My Love/Hate Relationship with Christianity

I’ve been reading a few posts on Facebook about the Evangelicals in Alabama who support Roy Moore. It got me thinking of some of the conflicts that I had with conservative Christians over the past 15 or so years. In the 1990s and 2000s, I used to know a lot of conservative Evangelicals and they were some of the nicest people that I knew. But I saw how their fundamentalist view of things pushed these nice people to act very cruelly to individuals who did not conform to their fundamentalist Biblical beliefs.

Those conflicts have led to my love/hate views on religion and Christianity. Some people have told me that I’m anti-religion or anti-Christian because I’ve been openly critical of some aspects of Christianity. I’m not anti-religion or anti-Christian. I’m anti-fundamentalism. It seems to me that fundamentalist versions of religion, whether it be fundamentalist Christianity, fundamentalist Islam, fundamentalist Judaism, bring out the worse forms of homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance.

I’m an ex-Catholic but I still have fond feelings for the Catholic Church. I’m a huge fan of Pope Francis. But I’ve been reading about the conflicts that Pope Francis has been having with some of the more conservative members of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has not tried to change fundamental teachings in the Church, but he has tried to change to tone of the Church. Yet even this has gotten pushback from conservatives. Conservative hierarchy have resisted Pope Francis’ efforts to make the Catholic Church more transparent to try to prevent the cover-up of priest pedophilia abuse. These conservatives have criticized Pope Francis’ statement that the Christian community should apologize to the LGBTQ community for discrimination and harassment. Conservatives have criticized Pope Francis for convening a group that is studying the possibility of women deacons.

When Pope Francis became pope, I was considering going back to the Catholic Church. But seeing how Francis is having problems with the more conservative hierarchy, I keep thinking about how I’ll be entering another situation where I’ll get into conflicts with conservative Christians and that is something I’d rather avoid.

There are conservative Christians who oppose Roy Moore. It must be lonely for them to see their fellow churchgoers support Moore. I hope things get better.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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