Speaking out against Christian fundamentalism in a YouTube interview this Saturday, Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe pulled no punches when it came to his views on how the religious right has influenced politics and debate in the past decade.
Kluwe made the comments during an interview with atheist activist David Viviano. When asked if religion was behind Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer’s anti-gay comments, Kluwe said that a special brand of extreme Christianity was most likely the source.
“I think that might have been a factor in it because I know that especially with Christianity there is very much, you know, a lot of stuff in the Old Testament about, you know, stone the gays, don’t allow it, homosexuality is a sin, stuff like that,” Kluwe replied. “And it is really unfortunate because there is a lot of very nice people who are Christians who don’t believe that, but there are also a lot of very not nice people who are Christians who do believe that, and they give the other Christians a very bad name.”
“They’re very vocal, they’re very active, and they’re treating people really badly,” Kluwe went on to say.
He pointed out that if the “tables where flipped,” fundamentalist Christians would be the first ones to complain about being “persecuted.”
“Fundamentalism is never a good thing in history,” he continued. “Fundamentalism leads to really terrible things, and so my position has always been, I don’t have any problem whatsoever with religion, I have no problem whatsoever with whatever your beliefs are, all I care about are your actions. What do your actions say about you as a person? Because that is the only way any of us can ever judge each other.”
Kluwe went on to say that if fundamentalism is allowed to rise, the United States could become something similar to the theocracy in Iran.
“You can’t say no to this theocracy and then try to impose your own theocracy. That doesn’t make sense,” Kluwe said.
Watch the interview in the video below, via The Raw Story: