October is here and Halloween is coming up, and so along with Trick or Treat comes the less pleasant prospect of the Christian Hell House.
There is little I have to say about adults of genuine good will exposing young minds to lies and gross exaggerations about liberals and nonbelievers, illustrated by visceral horrors, and doing so sincerely ‘for their own good.’ Let that description serve as my commentary.
Far be it from me to dispute the effectiveness of assaulting emotion, particularly fear, in the mission of capturing children for their god.
No indeed. Rather, I think it would be a fine idea to create a Hell House of our own, with a focus on Christian beliefs and their consequences.*
In a project like that, we would enjoy one insurmountable advantage: while the Christians must constantly lie, we would simply take the faithful at their word, remove the chains of secularism and the wall of separation betwixt church and state, and let their insanity play itself out.
I’m sure we all carry memories of talking with or hearing a speech from a true believer, the sort of thing that made you realize the only thing more horrific than being in the presence of such a mind was being in its power.
I was actually going to sit down and outline an entire tour through my version of a hell house, stocked with scenes depicting the hell on Earth the faithful are intent on creating, but I’ve had a rough week and work, and really don’t feel like putting myself through that, so why not let you guys do it?
So, come up with some scenarios.
Modern witch hunts? Interrogating the guests in a modern witch trial, complete with ‘implements’ and the twitching remains of those who had undergone the purging?
Perhaps the re-institution of slavery? Nuclear war based on the presumption of Biblical prophecy? Praying over a dying child rather than seeking medical aid? The torture and murder of the mentally ill (aka: exorcism)?
The Constitution re-written and nonbelievers regulated to the status of second class citizens since, ya know, the laws and rights of the US of A were made for Christians only and nonbelievers aren’t fully human and need to be ‘protected’ from sinful and demonic influences (kinda like dhimmi)?
The Christians display pictures of abortions? Show them a homosexual child so brutalized by this life and tormented by thoughts of the next that they wish with all their heart they had been aborted.
You may use neither exaggeration nor slander. The atrocity can be as grotesque as you feel necessary, but it must be something a Christian has done, advocated, supported, excused, or expressed approval to see done. No lies. No slander. And you must show the justification. Other than that: go crazy. Hold nothing back. Let no misguided politeness stop you, for it won’t stop our enemies.
Remember, it’s for their own good.
*I considered a Muslim Hell House too, but that’s too easy