While I was eating breakfast this morning, I came across this article about BattleCry in the Contra Costa Times. If you aren't aware, BattleCry is basically a militant Christan rally for teenagers. It was held in San Francisco this weekend.
I'll admit that I have no love for Christianity or any other organized religion, and I'm not the least bit surprised that the city welcomed the group with something less than open arms. I'm highly amused by the very slanted writing in this article-- read it and try to pick out the extremism. I love this paragraph:
This one made me feel like the writer was marching me right up to the edge of an opinion and then giving me a shove. "It's OK for religions to spend billions to seduce and enslave our youth, but not corporations." Maybe it's just that said thought comes naturally to me, but it felt like the writer was really steering me in that direction. I also like this one:
And this one just made me want to strangle the speaker. Yes, Christianity should fucking well be a private personal value. Yes, it can be a worldview, but it's your worldview, and I do wish you'd keep it to yourself. I'll ask you about it if I want to know more, and until such time as I decide to share your world view (or wild monkeys fly out of my ass, and it's neck-and-neck on which will happen first), I do not want your values forced on me or on society.
This part is great too:
How about courtesy? Common sense? If you're waking up the neighborhood then you're out of line and you need to keep quiet. Really, there's just no need for amplified music before 10 a.m. if anyone lives within reasonable earshot. It's not discrimination, it's preserving the peace. Comma, you short-sighted self-centered inconsiderate nimrod.
OK, maybe the author of the news story was leading me to the edge, but I jumped of my own free well. I honestly think that indoctrinating children into this sort of culture is about the worst thing you can do to them. If I was king, I'd outlaw it.
Originally posted on patti.vox.com
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