America's War on Christianity
I recently wrote a hub about Rick Santorum which outlined some of the really dumb and scary things he has said recently. I also outlined why I think his views are scary and dangerous for the country. If you missed the original hub, you can read it here: http://elani-lee.hubpages.com/hub/Stupid-Things-Rick-Santorum-Says
Most of the statements that I chose to list in the hub reflected Senator Santorum's religious views, which in turn reflect his vision for the country. As an agnostic, I find his views frightening because I feel that he has a problem with the Seperation of Church and State, and if elected will attempt to force his religious ideaology upon the American public.
Most of the comments were pretty positive and seemed to be in agreement with my assesment, however there was a commentor who disagreed. Although I didn't entirely agree with his comment, it was very well thought out, and it made me wonder why the extremely religious Christians don't see Rick Santorum as being a threat to religious liberties.
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America's War on Christianity
Then it hit me...America is at war with Christianity, and it has been for a long time; as long as I can remember. Things that were just normal and accepted even 20 years ago are now not "politically correct". We can't say "Merry Christmas" around Christmas time, we have to say "happy holidays". Many organizations have taken the words "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. We don't teach children in school anything that might mention Christianity (although the other religions are all generally mentioned).
It is no wonder that the Christians (especially the extremely devout) are trying to fight back. The liberals (and I am liberal) have been doing everything that they can to isolate Christianity and take all traces of it away from the public sphere, while at the same time celebrating any religion that is a minority in this country. I do not believe that this was the intent of the constitution. I do not believe that the intent was to make people feel like pariahs for expressing their beliefs in public, but rather to ensure that no religion would become a state religion, and that nobody would be forced to worship anything. It was to ensure that people were free to practice their own religion in their own way, but also free to not practice any religion if that were their choice.
I don't see why it has turned into an all or nothing issue. Why can't we have five minutes of quiet time in public schools, so that those children who chose to pray can do so quietly, while those who chose not to don't have to? Why can't we mention religion in the classroom as it applies to history? Why do we have to change the culture of America because some of our songs and pledges say "God" in them? Why can't someone say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Easter" without being ostracized?
I am agnostic, I don't believe in Jesus Christ as savior or the son of God, or any of that. However, I'm not going to be offended because someone says "Merry Christmas" to me. I think it is nice that they are being pleasant and offering a cheerful greeting for their holiday.
I think that if we, as a society, stopped ostracizing Christians for their beliefs, stopped trying to force their religion into the closet, we wouldn't have nut jobs like Rick Santorum getting so much support for his candidacy. If they didn't feel like they were fighting a war for their beliefs with the other side, they would see him for what he really is...a Christian radical.
People of any group start to feel threatned when their rights are taken away, and when people feel threatened it is easy for a radical to take over the group. We can't let a radical of any side take control of America. Everyone should have the right to chose their own religious beliefs, and nobody should feel threatened or "offended" because someone else mentioned their own religion.