The event of 9/11 changed the world in ways unimagined at the time. A couple of examples would be the rise in the surveillance/ security industry worldwide, the increasing threats to personal freedoms by governments obsessed with secrecy in the bid to protect and indemnify its own, increasing wars spread throughout the globe as well as increasing acts of terrorism in the Middle East and Africa.
But for the intent and purpose of this article, I would like to focus on the rising religious intolerance spawned in the 9/11 aftermath. As the atrocities fingered Muslim perpetrators, civilian Muslims were targeted by revenge attacks and became the focus of increased scrutiny by the security apparatus globally, with intelligence agencies cooperating in this regard, sometimes threatening the personal freedoms of civilians, the right to travel, and refusal of visa’s being a couple of casualties.
This intolerance by extension was to impact on Christianity, so lets’ examine these factors.
Following the attacks on the twin towers, people worldwide immediately looked to governments for protection and answers, so the state ‘opinion’ or ‘perspective’ became their own, by people unwilling to think and who desired easy answers to complex problems politically as well as spiritually, encompassing Christianity,
Nuances were too complicated for the ‘just going about my business’ mindset of the modern individual or masses, and by being too lazy to engage mentally demanded simplistic ‘black and white’ perspectives.
They became frightened by ancient scriptures, the language, translation, interpretation and context, and drew their own erroneous conclusions.
The Atheists in contemporary society latched onto this dramatic change in public perception and used it to their own advantage. The rise of people like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkings and Sam Harris, and their published works added to the anti theist debate, for want of a better word.
Christopher Hitchens was an interesting example of a leftist, who embraced the invasion of Iraq and certain other right wing perspectives to serve his agenda. War on ‘the religious’ became acceptable to the mainstream through his lead and example. Sam Harris, a virulent anti theist who promotes Islam phobia, and is vehemently anti Christian, cannot be considered objective in any sense of the word, embraces religious wars in the Middle East and Africa, and anti Christian propaganda. He has done much to ‘change’ the supposedly anti war rhetoric of the hard left into actively supporting wars in his ‘fight’ against religions and to serve the West’s imperialistic agenda.
So these anti theists have not only singularly pushed their agenda, but entered the political fray and changed the political course of the Leftist parties.
Ironically, these anti theist forces have allowed these lines to blur while denying the nuances of Christianity, and presenting it in stereotypical fashion to suit their agenda.
Stereotyping simplifies reality which leads to bigoted mindsets and that is the crux of the matter.
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