Why I’m saying ‘Bah Humbug’ to Polly Toynbee’s ignorant anti-Christian crusade

Nov 17, 2018 by

by David Robertson, Premier:

The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee wants you to “beware evangelical Christians bearing gifts”. David Robertson responds

It’s that time of year. The time when we all get ready for Christmas – as though we were preparing for a 12-month siege. The time when Polly Toynbee, vice president of the Humanist Society and professional anti-Christian, has her Grinch-like attack on Christianity. Whether its hating Narnia because the last thing she needs is someone to die for her sins, or attacks on American fundamentalist evangelicals, Toynbee never fails to disappoint.

Her latest diatribe in The Guardian is entitled “This Christmas, beware evangelical Christians bearing gifts”. It warns the faithful secularists of that most dangerous of organisations, Samaritan’s Purse and specifically, their Christmas shoebox appeal – which, much to Toynbee’s horror is being supported by Café Nero, Shoe Zone, Barratt Homes, Glamorgan cricket team and Cardiff Blues rugby club. Furthermore this appeal is taken up by many schools across the UK, which in Toynbee’s narrow world should only be allowed to disseminate secular humanist doctrines.

So what does our fearless columnist find so objectionable?

Apparently these shoeboxes are pro-Trump, Islamaphobic and anti-gay. The shoeboxes themselves contain no written material, although they are often delivered with a book of Bible stories called The Greatest Gift. Having read through the whole Bible over 100 times I have yet to find anything in it which could be regarded as pro-Trump. As for Islamaphobic or homophobic, Toynbee needs to take a basic logic 101 course so that she can grasp that disagreeing with something, or having a different point of view, does not necessarily mean that one is phobic about it. If she sticks to her own criteria then she is guilty of Christophobia, Brexitphobia, Narniaphobia and Toryphobia! Not to mention shocking prejudice fueled by ignorance.

Polly tries to suggest that she is the intrepid journalist who has uncovered the “pernicious hidden agenda” of Samaritans Purse. (So hidden that it’s clearly stated on their website how they want to share the love of Christ).

She also struggles to grasp the concept that sharing the love of Christ does not mean presenting Franklin Graham (the president of Samaritans Purse) as the Messiah, nor does it mean endorsing his political views.

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See also: Samaritan’s Purse responds to accusation Operation Christmas Child is ‘anti-muslim proselytising’, by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post


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