Christian Anti-Defamation Commission Releases Top 10 Instances of Christian-Bashing in 2009

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has released its 'Top 10 list of Anti-Christian Acts of 2009' and they point the finger at Larry David, Obama, the Department of Homeland Security, but mostly at gays, and the oh-so-scary gay marching band that participated in the inauguration.

Cass Said Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission: "It is arguable that anti-Christian hatred has spilled over into material forms of persecution in 2009. Christians were killed and bullied for their witness, ministers and churches threatened with violence and vandalized for standing for marriage, and Christians were fired for not compromising their faith. If these are not bona fide examples of persecution, than I wonder what more it might take?"

Here are their Top 10:

10. Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland, CA was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech.

9. Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville, Illinois.

8. HBO's program "Curb Your Enthusiasm" aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.

7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama's presidential inaugural events by "Bishop" Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.

5. Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter's high school for showing the truth about abortion.

4. An activist judge ordered a home school mom in New Hampshire to stop home schooling her daughter because the little girl "reflected too strongly" her mother's Christian faith.

3. The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate" that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists.

2. President Obama's appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the "safe school czar;" pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Seblius made Secretary of Human and Health Services, and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.

Comments

  1. Derek Pearce says

    So they’ve listed these supposed instances of anti-christian MURDER below a TV show/gay chorus and a federal report? They’re not even trying to be taken seriously, wtf…

  2. says

    I agree with Derek. Apparently the murders weren’t their number one priority.

    It’s us damn homosexuals.

    Hate me some more, I don’t care. I’m not going away. If my presence on this earth tortures you, well, I win.

  3. Sargon Bighorn says

    This is not to be taken seriously as Derek says. This is a martyr complex from people that are full of hate and hatred for a Black Man as president, Gay Americans being treated as equal citizens under the law (well not yet) and women still demanding to be paid the same wages as men for the same work. All very awful abhorrent things to the Radical Religious Extremists who call themselves “People of Faith”. Faith in what is not clear, it is most certainly not Faith in Human Dignity.

  4. Raymond says

    “overt homosexual participation in Obama’s presidential inaugural events” = “bona fide example of persecution” ???

    Clinically paranoid. DSM diagnosable.

  5. Harry says

    Wah, wah, wah. Let’s not forget the decades/centuries of prosecution from conservative christians. They are the most evil group of people on the face of the earth. They better get used to being the underdogs because this revolution is just getting started!

  6. dizzy spins says

    I didnt know who Jim Pullion was, and was surprised I hadnt heard of a man shot and killed in front of a high school. Turns out he was INDEED murdered in front of a high school while carrying graphic anti-abortion signs. The man who did it claimed he didnt want kids to see those images.

    Clearly that is a terrible crime–and I could see how some of the other items on the list made it–but now we’re claiming giving jobs to gay people is specifically anti-Christian?

    By that standard, allowing gays to live is anti-Christian, since the Bible says they should be put to death. I hate the fundies, but i hate them more when they try to use our own failed tactics (i.e. victimization).

  7. planetspinz says

    they just don’t seem to get what do unto others as you would have them do unto you is all about — maybe that’s because some of these theocRATS recently decided that if they believed in Jesus, they could do whatever they felt like to others and they’d still get to hang out with Jesus in the hereafter or thereafter or where ever the hell after they end up

  8. sean in dallas says

    @Ray:

    That’s HYSTERICAL!! “If my presence on this earth tortures you, well, I win.”

    I can’t wait to recite that line to my favorite homophobic family members!!!

  9. Houndentenor says

    What’s bizarre about this is that there are a few truly horrible things in this list (people being murdered) mixed in with being upset that other people are allowed to exercise their own freedom.

    And this is the problem with the religious right. They feel that other people exercising THEIR rights is an infringement on theirs. There’s no way to get along with people like this because me going on about my own business, which is none of their concern, is considered an affront their freedom.

    And yes they do believe that the Obama administration and the gays are out to get them. And I am afraid we are going to see an increase in violence from these groups as more and more people choose to live their lives the way they want and not let people like this force them to live a life of hypocrisy (which is what most of these folks are doing).

  10. says

    “Bless their hearts,” as my grandmother used to say when someone showed their ignorance, stupidity, and/or utter lack of contact with reality.

    There is a real pathology at work in a group that says the mere presence of another Christian person they don’t like saying a prayer or of a group they don’t like singing a song constitutes Christian bashing.

    Apparently, all behavior that is not designed to please their quixotic and small-minded view of what is decent and proper is, by definition, bashing. And that’s just incomprehensibly idiotic.

  11. Tyler says

    What does it mean to be a “bishop”? Is that how they try to de-legitimize him? His church considers him a bishop, not a “bishop”. De-legitimizing him like that makes him look like he was never even confirmed.

  12. Katie Murphy says

    The christian conservatives – these are the same people whose earlier generation gave us slavery and segregation, justified in their fucking bible.

    They are also the leaders trying to destroy their nightmare come true – the election of a black president.

    Their techniques were best described as “if you tell a lie often enough it will be seen as the truth”

    We can thank Gobbels – Hitlers minister of propaganda for that idea.

    The right wing christians are the disgrace of humanity. Hell surely awaits them in the end, while their hell is coming true here on earth.

    For all they want is power and money pure and simple. The USA made a big mistake – it never finished the civil war. It should have had a Nuremburg style mass trial, and hung every last one of the ancestors of these freaks who created slavery here in the name of God.

    That would have been doing God’s work.

  13. chad says

    These rightwing radical bigots are not real christians and don’t speak for most christians,while they go on assaulting gays in every instance and are agressive against gays they also play victim while assualting gays. It’s like they are always demonizing and attacking gays and when gays fight back or fight for rights they play victim and say their religon is attacked. They are really disgusting and the republican party is their home. Gays that continute on voting republcian are complete assholes who hurnt gays of all ages from bullying in schools to marriage rights… Please don’t vote republican people.

  14. One of Many Mikes says

    Mr. Cass should have Googled the Internets before claiming the murders were anti-Christian.

    No.9: The accused gunman, Terry Sedlacek has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and suffers from schizophrenia. Mr. Selaceks family has said he suffers from Lyme disease and claim it affects his mental functioning.

    No.5: The accused gunman Harlan Drake has been ruled incompetent after a suicide attempt while in police custody. Mr. Drake has been charged with killing two people: He killed the anti-abortion protestor and then traveled to a gravel business where he killed the owner (for an unspecified grudge) and was apprehended by police while on his way to kill a real estate agent. To be fair, Mr. Drake said he did not like the grisly anti-abortion sign but expressed no opinion for or against abortion. It’s also fair to reason that Mr. Drake is just nuts and not an anti-Christian fanatic.

    The number one anti-Christian outrage-the Hate Crime Law- expressly allows Mr. Cass to hate without fear of criminal prosecution as long he does not incite, plan, or commit violence:

    “Nothing in this division shall be construed to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech, expressive conduct or activities (regardless of whether compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief), including the exercise of religion protected by the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States and peaceful picketing or demonstration. The Constitution of the United States does not protect speech, conduct or activities consisting of planning for, conspiring to commit, or committing an act of violence.”(SEC.4710.RULE OF CONSTRUCTION (6))

    Mr. Cass and his army of haters so desperately want to be seen as victims. You are part of a lynch mob Mr. Cass, you are not the victim.

  15. Boone68 says

    Almost daily, on this blog, there is a report of a gay person or perceived gay person, being beaten and sometime murdered and this jackass claims “defamation” because a gay men’s chorus sang at a presidential inauguration ? I say, bring back the old Roman coliseums and let Dr. Gary Cass be the first one to be thrown to the lions. That would be justice.

  16. Justin says

    @ MARK:

    I hadn’t watched that video before – thank you very much. The narrator does an excellent job of pointing out the difference in language and complete absurdity of some of their top concerns, in contrast with ours.

    As for the rest of the thread, I agree with many of you, but it worries me that several comments are so violent and terrifying. We don’t need to make ourselves look as ludicrous as they are; we have facts – horrible, sobering facts – that enough to show others that we’re right. A culture change doesn’t happen overnight, but it also doesn’t happen quicker when we get irrational or short-sighted.

  17. Jonathan says

    It’s also important to point out the original post misspelled the name of what is arguably the most important martyr, Jim Pouillon.

    Oh, and he also ignored such rabidly anti Christian crimes as the murder of Dr. George Tiller at his Lutheran Church, and the terroristic attack at a Knoxville Unitarian Church (I know, they’re not real Christians, so this group has no reason to decry violence against them).

  18. KC says

    Can these people please, please just stop talking? There are actually Christians out there who see this for the crock it is & it’s beyond embarrassing.

    The CADC can believe what it wants, but don’t publish it online & say you’re representing all Christians. Just make a poorly designed printout with some bad clipart & pass it around one of your little prayer groups.

  19. xman says

    If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God. God and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.

    ~Isaac Asimov

  20. walter says

    This is the same rheyoric that the catholic league has for years Everyone is picking on them and they being unfairly attacked. Meanwhile both these groups have their fucken noses in everyone elses business and feel free to attack everyoneb but don;t attack back their feelings get hurt. In this country their is supposed to be separation of church and state maybe it is high time for the state become involved in
    investigating these tax free gigots

  21. TANK says

    This is mind numbing. Christianity is simply an excuse not to think. And think they won’t. You can’t reason with christians. And to those who might think I’m making an improper generalization, keep in mind that the “true christian” is a figment of the imagination…or anyone who claims to be one.

  22. TANK says

    This particular meme coopts the language of the group which it oppresses to create fear and resentment toward a manufactured foe (or foes), and through fear and anger, it subdues quiet minds incapable of questioning the authenticity of the falsehoods. All of the major religions run pretty much the same way. Call it an adaptive advantage. The key is infecting young minds to prevent the intellectual growth that would otherwise occur, resulting in an adult with the mentality of an angry, irrational child…like the man pictured.

  23. Lynette says

    On behalf of the followers of the true Jesus, I would like to apologize to everyone who has been hurt by the terribly wrong and disgusting attitudes and actions of many “Christian” individuals. Those of us who have learned God’s true heart are hurt by such disgusting behaviors as well.

    Please know that just as all people groups have individuals who behave in a reprehensible fashion, so does every religion. Humans really suck at not twisting most things for their own benefit, power, etc.

    The Jesus I follow teaches us to love one another. Period. He doesn’t condone hatered. I’m sorry so many of you have had experiences with the scum that take the Bible and pervert it to support their own irrational, UNCHRISTlike beliefs. Idiots are a sad reality in this world.

  24. Paulesso says

    Even though the “Christian Anti-Defamation Commission” and Dr. Gary Cass know these things do not constitute a ‘Top 10 list of Anti-Christian Acts of 2009′ and why, I’ve easily found out the truth of it so the rest of can know why they are not. Here’s what I found:

    10. Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland, CA was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech.
    10a He was not jailed for “pro-life speech” he was jailed for 30 day for: violation of a court order and for: blocking the entrance of an abortion clinic. http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-03-21/bay-area/17214518_1_abortion-clinic-anti-abortion-jail-time

    9. Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville, Illinois.
    9a Fred Winters was murdered by a 27 years old male with whom he was acquainted after an argument in front of the church. The assailant Terry Joe Sedlacek is known to have developed mental illness after Lyme disease attacked his brain There is no evidence of a “christian-bashing” motivation. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506820,00.html

    8. HBO’s program “Curb Your Enthusiasm” aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.
    8a The first commandment prohibits graven images or idols for worship, so while urinating on a painting of a man as a representation of Jesus may be upsetting and offensive, as would urinating on a painting of a beloved mother, or urination on your new car, it cannot be properly seen as an “Anti-Christian Act”, it can be seen as offending christian sensibilities.

    7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama’s presidential inaugural events by “Bishop” Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.
    7a The Presidential Inauguration is a secular and civic event, not a religious one and therefore invitating gay people to participate cannot be seen as a “Anti-Christian Act”.

    6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.
    6a Can’t find good info on this. Reports are the students claim the principal called the police to stop them from praying. The administrators says they never called the police out. Other reports state the students stood up wanted all the students there to pray with them, also that they refused to go to classes after the end of lunch. Every story is different. Can’t find that any legal action was taken. Sounds like a student rebellion rather that “Christian-Bashing”.

    5. Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter’s high school for showing the truth about abortion.
    5a Supposedly, Jim Pullion was killed by a guy who agreed with the voices in his head to kill 3 people that day and who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and is currently in the custody of the state’s Department of Health. I can’t find any information about this except on blogs, mostly right wing blogs. And anyway, what was he doing protesting abortion in front of a high school that his granddaughter attended?

    4. An activist judge ordered a home school mom in New Hampshire to stop home schooling her daughter because the little girl “reflected too strongly” her mother’s Christian faith.
    4a After their divorce, the girls father petitioned the court to require the girl to attend school because of his fear that the mother was cloistering her and that her social development was being harmed. Both parents are Christian. The father wants to have an equal say in his daughters education. The judge agreed to the father’s request and ordered her to attend school while continuing her religions studies. This is simply a custody dispute. http://www.nhpr.org/node/26912

    3. The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate” that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists.
    3a Do we really need to answer this one? The US Government is a civic organization that is charged with defending the nation from all enemies foreign and domestic. Rightwing Extremism is a political designation, not a religious one. Defending the country against terrorists of any religion is not “Christian-Bashing”. Eg: The Oklahoma City Bombing – Christian, The Twin Towers 9/11 – Muslims.

    2. President Obama’s appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the “safe school czar;” pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Seblius made Secretary of Human and Health Services, and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
    2a The US Government is a civic organization that must appoint people to governmental positions. Appointing people who may be gay to civic positions is not “Christian-Bashing”, it is a secular hiring decision.

    1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.
    1a Hate Crimes Law enable the prosecution of crimes such as murder and assault where some sort of hatred is the motivation. No minister can be prosecuted for “telling the truth”, but rather for conspiring to commit murder or assault, etc.

    If this is the best they can do for the top 10 complaints of “Anti-Christian Bashing” then Christian must have it pretty good.

  25. says

    The most bizarre Top 10 list I’ve ever seen, like Letterman on Christian acid.

    So Larry David peeing on a Jesus painting and a “homosexual marching band” are up there with alleged anti-Christian murders?

    The most ironic one, of course, is #1: objecting to Federal Hate Crimes legislation now that it includes gay people. What they fail to point out is that it also protects THEM and would punish hate crimes against Christians. Why no opposition to hate crimes before now? Why no worry that a gay person could also be “vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about” religion? Not that one would expect logic or reason from anyone who feels persecuted by the Gay Men’s Chorus.

  26. Anthony Niedwiecki says

    I find it interesting that Cass makes a statement about Gene Robinson. A couple of years ago, I organized a lecture series at my law school (Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale) on gay issues. Rev. Robinson was one of the speakers and Cass attended the lecture. After the lecture, we had a reception where Cass confronted Robinson. At one point, Rev. Robinson told Cass that he was welcome to come to his church to hear that they had more in common than Cass would think, and said that he was sure that Cass would welcome him to his church as well. Cass responded by saying that Robinson was not welcome at his church and he would not go to Robinson’s vile church. Cass came across as threatening and actually frightened me and others. Rev. Robinson and I had to then be escorted out of the school with four police officers.

  27. says

    This: 7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama’s presidential inaugural events by “Bishop” Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

    …is not Christian bashing if it precedes Rick Warren.

  28. Dawson says

    Well, my question is if he is a true follower of this book of fiction has he killed his first born child?

    Or does he believe that those who commit “adultery shall be put to death” Leviticus 20:10.

    Does he wear clothes from two different material–“Nor shall you put on a garment made of two different materials.” Leviticus 19:19.

    Or does he consider all women “unclean” for seven days because they had their period.–Leviticus–15:19.

    Does he believe in the ownership of slaves?–Leviticus–25:45. Does he eat shell fish?

    Maybe he should read Leviticus 19:17–“You shall not take vengeance, or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Amazing how this little section is so often overlooked.

  29. Willaim Dunigan says

    Greetings to one and all: In that most precious name. That name which is above every name, the name: “Jesus”

    There’s tremendous power in that name. I’d suppose we’ll never fully realize all that can truly be accomplished, by us simply calling out that name in true faith.

    There’s an old, old, gospel song that goes like this: Faith in the Father, faith in the Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, great victories are won. Demons will tremble and sinners will awake, faith in Jehovah will anything shake.

    For you who have never come into this realization, if you’re reading this, just give him a welcome into your heart and life. You will both feel and see an awesome difference. You will have also purchased the ticket to heaven (by accepting, therefore making him welcome to come into your life. You will also sup from His cup that contains living water. (As did the woman at the well of Bethesda.) John 4:10

    http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BeyondTheGoldenSunsetAndByTheCrystalSea.html

    http://www.eloquentbooks.com/OffToVisitTheProphetElijah

  30. Gregg says

    Most posts are missing the point. Violent attacks on Christianity are increasing and somehow condoned in your mind. So you have all become what you are complaining about. It’s OK to be pro-death or pro-gay but don’t be pro-Christ “that’s just not fair to others”. The vast majority of Christians wan’t to be left alone. The outspoken ones want our government and others to stop cramming moral poison down our children’s throat with our own tax money.

  31. Gregg says

    Have you ever wondered why it’s more acceptable to be any other religion besides Christian in this country? If you say anything about other religous groups it is “not politically correct”. But it’s OK to bash Christians.

    Have you ever noticed that nobody says Allah or Buddah or Krisna when they get angry? The take the Lords name in vain. Why is that?

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