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War on Christianity

March 18th, 2006 · No Comments · christianity, culture, history, media

There’s yet another war on. Sheesh. I just can’t keep up!

It seems that that another poor, defenseless minority — white, Republican Protestants — are being singled out and attacked by wild nomadic packs of uncontrolled, raging homosexuals. It’s true. I read about it on the Internet.

Now while I might have a few friends who actively go out on weekends seeking packs of uncontrolled, raging homosexuals, this doesn’t mean it’s always easy to find large, organized mobs of any sort except for certain places in certain times of the year. There doesn’t appear to be a “Yellow Pages” listing for a place where I could rent or direct a large, organized mob. Hmm.

Maybe if I went on teevee and said all kinds of nasty things about a group of people, generally dehumanizing them and calling for a blanket execution of all of them: maybe then I would see the things that the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon experienced. (Actually, his list is pretty pathetic compared to the things Christians have done to queers, but that’s hardly a bar I feel we need to strive towards again.)

The War On Christians Conference
There’s a big conference in DC later in the month called “The War On Christians Conference”. These guys are the real top layer of floaters: Keyes, Bauer, Schlafly. Even that paragon of morality and truth, Tom DeLay, will be there. They’ve even planned a “diversity” night where they’ll let some Jews talk without setting them on fire first. Mighty white of ’em, if you’re askin’ me.

I get a chuckle every time I hear about the Gay Agenda, and these folks take that shit seriously as if their every anal probing fantasy starts with a gang of Village People rejects that leap up out of the ground, erect and randy. You just know Queer Eye makes these folks jump right out of their skins.

Other bogeymen of the far right will be tormented and burned in effigy, like the ACLU, the “Liberal Media”, and “Activist Judges”. (Marshmallows not provided.) Having the ADL demonstrate how to wield the anti-defamation club should prove entertaining and educational. Perhaps next year, they can bring in some token Franks to teach the membership the difference between war and hyperbole.

I suppose it’s unimportant that in polls in America show around 80% of the country self-identifies as “Christian”. Or that the last century alone has shown a shocking tendency for non-whites and queers to die horrible deaths at the hands of this somehow persecuted 4/5ths of the country.

The Persecuted Majority
The Persecuted Christian is a remarkably strong stereotype, despite being largely inaccurate. It’s true that there was a time when folks who self-identified as “Christian” took on a grave risk of horrible, painful death, but after made Christianity the official and only religion of the , the risk of horrible, painful death fell on the heads of those who would choose to deny allegiance to Christianity. The “persecuted” stereotype continues to exist today as a counter to the suggestion that Christianity is irrelevant or outmoded. “Those pesky secular humanists heckled my faith! I’m being persecuted!”

Some of the same behaviors that got Christians burned in the first place are still remarkably prominent in modern culture, so it’s not surprising to see the occasional violent reaction. Their attitude of cultural superiority that seemed so out of place when they were being made into roadside torches by the Romans is now anticipated. It’s automatically assumed that a Christian won’t understand and will inevitably insult other cultures and faiths. I relate this truism to the attitude within Christianity that devalues anything outside of their faith, giving few any incentive to learn about other cultures.

What we don’t see today is how early Christian philosophy flew in the face of the political, theological, and cultural norms of its day. We don’t hear about or even know about the public standards and expectations of pagan Rome, or how these were shattered by the anti-social iconoclasm of the early Christians, who would stand up then, as now, to ridicule and debase the moral standards of those around them. They were considered traitorous, treasonous, even terrorists during the Roman Empire, and now they project these flaws on those around them.

Turning the Other Cheek
The idea that there is a War on Christianity is based upon the assumption that anyone without any particular loyalty to Christianity must be violently opposed to it and all Christians, and further that any encounter must naturally be expected to resolve into fisticuffs. Whether this expectation is fueled by the Christian assumption of perpetually being of central importance, or because the insular nature of their dogma precludes neighborly compromise with those of other cultures, this is very often a self-fulfilling prophecy, as anyone who responds with violence to a perceived threat is engaging in war.

Inasmuch that such activities will likely lead to nothing good, I’m not prone to stir this wasp nest and then hang around to see what happens. I’m not so sure that anything if import or even of note will necessarily come of this particular wave of modern Christian political action, but I did want to make a point to mention it. Please comment here or e-mail to me any links to any stories you may happen across involving this “War on Christianity” and I’ll try to keep all abreast of any meaningful changes in the situation or formulation.

Oh, and if anyone finds out what the Gay Agenda is, please alert Carson Kressley.

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