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.