- Religion and Philosophy
Defending Christianity in a Hostile World
Hostility Towards Christians
Our children are growing up in a world hostile to Christianity. Rather than safeguarding religious freedom, government has failed to uphold the Constitution, which in no uncertain terms states in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” Obviously, this hasn’t been the case. Church attendance by American youths has reached all time lows.
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia “Persecution is the suffering or pressure, mental, moral, or physical, which authorities, individuals, or crowds inflict on others, especially for opinions or beliefs, with a view to their subjection by recantation, silencing, or as a last resort, execution”
Persecution has been around since man’s beginning. Cain was the first murderer. Cain persecuted Abel…“Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John. 3:12).
Religious oppression is nothing new. There are many forms of persecution today, although some more subtle than others. “…they cast him out of the city and stoned him” (Acts 7:58). The silencing of Christians is of utmost interest to Satan and he utilizes all means at hand to silence them. However, Christians are protected by the U.S. Constitution against religious discrimination…hey, somebody tell those guys in the 3rd row to stop laughing.
But seriously, it’s not funny. Read what David Limbaugh, author of “Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity” wrote. “Anti-Christian discrimination occurs in a variety of contexts throughout our culture, from the public sector to the private sector, in the mainstream media and in Hollywood, in the public education system and in our universities. Often the discrimination comes from activist judges misinterpreting the law (the hostility to Christian religious freedom infects our judiciary as much as anywhere else); other times it comes from entities misapplying the law.”
“It also comes from what we call political correctness.” Limbaugh continues. “The discrimination mostly stems from hostility to Christianity and from rampant disinformation in our society about what the Constitution actually requires in terms of the so-called ‘separation of church and state.’”
In more modern times, persecution in the U.S. has become multi-faceted and ideological. Its effects are seen in moral decay and Christian values.
For instance, if you object to homosexuality, you’re labeled a “homophobe,” bigot and intolerant. Preach creationism and you’re ridiculed and called superstitious. Point out divine references in the Declaration of Independence and you are ignorant of the original intent.
In 1963, Associate Justice Tom Clark wrote: “The state may not establish a ‘religion of secularism’ in the sense of affirmatively opposing or showing hostility to religion, thus preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe.” Now compare a more recent view.
In 1985, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger made his opinion known: “There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgement by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life … The Constitution does not require a complete separation of church and state. It affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions and forbids hostility towards any.” It seemingly waters down formerly held American convictions. But, the assaults continued.
Also in 1985, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the time, rendered the Court’s decision in Wallace v. Jefree: “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of constitutional history. . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years … There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation [between church and state] … The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or intent of the framers.” It seems some don’t want us to believe the fact our country was founded on Christian principles.
Although you might not be aware, aggressive anti-Semitism is a larger problem in America than attacks on Islam. According to the FBI statistics, there were only 105 reported cases of anti-Islamic hate crimes in 2008.
These statistics obviously coincide with the increase in persecution of American Jews in recent years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released hate crimes statistics showing that 65.7 percent of religion-motivated hate crimes were anti-Jewish in 2008.
Sixty-eight percent of about 7,000 religion-based hate crimes reported between 2002 and 2006 were committed against Jews, while only 11% were committed against Muslims. Similar statistics were reported for 2007. But, of course it’s Christians who are intolerant…Despite the Constitution, anti-Christian persecution continues. For a more in depth look at current anti-Christian discrimination, read David Limbaugh’s bookPersecution.
It may surprise some many believe we are living in a post-Christian age. The story is evidenced by the number of attacks on Christians, particularly Jews. Around the world where Christianity is declining, attacks on Jews are increasing. Synagogues are regularly vandalized and Jews are assaulted. The world has paid little attention to attacks against Israel. But when Israel strikes back it is condemned by the United Nations and European Union.
In 2002, Stephen Boissoin, director of the Alberta Youth Outreach Foundations “Cave” youth centre initiatives, while investigating funding opportunities for his ministry on the Alberta Human Rights Commission’s (A.H.R.C.) website, came across some shocking information. “I came across a page that highlighted an initiative the A.H.R.C. funded.” He said. “This initiative stated the gist of its agenda was to teach homosexuality was “Normal, Necessary, Acceptable and Productive.” Boissoin says he “absolutely disagreed with this untruthful, dangerous and scientifically baseless agenda” and also “felt as a taxpayer, and indirect funder of this initiative through my tax dollars, I had a right to communicate my opinion.” Boissoin decided to share his opinion by submitting letters to the editor in newspapers.
He wrote: "From kindergarten class on, our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators," "Your children are being warped into believing that same-sex families are acceptable."
He also wrote: “Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights”.
The results should have come as no surprise. Darren Lund, assistant professor at University of Calgary, wrote a complaint to the A.H.R.C. charging Boissoin “contravened the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act in the area of “Publications and Notices” on the grounds of “sexual Orientation.”
One recent survey revealed Americans who claimed no affiliation with any particular faith was 16%, more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children.” Research shows young Americans are dropping out of religion at ever increasing numbers. Not surprising, since educational institutions are teaching them the bible is nothing more than a collection of fairy tales.
Another survey done by the Anti Defamation League discovered 12 % of Americans polled have anti-Semitic views. That percentage represents over 30 million Americans.
Iran recently announced it had successfully test-fired a long range solid fuel missile, making their threat to “wipe Israel off the map” a real possibility. The missile has a range of approximately 1,200 miles, which puts not only Israel but U.S. military bases in southern Europe well within range.
But, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”