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Within America, anti-Catholicism has had an old and at times dubious history, and for a long time Catholics especially from immigrant countries like Ireland and Italy endured some amount of persecution from the largely [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] American mainstream. The election of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy was seen as the point where Catholics were embraced by the white mainstream. This was tarnished however by the revelation that parts of the Church hierarchy were complicit in covering up child abuse by their own priests, and a growing trend has been [[PedophilePriest to depict most or all Catholic priests]] [[PaedoHunt as being child abusers and pedophiles]]. Catholicism is also commonly portrayed as the ultimate in fundamentalism and hypocrisy, as a group of people who judge others despite being evil and cruel. Catholic girls are portrayed [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule as easy and slutty]] but judgmental. Catholics have been portrayed as [[ScienceIsBad enemies of science]] ever since they put Galileo under house arrest (the church didn't officially apologize for the Galileo affair until ''1990''.[[note]]Although Galileo's works were removed from the Holy Index within a century after his death, and the Church formally accepted his heliocentric theory in 1800-about the same time that direct experimental evidence for the Earth's motion in space was first presented. Galileo's rehabilitation had actually been in the works for centuries and would have occurred much earlier were it not for intervening political events.[[/note]]) Catholics aren't supposed to use birth control, and stereotypical Catholics have enormous families, presumably because they're too dumb to simply stop having sex when they already have more children than they can feed (and this brings up supposed sexual hypocrisy, of course). However, North American lay Catholics get more of a pass now since the Vatican's frustration at the vast majority casually defying its directives on things like birth control and divorce is well-known. John Paul II helped soften the Pope's image, mostly because he was tough on Communism, and even non-Catholics tend to think of modern Popes as basically nice guys, though Pope John Paul's successor Benedict XIV's resemblance to a certain [[Franchise/StarWars Dark Lord of the Sith]] hasn't helped. However, ''his'' successor (after Benedict's resignation/retirement, the first one since ''1415'') has been lauded for his comparatively progressive style yet not falling into the traps of hypocrisy or compromise, particularly when it comes to discussing faith and religion with non-Catholics and, indeed, non-Christians.

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Within America, anti-Catholicism has had an old and at times dubious history, and for a long time Catholics especially from immigrant countries like Ireland and Italy endured some amount of persecution from the largely [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] American mainstream. The election of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy was seen as the point where Catholics were embraced by the white mainstream. This was tarnished however by the revelation that parts of the Church hierarchy were complicit in covering up child abuse by their own priests, and a growing trend has been [[PedophilePriest to depict most or all Catholic priests]] [[PaedoHunt as being child abusers and pedophiles]]. Catholicism is also commonly portrayed as the ultimate in fundamentalism and hypocrisy, as a group of people who judge others despite being evil and cruel. Catholic girls are portrayed [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule as easy and slutty]] but judgmental. Catholics have been portrayed as [[ScienceIsBad enemies of science]] ever since they put Galileo under house arrest (the church didn't officially apologize for the Galileo affair until ''1990''.[[note]]Although Galileo's works were removed from the Holy Index within a century after his death, and the Church formally accepted his heliocentric theory in 1800-about the same time that direct experimental evidence for the Earth's motion in space was first presented. Galileo's rehabilitation had actually been in the works for centuries and would have occurred much earlier were it not for intervening political events.[[/note]]) Catholics aren't supposed to use birth control, and stereotypical Catholics have enormous families, presumably because they're too dumb to simply stop having sex when they already have more children than they can feed (and this brings up supposed sexual hypocrisy, of course). However, North American lay Catholics get more of a pass now since the Vatican's frustration at the vast majority casually defying its directives on things like birth control and divorce is well-known. John Paul II helped soften the Pope's image, mostly because he was tough on Communism, and even non-Catholics tend to think of modern Popes as basically nice guys, though Pope John Paul's successor Benedict XIV's XVI's resemblance to a certain [[Franchise/StarWars Dark Lord of the Sith]] hasn't helped. However, ''his'' successor (after Benedict's resignation/retirement, the first one since ''1415'') has been lauded for his comparatively progressive style yet not falling into the traps of hypocrisy or compromise, particularly when it comes to discussing faith and religion with non-Catholics and, indeed, non-Christians.
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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany rested on the separation of the Church and State. This tends to shoehorn Christianity into the position of DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this isn't limited to Christianity. This also partially explains the tendency for Christianity to be singled out as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say the LBGT movement engage in this, where Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality, despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Of course, the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional opposition to homosexuality is pretty much applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially the same view.

Christianity, being a large diverse religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks. Muslims quickly unified against the combined Christian forces and events snowballed from there.[[/note]]) which, as has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.

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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State. This tends State, and this has led to shoehorn Christianity into in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this isn't is not limited to Christianity. This also partially explains the tendency for to single out Christianity to be singled out as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say the LBGT movement do engage in this, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality, homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Of course, the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional opposition to homosexuality is pretty much applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially the same view.

Christianity, Christianity being a large diverse religion, religion has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks. Muslims quickly unified against the combined Christian forces and events snowballed from there.[[/note]]) which, as has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used to smear Christianity as a whole by association. UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, wars it has waged among various sects, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian or Abrahamic faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.
10th Mar '17 3:43:21 AM Loremasta1
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Christianity, being a large diverse religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks. Muslims quickly unified against the combined Christian forces and events snowballed from there[[/note]]) which, like it has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used at times to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.

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Christianity, being a large diverse religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks. Muslims quickly unified against the combined Christian forces and events snowballed from there[[/note]]) there.[[/note]]) which, like it as has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used at times to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.
10th Mar '17 3:35:02 AM Loremasta1
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Christianity, being a large diverse religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks.[[/note]]) which, like it has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used at times to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.

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Christianity, being a large diverse religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks.[[/note]]) Muslims quickly unified against the combined Christian forces and events snowballed from there[[/note]]) which, like it has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used at times to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.
10th Mar '17 3:30:31 AM Loremasta1
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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not limited to Christianity. This partially explains the tendency to single out Christianity as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say the LBGT movement do engage in this, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Of course, the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional opposition to homosexuality is pretty much applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially the same view.

Christianity being a large diverse religion has also been involved in several questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well[[/note]]). It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, wars it has waged among various sects, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian or Abrahamic faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.

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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led State. This tends to shoehorn Christianity in into the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not isn't limited to Christianity. This also partially explains the tendency to single out for Christianity to be singled out as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say the LBGT movement do engage in this, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], homosexuality, despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Christianity. Of course, the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional opposition to homosexuality is pretty much applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially the same view.

Christianity Christianity, being a large diverse religion religion, has also been involved in several wars, questionable policies and events over the centuries (such as UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition [[note]]UsefulNotes/TheCrusades can be laid just as much, if not moreso, at the feet of Islam as well[[/note]]). well. This is partially because the main cause of The Crusades was Pope Urban II initiating the First Crusade (10961102) in order to aid the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack by Muslim Seljuk Turks.[[/note]]) which, like it has happened regarding similar situations among other religions, has been used at times to smear Christianity as a whole by association. It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, wars it has waged among various sects, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions, which it must be stated is not exclusive to Christian or Abrahamic faiths, instances are common among all religions. The clergy of Christianity are at times criticized by other Christians, such as Creator/GrahamGreene, [[WhatTheHellHero for failing to live up to the teachings of the faith]]. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Creator/KarlMarx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order"[[note]] A recurring theme is the hypocrisy in worshiping a Prophet who claimed peace, condemned greed, befriended prostitutes and the downtrodden yet opposing any reform or revolution, being critical of sexuality and persecuting prostitutes and homosexuals as MoralGuardians, supporting Kings, Aristocrats and Businessmen, and sparking various wars of conquest [[/note]]. Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often ([[JesusTaboo but not always]]) separates [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] from the actions of various Christian sects.
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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not limited to Christianity. This partially explains the tendency to single out Christianity as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. An example of this can be seen in the LBGT movement, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. While the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the Christian opposition to homosexuality can be seen as applicable to Islam and Judaism as well, the latter two are rarely targeted or called out to the degree Christianity is.

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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not limited to Christianity. This partially explains the tendency to single out Christianity as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. An example of this can be seen in the LBGT movement, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. While the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the Christian opposition to homosexuality can be seen as applicable to Islam and Judaism as well, the latter two are rarely targeted or called out to the degree ofttimes Christianity is.
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In the US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. This activism also comes from a feeling that it's hard to find a happy, well-adjusted, or optimistic individual on (American) television who is an openly avowed atheist. Not appearing to practice or even mention religion at all is fine for everyone, but it's generally only characters with a fair degree of cynicism and bitterness who can state outright that they don't believe there is a God, or even that they severely doubt if God exists (however the latter is agnostic, not atheist). Perhaps this is due to the fact that one of the most prominent real-life atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, was also known for her abrasive personality.[[note]]And her tragic end - kidnapped and murdered by a of a member of her organization, American Atheists, for exposing his criminal history.[[/note]]

The issue is compounded further by many prominent atheists' confrontational and vitriolic criticisms of religion in the mass media and the association of atheism with communism and religious persecution by communist regimes. This is because said regimes were Marxist, an atheistic ideology, which is something that was used [[AssociationFallacy to smear atheism as a whole by association (in some ways similar to how, for example the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades are used to smear Christianity as a whole by association)]]. During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the Soviet Union and atheists in popular media were depicted as communists, even if one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist.[[note]]She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, of course, which may have more cachet in the still highly religious US. In fact, very few TV atheists are portrayed as having come to this conclusion by dispassionate consideration of their experience but, much more likely, they have some tragedy in their past, such as a CynicismCatalyst or gave up after a crisis of faith (which does occur in real-life but isn't universally true).

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In the US Culture Wars of TheNoughties, the atheist movement emerged as a response to the religious right, creationism and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. This activism also comes from a feeling that it's hard to find a happy, well-adjusted, or optimistic individual on (American) television who is an openly avowed atheist. Not appearing to practice or even mention religion at all is fine for everyone, but it's generally only characters with a fair degree of cynicism and bitterness who can state outright that they don't believe there is a God, or even that they severely doubt if God exists (however the latter is agnostic, not atheist). Perhaps this is due to the fact that one of the most a prominent real-life atheists, atheist, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, was also known for her abrasive personality.[[note]]And her tragic end - kidnapped and murdered by a of a member of her organization, American Atheists, for exposing his criminal history.[[/note]]

The issue is compounded further by many prominent atheists' confrontational divisive, selective and vitriolic criticisms of religion in the mass media and media. There is also the association of atheism with communism and religious persecution of religion by communist regimes. regimes. This is because said regimes were Marxist, an atheistic ideology, which is something that was used [[AssociationFallacy to smear atheism as a whole by association (in some ways similar (not dissimilar to how, for example the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades are used to smear Christianity as a whole by association)]]. association)]]. The issue is compounded again by the fact that two founders of the new atheist movement, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, were partially influenced/inspired by Marxism (Christopher Hitchens was by his own admission a former Trotskyist, and Dawkins in turn stated Christopher Hitchens was an influence on him).

During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the Soviet Union and atheists in popular media were depicted as communists, even if one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist.[[note]]She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, of course, which may have more cachet in the still highly religious US. In fact, very few TV atheists are portrayed as having come to this conclusion by dispassionate consideration of their experience but, much more likely, they have some tragedy in their past, such as a CynicismCatalyst or gave up after a crisis of faith (which does occur in real-life but isn't universally true).
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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not limited to Christianity. This partially explains the tendency to single out Christianity as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say the LBGT movement do engage in this, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Of course, the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional opposition to homosexuality is pretty much applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially the same view.

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In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory. The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the DesignatedVillain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World due to incidents such the treatment of Charles Darwin. Christianity is still greatly perceived, and resented for being MoralGuardians, though this is not limited to Christianity. This partially explains the tendency to single out Christianity as ''the'' target religion for expressions and media portrayals of anti-religious sentiment, [[DoubleStandard even if the grievance in question leveled against Christianity can be found outside it]]. Some say An example of this can be seen in the LBGT movement do engage in this, movement, where [[DesignatedVillain Christianity was singled out for opposition of homosexuality]], despite Judaism and Islam sharing Scriptures and views on homosexuality with Christianity. Of course, Christianity. While the LGBT movement is most successful/prominent in culturally/majority Christian countries, and any attack on the traditional Christian opposition to homosexuality is pretty much can be seen as applicable to Islam and Judaism since they have essentially as well, the same view.
latter two are rarely targeted or called out to the degree Christianity is.
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The issue is compounded further by many prominent atheists' confrontational and vitriolic criticisms of religion in the mass media and the association of atheism with communism and religious persecution by communist regimes. This is because said regimes were Marxist, an atheistic ideology, which is something that was used to smear atheism as a whole by association. During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the Soviet Union and atheists in popular media were depicted as communists, even if one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist.[[note]]She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, of course, which may have more cachet in the still highly religious US. In fact, very few TV atheists are portrayed as having come to this conclusion by dispassionate consideration of their experience but, much more likely, they have some tragedy in their past, such as a CynicismCatalyst or gave up after a crisis of faith (which does occur in real-life but isn't universally true).

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The issue is compounded further by many prominent atheists' confrontational and vitriolic criticisms of religion in the mass media and the association of atheism with communism and religious persecution by communist regimes. This is because said regimes were Marxist, an atheistic ideology, which is something that was used [[AssociationFallacy to smear atheism as a whole by association.association (in some ways similar to how, for example the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades are used to smear Christianity as a whole by association)]]. During the RedScare of TheFifties, ''In God We Trust'' replaced ''E Pluribus Unum'' on the US Currency as part of the general culture wars against the Soviet Union and atheists in popular media were depicted as communists, even if one of the most vocal and influential anti-communist author of this era, Creator/AynRand, was herself an atheist.[[note]]She was of course far more vocal and tendentious about her anti-communist, pro-US attitudes than she was about her anti-religious opinions.[[/note]] Many criticisms of atheism by theists also exist, of course, which may have more cachet in the still highly religious US. In fact, very few TV atheists are portrayed as having come to this conclusion by dispassionate consideration of their experience but, much more likely, they have some tragedy in their past, such as a CynicismCatalyst or gave up after a crisis of faith (which does occur in real-life but isn't universally true).



* ScienceFiction series are often exceptions, since many were ''written'' by atheists, and may go so far as to posit a future where mankind "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions no longer needs gods]]".

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* ScienceFiction series are often exceptions, since many were ''written'' by atheists, and may go so far as to the opposite extreme and posit a future where mankind "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions no longer needs gods]]".
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