Christianity in the media and in politics..
Today is Holy Thursday for Catholics. The focus of the ceremonies is on service to others, and humility. The gospel retells Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet as a demonstration that although he is their leader, he is still very much in their service, not better than they are.
This is true Christianity - humility and the focus on improving oneself.
Religion seems to play an ever-stronger role in US politics in recent years, and it always seems to be aligned with right-wingers hell-bent on telling others how to live. I see this as the direct opposite of REAL Christianity (as defined as "following Christ", not following the politics of self-appointed people who claim to represent the formal organisation).
The difference is in asking what YOU could do to live better, not telling others what THEY must do to live better.
It bothers me that the name of the religion seems to have once again become the flagship of demanding that basic freedoms be denied to others. I think it's very wrong to talk about "Christian values" in reference to polarised viewpoints on specific contemporary issues. What they mean to say is "church policy", not the values of Christ.
Is there a question here? Not really. Try to refrain from using it to argue about pedophiles and crusaders. I'm more interested in why a religion that is fundamentally about being of service to others is being used as a cudgel for interfering in the freedoms of others.