Christianity Thomas on 02 Sep 2012 12:26 am
This is no surprise to any rational person who watches conservative Christians, or to any rational person who watches conservative politicians (who are generally Christian in the U.S.) in the news, but there is a new study out that documents the fact that conservative Christians have a dishonesty problem. Yes, Christians talk a good game about their morality, and they go on and on about the Ten Commandments, but the fact is that Christians tend to lie.
Akin’s claim stood out due to its highly offensive nature, but it’s reminiscent of any number of other parallel cases in which conservative Christians have cited dubious “facts” to help rationalize their moral convictions. Take the twin assertions that having an abortion causes breast cancer or mental disorders, for instance. Or the denial of human evolution. Or false claims that same-sex parenting hurts kids. Or that you can choose whether to be gay, and undergo therapy to reverse that choice. The ludicrous assertion that women who are raped have a physiological defense mechanism against pregnancy is just part of a long litany of other falsehoods in the Christian right’s moral and emotional war against science.
Lies, Lies, Lies. We all know this: conservative Christians tend to lie. A lot. The Republican convention had many examples on display, as seen in these articles:
- Fox News calls Paul Ryan a liar
- Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech
- The biggest of all Paul Ryan’s big lies
- Factchecker: Romney’s ’12 million jobs’ promise
- Why Do Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Tell Small, Dumb Lies?
Paul Ryan caught a lot of guff last week—correctly—for delivering a vice presidential acceptance speech which was festooned with lies and false assertions. It was so bad that when the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and his staff scoured the speech looking for truth, lies, and misleading statements—they produced a grand total of two “true” policy items. Two.
Why do conservative Christians behave this way? It is so simple: They must lie to themselves constantly to believe in their imaginary God. Since they are lying to themselves constantly, it is predictable that lying becomes second nature and infects other parts of their lives and their thinking.
Are you a Christian? Would you like to stop lying to yourself about your imaginary God? See the light: GodIsImaginary.com