of Apology From Christendom
Today's Christians are wanting to separate themselves from the
triumphalism of Christendom or pre-modern Christianity.
"Christianity cultivated and imposed its version of 'correctness'
on everyone and everything in Western society." writes Dr. Charles
Taylor who is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill
University. He goes on to say, "For Christianity to
contribute positively to contemporary society, it must pay attention to
what has happened. Only then will Christians shed their earlier
triumphalism and seek instead to learn humbly from, as well as
contribute charitably to, their neighbours in the new diversity of our
I think that it is only due to triumphalism
that Christianity is so widespread. If Christianity were to
succeed in shedding its triumphalism then its number of adherents would shrink to
that of the Flat Earth Society (whose members still believe that the
Earth is flat). Although there are still many instances of
Christian triumphalism in our laws and in our social fabric, I, as the
Messiah and provider of spiritual leadership, have decided to participate in this official declaration of its
Firstly, there needs to be an apology from the perpetrators
of Christendom for all the suffering it has caused in our lives. So
lets begin the healing process in the wake of Christendom (and for
that matter in the wake of monotheism in general). Below
is my own personal "Letter of Apology From Christendom",
the words of which I would like to hear an official of Christianity,
such as Pope John Paul II,
say to me on behalf of all Christians.
Letter of Apology:
I apologize for the Christians and Christian energies of all times for
their trespasses committed and their lapses in manners and
conduct. It is totally unacceptable.
I just found out (oh boy was I asleep) how pathetically we have really
been treating you. This realization has made me sick (physically
and mentally) and I sincerely seek your forgiveness through repentance.
There is no excuse for the way we have treated you and, from what I
understand, still do. There is no reason for anything but
unconditional love, unselfish sharing and total caring for who you are
as an individual.
For all your lifetime we have done you so very wrong abusing you one way
or another, consciously or not (no excuse will ever be acceptable here),
and have in fact fueled the fire that retarded our mutual advancement to
our total possibility. We did evil, because we have been absent of
If we feel guilty then this is a good sign that we are not entirely
I want to apologize specifically for some of our transgressions:
1) We apologize for violating your person when you were just a few
days old by hurting you by cutting the foreskin from your penis.
We did so without your permission and we regret that you view its
altered appearance as unnatural and "silly looking." We
understand your point that you now look like you could be a follower of
our religion when in fact you are not. We're sorry that you have
taken this action as receiving early notice in life of the Christian
institution's intention and powers in exercising control over you without your
2) We apologize for forcing you to stand up to recite the
"Lord's Prayer" every day of your schooling and for forcing
you to listen to readings from our holy book, the Bible. This was in spite
of you making it abundantly clear that you did not believe in our God
nor our holy scriptures. We regret that when you finally obtained
permission to be excused from the religious activities in the
classroom, that you were made to sit directly in front of the Christian
who read them over the school's public announcement
3) We're sorry that you were left
with no playmates every Sunday
of your childhood because we forced them to participate in Sunday school, even though they strenuously
objected. We also acknowledge that you hold the content of what
we subjected them to as falsities.
4) We apologize for numerous times in your life that you were
asked to pray to our God
at social gatherings even though many a time it was known that not
everyone present was a Christian.
5) We apologize for all the funerals
that you have attended of people you knew where the format has been
restricted and seemed like Christian
6) We apologize for "torturing" you, as you say, for having
to hear songs and music rejoicing the birthday of our Lord
wherever you go in public for two entire months of every twelve.
No more, I promise--as of now this will change. I will
encourage my fellow Christians to be more mindful of your rights and of
the position you and many others have for our religion. We
will no longer seek to confront you with our religion at every opportunity.
In fact we will proactively endeavor to minimize and eliminate the
situations in which this is now occurring. We will lobby
governments to remove the domination of our religion in all acts and
laws governing the diversified, multicultural society of today.
you can see, my life has not been seriously affected by
Christianity--for I never subscribed to its teachings in the first place
nor lived in a one-religion community. However, others may have horrific
stories to tell. If you have suffered in your life due
to Christianity or another religion then I invite you to compose your
own version of an apology. You may experience some release of
suppressed emotions. This would be especially true if you were
able to express it to others. So if you you compose a
self-written apology from a religion, e-mail it to me. I will post
it at the location linked below. I will not post your name nor
your e-mail address unless you explicitly express to do so.
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