Persecuted Christians?17 June, 2009
Back in April, I asked Christians to make up their collective minds. Either they are the majority who gets to run roughshod over any and all with whom they disagree, or they are the poor oppressed minority forced to pray in secret and oppressed by the courts and the ACLU. Pat Boone (former mediocre actor, singer and porn star (okay, I made last one up) and currently columnist at World Net Nut Daily) has decided that Christians will soon be fed to the lions (I spotted this courtesy Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars (so blame him if you follow the link and lose brain cells)).
Can you believe it? In “the land of the free, the home of the brave,” the one country in human history whose original purpose was to create and preserve absolute religious freedom for all? The nation whose foundational documents, its Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and its subsequent Bill of Rights, specifically guaranteed that government would absolutely keep its grubby hands off its citizens’ freedom to exercise their faith however, whenever and wherever they choose?
Bullshit. The constitution protects the rights of minorities, not the perceived prerogatives of the majority. When it comes to religion, the government can not force others to conform to a government religion. Maybe it’ll get better.
Our new president, his administration, a Congress and much of the judiciary ruled by ultra-liberal, “progressive” and humanistic men and women, egged on and abetted by the ACLU, are actively making plans and devising bills that will force Christians to either obey the new laws, or be fined, jailed – or who knows? Perhaps physically punished, imprisoned, or worse.You think I’m exaggerating? Think again.
Yes, I do think you are exaggerating and lying:
We’ve already surrendered the freedom for our children to pray voluntarily at school.
Children are allowed to (in the words of Mr. Brayton (I couldn’t say this better))
pray every single day in school, separately and in groups, spontaneously and in organized events sponsored by Bible clubs and prayer groups. Their right to do so is legally protected. But praying voluntarily does not include the right to make other kids involuntarily take part or sit through your prayers.
Back to Boone:
Teachers have been fired and students expelled for mentioning God in the classroom or praying before a game. Judges have been removed from the bench because they portrayed the Ten Commandments in the courtroom or in front of the courthouse.
Wrong. Teachers have been fired because the used their government position to impose their religious beliefs on others in the course of his or her job. Boone, you fucking idiot. THAT is what is meant by the Constitutional separation of church and state.
While school boards and the NEA are falling all over themselves to teach grade school kids about sex, make condoms available to teens and mandate courses that validate homosexuality – all the while seeking to assure that nobody mentions Jesus or God – these same powerful folks make accommodations for Muslim students, providing prayer rooms and “time outs” so they can practice their religion! More and more schools, bowing to pressure, are adding courses for American Christian kids to “learn more about Islam.”
Guess what, Mr. Boone: the religion-based abstinence only sex education does not work. It does not reduce the rate of sexual activity, but it does increase pregnancy and STD rates. And as for the non-sequitur regarding Muslim students, are you taking the position that it is perfectly alright for Christian students to pray in school (not mandated or led by the school itself) but not others?
The bottom line: Like it or not, believe it or not, the end times seem to be drawing near. And unless we Christians exercise our freedoms and our faith, collectively, unapologetically and openly, we will most certainly be facing different, though still savage and deadly, lions.
No. The bottom line: Like it or not, believe it or not, the rest of America is no longer willing kowtow to the radical Christian right. And since we are not willing to give people like Boone every single damned thing that they want, it means that Christians are being persecuted.
It reminds me of a kid with whom I was in Boy Scouts. In a board game, baseball game, football game, if he didn’t get his way, he took the game or ball (on at least one occasion the football didn’t belong to him) and went home.
Christians are not persecuted. They are spoiled brats.