In 1933, the Nazis took control of Germany with only 37% of the vote. Obviously, they were not the majority voice of the Germans. But most of the Germans that didn't vote for Hitler kept their heads down and their mouths shut. Maybe in the privacy of their homes they would disagree with the new image of Nazi Germany, but the majority did not fight agaist the hate mongering.
They didn't fight when the fight would have been easier, in the begining. They didn't fight after Chrystalnacht. They didn't fight when their neighboors were being sent off in cattle carts to concentration camps.
Maybe they disagreed. But they didn't fight. They did not stand up to say "This is not my country, this is not my belief, this is not right!"
So here and now, in the begining of the fundamentalist takeover of our country, it is up to those of you who would be good Germans to stand up and say "This is not my God, this is not my religion, this is not right!"
I come from a family of good, progressive Christians. But because progressive Christians are not muscling their way in to be the voice of opposition to people who claim to share their faith, those good, progressive people who actually follow Christ's teachings will be tarred with the feather of being "Good Germans".
Jovial- I am not the person you need to fight on this. I am not responsible for the fact that the religion you claim has taken a turn for the crazy. I am responsible for calling them on their crazy, but you are picking the wrong fight. I am more than willing to help you fight against them.
But I am not the enemy to your beliefs, I am not the reason that those of us on the side of ration and reason are disgusted by the screaming biggots in priest's robes.
By keeping your head down, or by picking the wrong fight, you do no help to fixing the image of Christians as extremists.
Go fight the actual extremists.