And yet, literally tens of millions of evangelical Christians (especially the white ones) think the flipside of this about anyone who doesn’t believe as they believe, all the while trying to sell the idea that such a thing, coming from them, is said with affection.
If I were to tell Christians they had to renounce Jesus, and that my fervent desire was that all Christians would ultimately do so, the fact that I wouldn’t kill them for refusing probably wouldn’t make them feel much better. The mere suggestion that the Christian faith should go the way of the dinosaur would be marked as anti-Christian bigotry, an attack on people of faith. Forget the “war on Christmas,” that would be lambasted as a war on Christ himself!
…imate emotional pain: depression or post-traumatic stress or just a rough patch after grandma dies. What I do mean to say is that men’s emotions seem to carry more weight than women’s, that they are given more power and seen as more authentic, and that they are more likely to be seen as understandable reactions to bad circumstances rather than oversensitivity or “hysteria” — even when oversensitivity and hysteria is exactly what they are.