Someone who gave the name of “Mike Bizzaro,” along with a strange-looking email address, just wrote to inform me that “[my] soul has been removed from Christianity.” He also provided a link to one of the ugliest web pages I’ve had the dubious pleasure of visiting. It is extremely important that anyone who agrees with this…diagnosis be aware that I am unamused by such announcements. I find it offensive in the extreme, regardless of the motivation behind it.
This is exactly the sort of behavior – and the sort of person – that has made it unacceptable to talk about religious faith in public. No one finds it acceptable. Among other things, it is the exact opposite of humility.
Your religious beliefs are your own affair. I talk about mine, which are largely orthodox Catholic doctrine, when I talk about matters of faith and the spirit. Disagree if you prefer, but if you think it is your duty to chastise me for my beliefs, don’t think for a moment that I’ll be happy to be told about it. Especially not if you provide your condemnation as a “comment” to a post on a completely different subject.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. [Matthew 7:1-2]