Think I'm One of Them
By Rev. Marie D. Jones
Just because I'm an ordained minister doesn't mean that I
am "one of them," yet almost once a week I find a vicious
and hateful email in my inbox from some ultra-conservative
right-wing Christian fundamentalist group urging me to "join
them in their righteous, God-anointed attack on evil gays,
lesbians, Muslims, Hindus, blacks, jews, wiccans" and everyone
else that is not white, right and filled with God-fright.
For some reason, these whackjobs seem to think that anyone
who studies religion and/or gets a title or degree in a related
field must be on their side, fighting their sick brand of
war against the rest of the heathen, pagan world of unwashed
and unclean sinners.
I spent years studying for ministry, but my studies took
me into metaphysics and New Thought, where no one religion
reigns supreme, and the wisdom of all great thinkers and philosophers
matters, Christianity included. I am not a Christian, although
I probably know more about the origins and history of Christianity
than most Christians. I am not a Christian, yet I behave more
like one than most Christians, at least the ones I've been
dealing with lately (and the ones running our government).
The emails I've been getting prove that to me beyond a shadow
of a doubt. One email implored me to join "them" in battling
the evils of women who seek out abortions to save their own
lives. These women, as "they" claim, were not worthy of life.
Only their unborn fetuses deserved that special gift.
Then there was the email from a person my husband did some
graphics work for, asking me to join their campaign against
the "Muslim evil" that was threatening to spread across the
great vast Christian world. My husband got the same email.
We both deleted the emails, trying hard to ignore them, but
I really wanted to respond and would have, had my husband
not warned me that responding to them would tell them that
they had my interest and would continue to harass me.
He was right. The few times I have responded, so vicious
and hostile have the replies been. It makes me wonder whether
any of these folks have ever picked up a Bible, let alone
read the thing. In particular, I am reminded of the conservative
Christian group that emailed me with a special offer on the
"Left Behind" series along with membership into their club
of "saved ones." I declined, therefore, I was told that I
am now doomed to spend all eternity in hell.
I tell you what. I'd rather burn in hell with my kind, than
spend even one second in heaven with theirs.
I am offended, and terrified, that just because I have a
religious title there are people out there who automatically
include me in their horrendously bigoted, mean-spirited, fearmongering
hate games. Worse is, they think I am on their side, lock,
stock and barrel. I wonder now just how many lists of "Christian
warriors" my name appears on, all because of the Rev. before
I am not one of them. I am not a Christian terrorist. I
wish they would leave me alone. But maybe it's better that
they don't. At least this way I know what they're up to.
Rev. Marie D. Jones is a New Thought Minister and author
of Looking For God In All The Wrong Places, Paraview
Press, 2003. She is a widely published writer of articles
and essays for Democratic Underground, Public Opinion, Interactivist
and others, an award-winning video producer, talented public
speaker, and loving mom. She lives, writes and fights the
right from her Southern California home.