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AJ Thomas
Intoxicated by redemption, addicted to life change, always craving that next hit of Kingdom come.
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AJ Thomas 54m
Replying to @StMattsBetsy
My church has been vandalized as well but it's mostly just tagging and such. Nothing specifically anti-christian or anti-religious in terms of any sort of message. Of course my church also looks bad enough from the outside as it is. Graffiti is often an improvement :)
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AJ Thomas 56m
Replying to @StMattsBetsy
Well argued here and I can see the nuances that you are pointing out. Thanks.
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AJ Thomas 5h
Replying to @oljonnyhurd
I’ve decided to stop meaning anything at all on twitter.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
Finally - my point was not to create some sort of competition but to point out the intellectual disconnect in how our culture perceives actions taken against groups based on the historic experience of those groups as opposed to any actual evidence of motivation or intent.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
Fifth I think the anti-religious vandalism (against any group) in our city is generally perpetrated by individuals who are as motivated by the "vandalism" part as the "anti-religious" part.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
Fourth Despite the harshness cited below I still think that from a global perspective Halifax is still an astoundingly safe and easy placer to be a follower of Jesus. I think that is changing but slowly and we still have a LONG way to go before we dare call ourselves persecuted.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
Third I do see several examples of strong anti-christian sentiment in Halifax, and here on twitter specifically. I also interact with folks in my congregation on a fairly regular basis who face rudeness and rejection and ill-will due to their faith.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
Second let me say that while I understand that the spray painting of christian property with blasphemous language is upsetting and unlawful it is incredibly light as religious opposition and "persecution" go.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
First off let me say that on a national scale I see plenty of examples of serious persecution of Jewish and Muslim folks and I condemn that and believe that followers of Jesus should work to defend folks form this injustice.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @theajthomas
So there has been some disagreement with this tweet - I'm fine with that. But there has also been some confusion about my intention so let me clarify a bit what I'm getting at here. This may take a few tweets.
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AJ Thomas 6h
But I can see both by your explanation and some other people's response that many people are seeing implications in my statement that go much further than that. I shall add a clarifying addendum to my tweet.
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AJ Thomas 6h
It was indeed not my intent to create any sort of division but simply to draw attention to the intellectual disconnect between the way people interpret these types of events in Halifax and how quickly people dismiss some and inflame others without fuller knowledge.
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AJ Thomas 6h
I actually do think the vandalism of catholic churches in the city lately very likely is just a couple of people, teenage or otherwise, who are being idiots and get a kick out of being offensive. They may or may not also have some actual anti-catholic sentiment.
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AJ Thomas 6h
I'm just trying to figure out where you are picking up all this subtext and motivation and back story from that is inspiring you to respond to things I haven't said.
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AJ Thomas 6h
Replying to @zgreenham
1. Same person who asked you to respond I would guess. 2. I agree with that 100%. 3. Indeed it is. Made more sense when I was a child.
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AJ Thomas 7h
When did I say "woe is us?" What sympathy did I ask for? Where did I imply that I thought Christians had it bad?
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AJ Thomas 7h
And I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm attempting (perhaps poorly) to use sarcasm to draw attention to intellectual inconsistency.
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AJ Thomas 7h
All I'm attempting to imply is that there is a disconnect in how people tend to see otherwise parallel incidents. I don't think any religious group faces any sort of meaningfully major persecution in Halifax.
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AJ Thomas 7h
So being in a position of power (assuming that is still true) means people cannot hate you and you can infer the motivations of vandals by the historic privilege of those they have vandalized?
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AJ Thomas 7h
Never said we were.
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