"religion is bad" is how secular Christians (atheists/agnostics of Christian background) avoid acknowledging the power that Christianity has and the way this power is used against people of every other religion.
granted i am ignoring a lot of nuance here myself: Palestinian Christians are not privileged, for example, by any stretch, and many of them are descendants of the original Christians (as are many Palestinian Muslims).
but white Western Christians have a huge amount to do with their oppression: without their unconditional support for Israel, its treatment of the Palestinians would not be politically acceptable, and actions could be taken by the UN and others against Israel.
the average Jew does not support giving Israel a blank check, and would like to see more pressure be put on it, even if BDS is still sadly unpopular.
but the average Jew doesn't have the political power that a few Zionist billionaires are able to wield by mobilizing Evangelical Christians.
@kittybecca v negative version of this was a college atheist display about "dead gods we all consider dumb&fake now". They included spirits from African-diaspora faiths, and a sacred ancestor of a N. Australian people who still refuse to share their stories with white ppl, because of how we act.
I calmly and kindly pointed out that they were celebrating mostly Christian genocides of cultures/believers ancient and current. Only got defensive reply. >:(
@kittybecca this is off topic from antisemitism but I was shocked by the thoughtless Victorian-colonial attitude, also the "atheism" that saw the gods (that they ostensibly *only* see as cultural artifacts without inherent reality) and not the suffering involved in forced conversion/the cultural diversity destroyed.
@nerdsorrow not off topic at all; i was definitely not just talking about antisemitism
@kittybecca side note: the same dynamic exists with Jewish Israelis calling "religion is bad" while focusing their criticism on Islam and often doing little against the crazy control the Rabbinate has over their own actual lives
religion, christianity, colonialism
@kittybecca Yeah the "religion is bad" meme is often used to ignore historical context, and among a lot of "New Atheists" tends to inform a fiercely colonial mindset. It's for this reason I try to only criticize the sect of the religion I was raised in, attempting to form a sort of post-colonial atheism. If someone from another sect or religion is criticizing that sect or religion, I should amplify that voice, rather than speak for them (as so many "new atheists" do)
There are lots of criticisms to be had about other religious institutions (though it's not my place to do so), I do find it exceptional that "new atheists" so often ignore the key difference between modern european christianity and the other major religions: The fact that Christianity was imposed from above by an existing colonial hierarchy (the Roman Empire).
(If I've fallen into any colonialist mindset, please let me know, I've been trying hard to undo that)
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