I don't have any direct opinion on any particular group of people, unless they are apart of something with the intent to be an awful person (example: Neo-nazis). Either than that, I usually judge them individually, or by sects. In regards to Christians, in my experience, I have not met very many that were not judgmental, willfully ignorant, hypocritical or intolerant. However, there are some good Christians out there and I have met a few. I don't like their religion regardless, but there are some teachings I admire about it (giving to the poor, healing the sick, feeding the hungry). If only most Christians actually followed those principles but many, especially conservatives I have met/spoken to, believe in the exact opposite.
No... "Christians" as a group is fine. Look, you can choose to be a Christian. You don't choose to be black or white. Regardless, my experiences with Christians (the people) can be generalized. All are not bad, on the whole most are nice enough, the exceptions are horrible. The entire group provide cover for the damage done by the few. Christians are therefor "mostly negative" to me, aside from the fact that most are not completely unpleasant people individually.
I think one of the main problems in regards to Christianity are that the most vocal members of the community also happen to be the most intolerant. This gives a very negative view of us, despite many christians being more open and loving than people think.
@TBR Well, then you should understand that this question is about your opinion about the people of a faith, not the actual faith itself. Having a mostly negative view on the people of a particular faith is a bigoted position.
@NewLifeChristian - Part of what I am getting at is, Christianity is about guiding the behavior of the followers. Christians therefore reflect what the religion is. Christians choose to be Christians. If I feel that the sum total of what the religion is, is negative, then it is only logical for me to say "Mostly Negative" regardless of how many "nice enough" Christians I know.
TBR, I agree with your assertion that the religion reflects the people who follow it, but I must point out that we are all individuals who make our own decisions, and interpret the beliefs we follow differently. I absolutely hate Christianity, as I do all religions, because it is an awful, outdated belief system, but all Christians are not the same. In fact, most Christians don't even know what their religion entails, they just happen to be born into a Christian family and have chosen to identify with that aspect of their lives.
@briantheliberal - And I don't disagree, but I am going out on the limb on purpose. This is not because I personalty dislike every Christian I run across, in America that would be tough. However, even the "nice Christian" is part of a system that HE ascribes to willingly. The question then becomes, is it bigoted to say so.
Many Christians have forsaken what the Bible actually says, and many others have fallen into sin due to the constant secular influence around them. I really don't have a right to condemn, but the Church has fallen a long ways from 100 years ago or so.
NewLifeChristian, I hate Christianity because the religion itself, its holy book is illogical, unreasonable, full of contradictions, fairy tales that conflict with actual historical and scientific facts. It is used to brainwash and indoctrinate people, spread and justify atrocities, ignorance, intolerance, and bigotry, dismiss reason and facts. The laws of the religion are incredibly outdated and do not align with reality. I can go on, but I will just end it there.
Vox, "the Church has fallen a long ways from 100 years ago or so." - About 100 years ago, people were using "the Church" and the Bible to justify slavery. Before that, Christians were slaughtering and oppressing millions of people, and the Church was doing whatever they could to suppress any form of scientific innovation. To me they have improved, but that is only because they have lost some of their power.
I'm not bigoted. I'm sorry, but I have never met one nice Christian that is devout. Social media doesn't count (there are some nice devout christians) because I don't know them. Maybe it's just cuz I live in St. Louis. I don't know. But I'm going with mostly negative because of experience.