Last night, I was watching "Torchwood: Miricle Day" and was struck by something. One of the characters was talking about the possibility of putting contraceptives into the water supply to stop the population growth, now that death was avoidable it seemed, but one of the others objected to this and said something like
"No life is an acident" and then the main charachter in this scene turned to the other and said.
"Catholic? I was Catholic once, I got better."
Now I'm not a Catholic, but as a Christian, I'm used to these kinds of insults. But it got me thinking.
Why do we more readily accept insults to Christians than to almost any other religious figures? I mean, can you really imagine someone saying "Muslim? I was Muslim once, I got better" as part of a prime-time drama and it not getting pulled up by anyone in authority. It strikes me that people are very sensative when it comes to discussion of every other religion except Christianity. Christians it seems are far fairer game than anyone else. I mean, how often do we see people saying "Oh my God!" or "Jesus" as a swear word acceptably? But a single cartoon of Muhammad, and its a diplomatic incident. Thoughts?
Frankly, while I dissaprove of rudeness, I paradoxically also dissaprove of reacting to rudeness. While I've been offended in the past more times than I care to remember, I've learned that letting the people get to you is not the way to go. People, to be frank, are occasionally pricks, especially in regards to people who are different than they are. In short, don't let them bully you. Instead, see why they don't like you, and if it's a reasonable request, change your negative aspects. If you like the reason why they dislike you, change them.
In brief, be the better man. There are only three ways to get people to stop disliking you--one, understand eachother. Two, change yourself. And three, change them. These three overlap, by the way.
Probably because most Christians are actually integrated into decent society and can take strikes against their religion and won't go off and blow up some building in a blinding rage caused by monumental insecurity. But a lot of Muslims who are from the Middle East are used to their religion being on a pedestal, so if someone dares to question it, all hell breaks loose.
Most Muslims I've met who live in the USA are about as tolerant as tolerant Christians (aka, not Fundies or Westboro). It's more the culture than the religion.
But, anyway. Basically because Muslims have a much more tender spot when it comes to their religion, so they protest more. And blow shit up more. And make more noise. Christianity got over that a while ago. We need to work on Islam a bit though.