There were many, many things I woke up to this morning that really got my ire up. There is no way I have the time nor the motivation to write something about them all…but I can try a few anyway. First, I wanted to check in on the Israel-Syria issue (seems the Israelis REALLY want to drag us into another war) and discovered this gem on CNN.
Intolerance may be difficult to define, but some evangelicals say they have become victims of intolerance because of their reverence for the Bible.
The conservative media culture is filled with stories about evangelicals being labeled as “extremists” for their belief that homosexuality is a sin.
Their sense of persecution goes beyond their stance on homosexuality. There are stories circulating of evangelical students being suspended for opposing homosexuality, a teacher fired for giving a Bible to a curious student, and the rise of anti-Christian bigotry.
A blogger at The American Dream asked in one essay:
“Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America?”
The mere thought that christians are becoming a minority is a very long way off. I used to laugh things like this off, but I really can’t anymore. The paranoia that christians are displaying at their perceived loss of “rights” or “religious liberty” is actually becoming frightening. If you couple this with the extreme rhetoric coming from the NRA convention (and their new insane president) in Houston then it becomes even more alarming.
I’ve stated before that I peruse many RSS feeds all across the political and religious spectrum, so when I read this CNN trash this morning I thought back to another article I read that covered the same material. There is no way that I could come up with something this good (believe me I’ve tried) so I’ll just post the whole thing here..(and I strongly recommend this blog be checked often…
I get angry when Christians in the United States — members of the single most powerful and influential religious group in the country, in the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world — act like beleaguered victims, martyrs being thrown to the lions all over again, whenever anyone criticizes them or they don’t get their way. Christians control all three branches of the Federal government as well as every governorship in the nation, and over 99% of both Houses of Congress.
Only Judeo-Christians have ever sat on the Supreme Court. The only way to convince those in power that they are actually a minority facing discrimination is to lie, lie, lie. With some occasional distortion and misrepresentation thrown in.
How can any reasonable person buy into their complaint that the roughly 75 to 80 percent of Americans who profess allegiance to some denomination or another of Christianity constitute a cruelly oppressed minority? It is pretty well known that there are essentially no atheists in public office because they are unelectable by the Christian majority.
Christians aren’t being pushed anywhere. Christians who think they’re allowed to run roughshod over everyone and everything are finally being told to grow up and act like adults. They don’t like it and are throwing tantrums.
So many of them demand impunity for suppressing the rights of others by dressing it up as their right to do so and squealing intolerance when people suggest it’s not.
So are we really seeing an unprecedented wave of hostility toward Christianity? Or is it, rather, that the waning of the cultural hegemony to which some Christians have come to feel entitled is perceived as an attack? Many of the most loudly trumpeted complaints in this vein are, after all, complaints about the absence of special treatment: no special spot for the Ten Commandments in the courthouse rotunda; no pride of place for Christmas among those happy winter holidays; no exceptions for the Christian charity.
Since “special rights” has been a term of aspersion among conservatives for decades, would-be theocrats have at least the decency to be too ashamed to demand them explicitly. Instead, they’ve learned the power of the victim narrative, of framing the debate to cast themselves as underdogs.
Since the battle is a reactive one against the undifferentiated forces of anti-Christian bigotry, such nice distinctions as that between a business that fails to cater to its customers and an arm of the state adhering to strict neutrality can be dispensed with. More importantly, moderate Christians with no desire to impose their faith on others might be convinced to support a re-Christianization of public life on the premise that they’d only be defending themselves against marauding secularists.
Christians have the most followers of any religion World wide! And in many places where they claim to be victims, especially here in the USA, they more or less run the country and have done so since the beginning. Christians squeal like pigs not when they are being discriminated against, but when they aren’t given special privilege.
When courts block fundamentalist Christians from forcing their religion into public schools and government institutions, religious right leaders cry discrimination and say they’re being victimized. When the scientific community rejects the religious right’s pseudo-scientific ideas about human origins, theocrats complain of unfair treatment and hint darkly of conspiracies, again playing the victim card.
The religious right’s vision is one where an individual’s religious faith allows him or her to run roughshod over the rights of others.
One of these days, I hope I can write like that. I’m even taking writing classes to try to improve…let’s see how that goes.