A sampling of religious propoganda on the Internet
The World Wide Web contains many sites which contain misinformation, hatred, ridicule
and sarcasm directed at various faith groups. We have arbitrarily divided a sampling of them into them three
Sites by Agnostics, Atheists, Freethinkers and Secularists:
We have surfed some of these sites. Their membership and points of view tend to
overlap. The main Agnostic, Atheist, secular and freethinking WWW sites are
opposed to Christianity. They criticize it, largely because it is the dominant
religion in North America. They mainly use techniques of critical analysis, satire, humor and
Most of their pages are directed to:
We find some of their satire directed at individuals to be uncomfortably negative.
Some examples of intolerance, satire and ridicule were:
The Freethought Web has writings by Joseph McCabe including his inflammatory Big
Blue Books. Some of the titles are: The Vatican's Last Crime, How The Pope Of Peace
Traded In Blood, How The Cross Courted The Swastika For Eight Years, The Totalitarian
Church Of Rome. The last book is subtitled Its Fuehrer, Its Gauleiter, Its Gestapo,
And Its Money-box and contains such phrases as:
...the Roman [Catholic] Church is in sympathy with Fascism and has itself a semi-Fascist
...the Pope is a traitor to humanity.
about 30 [popes] were murderers, fornicators, sodomites, or variety-artists in crime.
The McChurch Home Page claims (with tongue in cheek) that a non-biased,
objective system computer" has analyzed the Bible and studied the character and
personality of God. The computer "concluded" that God was dysfunctional,
insecure, unwholesome and should be isolated from children to avoid damaging them. 2
One site ridicules the famous book by Josh McDowell Evidence That Demands A
Verdict (sub-titled Historical Evidences for the Christian Faith).
This book is
devoted to the defense of the Christian faith. Josh attempts to supply evidence "which
will satisfy anyone who is willing to honestly weigh the evidence." 3
ridicules the book by proposing alternative names, such as
A Verdict That Demands Evidence
Evidence That Sucks
Evidence That Josh McDowell Is Really An Atheist Who Is Trying To Make All Christians
Look Like Morons
Evidence That Demands A Verdict, But Can't Even Justify A Search Warrant. 4
The Snake Oil site has four main pages
Gospel Grapevine which spreads rumors and satire about a variety of Christian
ministries, such as Bob Larson, Brother Jed Smock and his wife "Sister Cindy"
(university oriented evangelists), David Koresh, Tammy Faye Baker, the Christian
Anti-Defamation League (publishers of "Virgin Pride - Uniting The Virgin
Community, in honor of Jesus Christ"), etc.
Salvation Sideshow concerning Evangelists who have serious disfigurements,
genetic malformations or who suffer from cerebral palsy.
Benny Hinn Blew Me concerning a healing service
Robert Tilton Goods concerning "trading cards" and a humorous and
apparently rather earthy video of an Evangelist. 5
The Atheist and similar WWW pages tend to use humor and satire in their opposition
to Christianity. But we have to go to Fundamentalist and other Evangelical Christian
sites to see extreme examples of hatred and misinformation, in which various benign
non-Christian groups are falsely accused of gross immorality, ritual murder, cannibalism,
mutilation etc. There are relatively few such. They represent a very
small movement within conservative Christianity, The main targets for their hatred and propaganda
are small religious groups, homosexuals, and persons promoting choice in
abortion and physician assisted suicide.
We do not wish to condemn all Christian web sites. The mainline and liberal
Christian web sites seem to be relatively free of this hatred and
misinformation. Nor do we wish to condemn all Fundamentalist and other Evangelical
Christian web sites. Only a minority contain vicious attacks on other religions
and faith groups.
Some of the more distressing sites that we have found are:
Exegesis is a monthly magazine distributed by Email and Fax from Washington. 11 They include excerpts of letters of support from Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes (publisher of
Forbes Magazine) and the Family Research Council. It is primarily an extreme right wing
magazine, strongly based on a very conservative interpretation of Christianity.
Listed under the topic "One of The Most Important Articles We've Published" is an essay from their 1995-DEC issue: "Judaism's Best-Kept Secret is
Almost Revealed." It is an attack on Israel's Orthodox Jewish leaders. 6
Media House International is an Evangelical Christian group that publishes a
quarterly magazine Champions. They have a section of their home page devoted to
providing misinformation about Wicca. They seem to imply that
Wiccans engage in human sacrifice. (They don't). 7
In their essay"What
is the Wiccan religion?", they devote two paragraphs to the topic of Wiccans and
human sacrifice. They have an additional two paragraphs which describe Wicca fairly
accurately. They show an interesting contradiction in their essay: On one hand, they cite
the Wiccan Rede as a rule of behavior which is followed by Wiccans. It states that they
must do no harm to anyone. This conflicts with the first two paragraphs which seem to
assert that Wiccans engage in human sacrifice.
The Other Side of the News is a newspaper column which promotes extreme right
wing political and Christian views. They bill themselves as "too conservative for
the media". They say that they are "SOOOOOOOO CONSERVATIVE
[that] we make Rush Limbaugh look like a: FLAMING LIBERAL." Their WWW site contains disinformation about gays and lesbians. 8
The Fundamental Baptist Information Service is unique. It seems
to blast every part of Christendom other than Fundamental Baptists,
including: Child Evangelism Fellowship, Evangelical publishers, other
Evangelical churches, Promise Keepers, Roman Catholicism, Southern Baptist
Convention, Toronto Blessing, etc. 12
Andrew Sandlin authored an essay: "Social Witness and Christian Voting: How Should Christians Use the
Franchise?."13 He is saddened that Americans "have a political system
that does not explicitly recognize the crown rights of Jesus Christ." He believes
that the Bible says that all "unconverted people" are estranged from God
and in rebellion against God. He proposes allowing only people who belong to God to run
for public office. Specifically, he calls for a constitutional convention to propose an
amendment to the US Constitution that would:
Recognize " the crown rights of King Jesus"
Require religious test oaths for office holders as the US had in colonial times; only
Christians who agreed to a specific list of beliefs would be installed as political
In the meantime, he urges Christians to vote only for Christian candidates, so that
someday such an amendment can be passed.
The True Church of God had a Web site at www.access1.net/ttcog.
Their site has either been terminated or moved; we have been unable to
find it on the Internet. There seemed to be a fair bit of
hatred on their site against religious, racial and sexual minorities:
Guilt for Jesus Death: They claim that "Jews and Romans are
equally guilty of crucifying Jesus Christ. The foremost falsely accused, while the latter
executed (Matthew 26:59; 27:12,20-26)." We find their use of the word "are"
to be troubling. The sentence seems to imply that modern day Jews and Italians (as
descendents of the Romans) are both responsible for the death of Jesus, almost 2,000 years
ago. This is the belief that has fueled anti-Semitism for many centuries - the concept
that persons alive today should be discriminated and hated against because of something
that was done by their ancestors 80 generations before they were born.
Homosexuality: On one hand, they state: "Except for blasphemy
against the Holy Spirit, every other sin will be forgiven (Matthew 12:31-32; 1 John 5:16)."
They appear to be inconsistent when they also believe that "Homosexuality
is an unforgivable sin (Genesis 18:20; 19:24-25; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)." We
assume that they use the term "homosexuality" to refer to sexual behavior, not
sexual orientation. Their quotation from Genesis is plainly incorrect; the sin of Sodom
was that the people were uncharitable to visitors and the
poor. The Leviticus passage relates to homosexual prostitution
in Pagan temples, not to consentual homosexual activities.. The Bible
is silent about same-sex relationships between two consenting and committed adults.
NeoPaganism: They state that "...witches...have caused their
own doom; and the face of the Lord shall be set against those who consult them (Exodus
2:18; [sic] Leviticus 19:26, 31; 20:6, 27; 1 Samuel 28:8-9)." Essentially all
Witches in North America are NeoPagans; and most of the latter
are followers of Wicca. Wiccans follow an ancient Celtic
religion. Their faith prohibits them from harming others. Their incorrectly cited
reference to Exodus 22:18 is probably to the King James Version of the Bible. That version
translates the Hebrew word m'khashepah as "witch." It means a
woman who uses spoken spells to harm others - e.g. causing their death or loss of
property. Clearly " evil Sorceress" or "woman who does evil
magic" is a more appropriate translation. There is obviously no relationship
between a modern-day Witch (a Wiccan) and a "m'khashepah." They are taking a
Hebrew term used to refer to evil sorcerers who do harm, and are using it to condemn
modern followers of a benign, gentle religion. This is a clear example of religious
We have found two anti-Christian sites that are maintained by individuals of an
unknown religious background.
One is The Antichrist. The Webmaster is currently remaining anonymous. He states
(but probably does not believe) that he has been sent instead of the second coming of
Christ to announce the coming destruction of Christianity. See: http://www.antichrist.net
A second site is the Bastard Son of the Lord Home Page. It advertises Jesus
collectibles for sale, offers a certain method of getting to heaven. They list of people
who will be going to hell, including the Librarian of the Maine School of Science and
Mathematics who have banned access by students to the site. They also list people who
are certain of going to heaven. Perhaps their most offensive section is a diary allegedly
written by Jesus. They are at http://www.trog.com/jesus
Internet and Book References Cited:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
The Ritual Abuse and Healing Home Page has ritual abuse misinformation at: http://www.ra-info.org/related/skeptics.shtml They have links to other web
sites which claim that the Masonic Order, Satanists, Wiccans and other
Neopagans perpetrate ritual abuse.