God, I am told, is a kindly creator who loves his creations. He asks that his followers strive to meet his example, sharing their love with all his children. Of course, that’s hardly a correct view, merely one interpretation of what God is. Some prefer to remember his earlier writings wherein he was a bloodthirsty madman, and others still prefer to think of him as a detached father. Remember, the same words that inspire the more hippie Christian movements also inspire white supremacists and the Westboro Baptists.
I know it’s not every Christian who would behave like this, so please don’t bother trying to explain to me that fact. I’m not calling out every Christian, but I am pointing out a particular group of sick jackasses who use their faith in the Lord in disgusting fashion. That’s right, they are praying for breast cancer to swiftly and brutally kill the women involved in the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
The MRFF is a group whose intention is to battle the presence of religion in the US military. Remember that separation of church and state thing? Well, the military is rife with violations of that principal, and often a very difficult place for those who don’t aspire to the Christian faith. Read their mission statement, and you’ll see that this is an altruistic group who merely seek to ensure that the rules around religious freedom granted in the US Constitution are maintained.
So, taking a page from the Psalms, these goodly Christian folk are praying that their God ravage and murder his enemies. As PZ Myers points out in the post, this is anything but a genuine threat. I don’t imagine that the women identified are quaking in their godless boots at the thought that the Almighty is going to smite them with cancer. But this is what these particular people think constitutes a reasonable reaction to religious freedom.
To my Christian readers, I would strongly suggest that when you see this sort of garbage associated with your faith, you make some noise about it.