American pastor wants Atheist registry

Posted on 31 August 2011

He likens them to convicted sex offenders, terrorist cells, hate groups, and more.

A comic strip from a Christian fundamentalist publication.

America is fast becoming the Land of Crackpot Christians. Evidence? Check out Michael Stahl, a self-proclaimed Florida ‘pastor’ of an Internet church who recently declared in a blog post that people should create a website that keeps track of atheists like Richard Dawkins.

The website would state the apostate’s name, city, state, along with photos and personal information like place of business. Physical addresses, thankfully, would not be included. Further, Pastor Mike even compared atheists to “convicted sex offenders , ex-convicts, terrorist cells , hate groups like the KKK , skinheads , radical Islamists , etc..”

This is not the first time an American Christian pastor or organization has made headlines for their extremist antics. Below is a partial list:

1) Pastor Terry Jones, also from Florida became well-known for threatening to burn the Koran, enraging Muslims around the world. After some hemming and hawing, he finally did it earlier this year. His church is called Dove World Outreach Center by the way. The irony.

2) Harold Camping, leader of a Christian movement, predicted that the end of the world would come on 21st May 2011. It never happened, and one wonders what calculator he used. Followers who believed Harold were left looking stupid as many of them had sold their possessions or left their jobs.

3) Westboro Baptist Church, a small family church that consists of, well, members of the same family, became notorious for protesting against gays in America. One of their most extreme activities involve protesting outside funerals of AIDS victims and military veterans in the belief that their deaths are God’s punishment of America for its tolerance of homosexuality.

4) Chick Tracts by American publisher Jack Chick. These are essentially booklets used for evangelism and to brainwash innocent children. The only problem is that the contents are full of conspiracy theories, like how evolution is a lie, The Pope is the Antichrist, and how Muslims are hateful bigots.

But these are mere sideshows and distractions when compared to the Dominion Movement that is threatening to take over American politics. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, who are in the running to become the Republican candidate for the American Presidency, are part of this religious movement stating that Christians have the God-given right to rule and reign over all aspects of society — including your neighborhood McDonald’s restaurant.

I shudder to think what would happen to America if they do win the election.

Of course, most Christians are not bonkers and not prone to bouts of insanity. In fact, I believe there are many who would protest against religious fundamentalism in all forms.

But as they say, madness comes in degrees.

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