MT.......There are millions of good Christian people in the world, my family and most of my friends among them! It is 'not' those people I despise, but the 'churches' who take advantage of them, by making them feel that if they are not a member of the church and do not follow the rules of the church [do as they're told] then they will not get to heaven! This is a lie! Churches are nothing more than businesses who take blatant advantage of people's good faith. Two of the best men I have ever had the privilege to know, were ministers of the church. The first was a Franciscan Monk who was attached to the Catholic church and the other was a Church of England vicar. Such men are at the bottom of the chain and are mostly [but not always] good men. It's the ones at the top who live in luxury thanks to the donations of in some cases, people who have very little that I despise.
My point exactly, Caz. The vociferous, harsh anti-christian, anti any religion lobby need to understand that it is not all bad and that virtually all of the things they say they want in society ie tolerance, equality, forgiveness, compassion etc. are derived from the message of Christ. I don't believe in God myself but have seen for myself the comfort faith can bring . I expect the same can be said of other faiths and if so good on them. What gives anybody the right to say you can't believe in something? Dawkins? Fascist.