposed to the Christian Wrong!
Actually her friend on the train was too morose and busy bawling to do any balling, even though it may have helped assuage her sorrow.