Christianists: Please, Make Up Your Mind!26 April, 2009
When the kids were in elementary school, the wife and I, as good parents are expected to do, got involved with the PTA. I remember the president explaining what, exactly, the PTA did. One of the things that they did was give all the kids a Christmas party.
My wife, immediately, said, “What?”
The president lifted her chin, looked down her nose (which was a trick since it was a sloped room and we were at the top) at us and said, “Most of the kids are Christians.”
“What about the ones who aren’t?” my wife asked.
The president sighed and, as if talking to a five year old, said, “Well, most of the kids are Christians. And majority rules.”
We stayed involved in the PTA for a quite a few years and tried, very hard, to change that ‘majority rules’ bullshit. We failed.
Recently, at a school down in Florida, the parents of two 3rd graders objected, in court, when their children were forced to learn a Christian dominionist anthem for a school performance. At first, when the parents objected, they were told that the children did not have to participate in the school program.
The district’s superintendent pulled the song after receiving a complaint from a parent hours before the lawsuit was filed last week in federal court, a school district spokeswoman said.
But the parents’ lawyer said they are still entitled to damages because their children were required to learn the song. They are seeking to bar the school district from the “religious instruction” the song represents.
The song, recorded by country group Diamond Rio, speaks of God’s place in American history and urges followers to stand against attempts to secularize society.
Take a look at the comments at the bottom of the news story. They run about ten-to-one against the parents of the children. And, in many of the comments, either ‘majority rules’ or ‘we are a Christian nation’ seem to be the main argument.
Debbie Mason had long been active as a volunteer in the school attended by three of her daughters. . . . But she quickly became an outsider after she challenged the football game prayers in the town’s high school stadium. Debbie endured ostracism, even threats of drive-by shootings. One of her daughters, Jenni, left church in tears one Sunday morning after a school board member denounced her family from the pulpit.
For American Christians, the idea that majority always rules is a comfortable part of their life. Even if something is blatantly unconstitutional, if the majority likes it, it must be okay. Quick history lesson, folks: the Constitution of the United States of America exists, in part, to protect the minority from the majority.
Yet, at the same time that Christians (and yes, I know that I am painting with a broad brush here, but this is a polemic; I know groups such as Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, run by the Reverend Barry Lynn, are quite effective fighting to maintain a secular government) scream that they are being persecuted.
Worthy News posts an article about Christian persecution:
More Christians died for their faith in the twentieth century than at any other time in history, says Christian Solidarity International. Global reports indicate that over 150,000 Christians were martyred last year, chiefly outside of the United States. However, statistics are changing: persecution of Christians is on the increase in the United States. What’s happening to bring about this change?
According to some experts a pattern is emerging reminiscent of Jewish persecution in post war Germany. “Isolation of, and discrimination against Christians is growing almost geometrically” says Don McAlvany in The Midnight Herald. “This is the way it started in Germany against the Jews. As they became more isolated and marginalized by the Nazi propaganda machine, as popular hatred and prejudice against the Jews increased among the German people, wholesale persecution followed. Could this be where the growing anti-Christian consensus in America is taking us?”
Notice that they claim that Christians are being isolated and discriminated against. I do not accept the isolation argument — drive down I-81 from Hagerstown to Roanoke; count the crosses. Discrimination? Nevertheless, they insist that discrimination and isolation is there, and it is “growing almost geometrically” and wonders if this means that Christians in America could be facing the same thing Jews faced in NAZI Germany. And who is behind this?
Manly P. Hall once wrote, “They are the invisible powers behind the thrones of earth, and men are but marionettes, dancing while the invisible ones pull the strings.” Satan’s string pullers have patiently manipulated unregenerate architects of American society for over five decades, networking both visible and invisible principalities to discredit Christian causes. Indicators reveal the propaganda blame-game against western believers is working.
Satan’s string pullers?
America from its inception has been a God-fearing, Christian nation. Our forefathers made sure that this became a part of our heritage. However, in modern America, certain forces are attempting to rid America of the Christian faith. The faith of America’s founders is hanging on by a thread. Even though churches in the United States are still operational, the spirit of Christ is being attacked throughout the land. Therefore, the persecution of Christians is growing in the United States.
Because the writer believes (against all evidence) that America is a Christian nation then, because we are living up to the Constitution of the United States, Christians are being persecuted. Then he repeats the same (almost verbatim) tripe about ‘Satan’s string pullers’ and ‘Christians will face a holocaust’.
Please, Christian religious right: MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!!! Either Christians are a persecuted minority, isolated and persecuted by the courts, the government, the schools, the publishing industry, the music industry, basically, just about everyone, or Christians are the majority who get to make the rules. Either one. It cannot be both.