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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

War on Christians
I don't even know what to do about this

I mean really, Joe Scarborough convening a conference about the "War on Christians" in this country? Are they kidding me? And saying that Tom Delay was driven from office for being a Christian? Like 99% of congress isn't Christian?

"It doesn't rise to the level of persecution that we would see in China or North Korea," said Tristan Emmanuel, a Canadian activist. "But let's not pretend that it's okay."

Among the conference's speakers were former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) as well as conservative Christian leaders Phyllis Schlafly, Rod Parsley, Gary Bauer, Janet Parshall and Alan Keyes.

To many of the 400 evangelicals packed into a small ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, it was a hard but necessary look at moral relativism, hedonism and Christophobia, or fear of Christ, to pick just a few terms offered by various speakers referring to the enemy.

So, let me get this straight. America's war on Christianity is composed of the 15% of the population in this country not acting Christian enough. Ok. They consider an absence of complete christian domination of the populace to be a war against them, and these war crimes consist of people having different moral values and a dislike for Christ? What is it about there being more than one religion in this world that they don't understand?

If they keep this up someone is going to get fed up and show them what a real war on a religion is. Maybe we should send them to Iraq for a reminder, or Afghanistan to get them prosecuted for apostasy.

Anyway, this guy gets it about right:

"This is a skirmish over religious pluralism, and the inclination to see it as a war against Christianity strikes me as a spoiled-brat response by Christians who have always enjoyed the privileges of a majority position," said the Rev. Robert M. Franklin, a minister in the Church of God in Christ and professor of social ethics at Emory University.

Then there is the componenet of this that might actually be seen as a war, that is, a war on Christian intolerance.

The Rev. Tom Crouse, pastor of a Congregational Church in Holland, Mass., said that after hearing about a gay beauty pageant in California, he decided to hold a "Mr. Heterosexual Contest" in Worcester, Mass., on Feb. 18.

"It was just an event to proclaim the truth that God created us all heterosexual," he said. But to his surprise, he said, he received anonymous death threats, local officials condemned the contest, and "even Bible-believing churches were not on board. They said it wasn't loving."

If it is a war when people stand up to your bigotry, then maybe, yeah, there is a war against you. But only against your bigotry, not against your religion.

What a bunch of whiny bitches.


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