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Bruce, You Are Leading People People to HELL!

lucinda palestrantA Fundamentalist Christian woman by the name of Lucinda Palestrant sent me the above email earlier today. Palestrant came to this site via a Google search for Darwin Fish. Eighteen months ago I wrote a post about Fish titled, Darwin Fish, A True Prophet of God.  In this post I described Fish this way: Darwin Fish, the truest Christian on earth, a fundamentalist on steroids. Evidently, Palestrant is also a member of that elite, super-sanctified, elect remnant of Christians who supposedly will someday be rewarded by Jesus for their mind-numbing devotion to what they believe are the TRUE teachings of the Bible. Heaven awaits them, their reward for stoutly standing for true Christianity®, while the illimitable sea of humans past, present, and future will be cast into outer darkness, facing eternal torture and suffering because they were born in the wrong country, raised in the wrong home, or had the wrong beliefs. (See Why Most Americans are Christian ) And for people such as myself, those who have full knowledge of the truth, yet reject it and lead others astray? Hell, fueled by God’s hatred of sin, awaits.

Palestrant warns me: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. (Psalm 94:11) Evidently, this verse is supposed to scare me. God knows what you are thinking, Bruce, Palestrant admonishes, thinking that I will quake in my Sketchers over the very thought of her God reading my mind. Here’s what Palestrant fails to understand: I think her God is fiction, no more able to read my mind than Leonard Nimoy — of Star Trek fame — is able to do a mind meld and read my innermost thoughts.

As a writer, public figure, and a well-known atheist, I understand that my written and spoken words matter. Virtually every day that I am physically able, I send out my words to be read by thousands of people. For almost a year now, my editor — Grammar Gramma — has edited my writing, helping me to hone my writing skills, saving me from countless careless, imprecise errors. My goal has always the same: to passionately and effectively tell my story in such a way that it infuriates Fundamentalists, helps those who have been harmed by Fundamentalism, and provide a voice for those who have been psychologically savaged by Evangelical Christianity. (See Are Evangelicals Fundamentalists? )

I consider it a great honor to have the Lucinda Palestrants of the world tell me that I am leading people to hell. Since the Biblical hell is about as real as Donald Trump’s Christianity, the only “hell” I am leading readers to is the one filled with reason and freedom. It is in this “hell” people find that they are free to follow the path of life wherever it leads. No longer shackled by Fundamentalist dogma, former Evangelicals are free to embrace the wild, wonderful (and dangerous) world on their own terms. I can only hope that Lucinda Palestrant will someday experience the wonders of an intellect liberated from the bondage of the Christian Bible.

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    Melody

    “Since the Biblical hell is about as real as Donald Trump’s Christianity.” Lol

    It is beyond me why Evangelicals follow anyone who clearly doesn’t fit their tribe, only because he sweet-talkes them a little. Perhaps it’s what they want to hear? An ego thing?

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    Geoff

    I have to say, however, ‘Lucinda Palestrant’. What a wonderful name!

    She should have been a film star with a name like that, rather than a world hater.

    And how is that Christianity, especially the evangelical kind, with its bigoted hatred of everything even slightly different, but very especially women (is being born a woman not just a psychological disorder; perhaps they could be sent to a rehabilitation camp?), generates so much support from…women. Odds are they’ll be stoned to death, or at the very least made to do all the menial tasks that are beneath the dignity of a man. Yet somehow they seem to thrive on the lemming mentality.

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      Ami

      I have often wondered about that very thing. My mom is, to put it politely, a doormat. She defers to everyone within a 20 mile radius, male or female.

      She waits on my dad. Although that’s less of a patriarchy thing and more of a co-dependent thing. You know you finally grew up when you’re able to psychoanalyze your family without whapping your head against the wall.

      Mom thinks that all the bad things that happen are somehow right. That she did something to deserve it. Whatever ‘it’ is. It’s a really odd thing to witness now that I *am* older. In retrospect, I see that she’s been this way all along, what’s changed is my perspective.

      I blame a great deal of it on her parents, but more of it on her heavenly father. She does everything to please him.

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    Peter

    Well I can only assume that she is not a Calvinist as they consider the ‘Elect’ to have been chosen for salvation before the foundation of the earth. So based on that teaching us mere mortals can’t lead anyone to Hell.

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    Troy

    It has to be more complicated than that, otherwise why doesn’t Lucinda Palestrant heed the siren call to Hell?
    The Bible itself withers under Psalm 94:11…its own words lead it to condemnation.

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    J.D. Matthews

    If heaven is where Lucinda is heading, then upgrade my ticket to Hell to first class, please. I’d rather be there than spending eternity listening to a muppet like her.

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