so what i get from this is that christians are intolerant to a murderous degree and anyone who uses terms like “gaystapo” unironically also fellates fascist ideology down to the hilt. clearly these are supposed to be the bad guys here.
"Christianity INVENTED imperialism, thought police, and anti-semitism… what do you think they’ll do to the LGBT+ community when given the chance?"
Wait. Whoa. What? Christianity invented imperialism, thought police, and anti-Semitism? You seriously believe this? Back up a sec… so do you know what the situation in Israel actually was in the early 1st century ACE before Christ supposedly even started preaching? (Hint: There was an empire. It executed Christ for thought crime. It wasn’t terribly fond of Jews.)
Roman anti-semitism was more… Let’s say “pragmatic”. It wasn’t because they were Jews per se, it was because they refused to bow to the emperor. Any group who resisted would have met a similar punishment.
Indeed, the early Christians faced just that punishment. Hating the Jews *for being Jews* is a different thing, philosophically.
To repeat a dumb cliche, the Romans hated everyone equally. The Romans were frequently annoyed with Judea because their strong monotheism caused integration problems, but for the most part they were left alone, allowed to worship only their own god, until The Great Revolt which ended in Rome quelling Judea’s mutiny by wiping Jerusalem off the face of the Earth in 70AD.
Christians, though, increasingly singled out Jews because Christians decided they had killed God. You can, like, see anti-Semitism being born Gospel by Gospel if you read the things in written-order. Mark, Matthew/Luke, John… each one blames the Jews more and more for Christ’s death and removes Pontius Pilate more and more from guilt. The Gospel of John outright calls Jews the Devil. Christians would use those verses for thousands of years to justify their acts against Jewish people.
The Romans couldn’t care less. They had so many other places to manage. Their default was indifference. They didn’t search out conflict, but if they were tested they’d come smash you to the ground to keep you in line.
But Christians had a vested cultural interest in distinguishing themselves from Jews, like how the middle child rebels to establish himself a person apart from his siblings. And they did so by being horrible jerks and as a result, hey, anti-Semitism. Christians created anti-Semitism because it was personal to them. Nobody else cared that much.
And no, Jesus was not executed for fuckin’ thought crime. It was revealed to Rome that he was calling himself a messiah. That means he’s an insurgent. It meant he wanted to round up some dudes, throw the Romans out and run the place, ushering in a new age of Rome-free Israel. It’s like some guy saying he wants to murder the President. Unfortunately, Rome kinda crucifies those kinds of folks for breakfast.
Christianity? No storied history, just a weird, weird modern cult that seemed to be doing it’s best to undermine Roman power. Part of the reason I think it went down the anti-jewish route (or that it was possible for it to) is… the destruction of Jerusalem, weirdly enough. Because the guys who survived were largely the faction who’d not been in Jerusalem, who were the ones who wanted to convert gentiles and step away from Judaism.