Persecution Complex: When Religious Freedom is Too Far
The Persecution Complex
America is a contry with a growing epidemic across the landscape. It is something affecting the masses of over 70% of the population. While religious freedom is guaranteed across the nation, regardless of how extreme, regardless of how rediculous or insane. You are free to do as you please, worship as you please, or even spread your gospel as you see fit. However this growing epidemic sweeping the country is unknowingly affecting millions of lives. This is a dangerous case of persecution complex.
What is Persecution complex? You may be asking yourself. You might also be saying I am religious, I don't suffer from this drastic complication. However let me help you, so you can bettter prevent this from happening to you.
Here is a list of the symptoms:
1: Being religious, if you live in America this symptom is more than likely being Christian.
2: Having more than half the population affiliating with your religion.
3: Claiming America to be a Christian nation.
4: Trying to get your religion involved in politics.
5: Using your religion to push your values on others.
6: Thinking your being attacked because your government is changing to make others lives better.
If you suffer from any of the first 5 symptoms you may not be afflicted by this terribly contagious affliction. It is the 6th symptom that is key to being classified with Persecution Complex. Either having the 6th symptom, or having all of them is the fastest way to figure out if you are affected. If you suffer from any of these symptons please find your brain and use it to think for once.
Persecution complex is a trend sweeping this nation that the christians seem to be affected by. It is amazing how a country that is 70% christian can seem to collectively think they are the ones being persecuted in this country. Many christians assume that there is a connection between theirr religion, and our free secular government. This is usually do to the quote, "One nation under god" added to the pledge of allegiance circa 1954. it is also due to the fact that "In God we trust" added to paper money from 1956-1966, while some sources claim the quote being placed on coined money around the period of the civil war. It is for these reasons that chrristians believe that America adopted christianity as its founding and primary religion. While yes many of the founding fathers believed in a god, many were infact secularists believing in no god, and those who believed were mostly deists not christians.
Now why does this happen? It is because we as a nation traditionally have been extremely conservative. We take extremely long to grow and progress as a nation, mostly because politicians love to preserve the statis quo, rather than make any actual progress. It took nearly 100 years to grant african americans rights and freedom from slavery, then taking another 100 years to get them anywhere close to the rights of white people in america. It takes eterinities to get aany sort of progression in this country. Now within the last 20 years we are starting to see a turn in the country to the more liberal, and more progressive attitude. This has broughtt about, slow but sometimes vast change. With this change we see a difference from the old christian conservative set of standards. Now we see thee change focussing on a more inclusive, politically correct, secular way of thinking. Now this is not saying that the country is turning to a atheistic paradise. It is merely just becoming the country our founding fathers want it to be. Inclusive of all religions and ways of thinking, christian, Jewish, hinduh, muslim, or even buddihst. Free of religious persecution, and especially free from any and all religious influence in the government, schools, and free from convert or die mentalities.
Now since america is a secular nation, without any influence from religion in the government, it would make sense that nobody would be subject to following laws of religion if they didn't feel like it. Only needing to follow the laws of the land.
The people that think like this tend to be considered bigots, and make thee mistake of assuming America is a christian nation. This means that any law that contradicts this notion, brings about mass hysteria among these groups of people. Their world comes down as if it is ending and everything crumbles down in their world. This happens because, "Their once great nation is now attacking and persecuting them and their lawful faith."
This is persecution complex, the idea that their faith is our government, and when something contradicts this they feel persecuted. For example gay marriage became legal nation wide in the U.S. several months back. This brought on a spur of religious zelists believing their religious rights were being infringed. Now here iis the thing, nobody is being forced to get gay married, so no rights infringed there. Nobody is even forcing them to marry gays, so no rights infringed there either. The only thing this allows is for homosexuals to get married legally in the United States, and recognizes these marriages across this nation. Now on top of that it does make it illegal for any GOVERNMENT agencies that assist in marrige to not allow homosexuals to marry. Meaning only government facilities legally need to marry gays, and anybody working at a government office to provide marrige licenses must provide them. This does not force anybody to marry gays if they don't want to, except government employees, because the government is here for everybody, not just the christians.
What Is Your right to Religious Freedom?
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
That is the first ammendment of the Bill of Rights. Addressing the right to religion, obviously it states the free practice of whatever religion you wish to practice. On top of that the government can not impede on your practice of that said religion. However listen to the first part, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." This means that congress will not make any laws respecting one religion over another. No religion will be the law of the land, and laws will not be made aligning with any one religion. This of course means, America is infact not a christian nation.
Now regarding the second half, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Yes this means that there can be no laws prohibiting your right to practice your religion. This is what leads right into what I was talking about earlier with "Persecution Complex". Many people think this means that any law that contradicts the bible, is impeding on their rights. Many Christians still think this to be a christian nation, no matter what the first ammendment says.
This is what the founders wanted to avoid. The idea that this is a nation ruled by the law of one deity that they were unsure of. They knew there are so many different ideas and possibilities that the possibility they were right was slim to none. On top of that, this new land was untarnished by the lands of old. They wanted to be free from the tyrannical rule of a one person, one religion government. They wanted to be free in every way they could, to live, and practice what they wanted. To persue life, liberty, and happiness for their lives. Too imped on that, and claim that America is a Christian nation, is to crush, and stompp everything the founders stood for into dust.
You have the free right to practice wwhatever religion you please, in your homes, in your churches, and in your own life. You do not have the right to force your beliefs on anybody else, through the government, through law, or through persecution. Just because abortion is legal doesn't mean your rights are tarnished. Just because gay marriage is legal, doesn't mean you're being persecuted. Just because you can't own a slave, doesn't mean your first ammendment is being attacked. You have the freedom to live it on your own. These laws are made for the betterment of the people and society as a whole, and for you to think anything else, is just selfish.
What happens when your religion inflicts law?
Now what exactly happens when your religious freedoms are brought about in such a way that affects others, i.e. the law, or even through discrimination. Not just one persons rights are affected. A womans freedom, a persons equality, or even our freedom of speech is damaged in such a irreversable way that would bring about the cause for a revolution like so many times before.
If our laws followed biblical principles gays, sabbath breakers, and women whose hymen was broken before the night of her wedding, would be taken to the center of the town and put to death. See Numbers 15, Deut, 22:13-21, and everybody knows the leviticus quote.
If we all lived like the bible wanted us to live, we would still be stuck in a perpetual state of constant anguish. This is the exact religious control that founding fathers tried to avoid with seperation of church and state. The exact reason we aren't all put to death for one sin or another, is because we are protected from such religious atrocities such as genocide, or the stoning to death of non-believers.
If america was a christian nation, nobody would be equal, women, african americans, and jews alike. Some held in regard while others in infamy. The bronze age bigotry would see no end.
An entirely Christian dogmated state scares the daylights out of me. Knowing that I would be killed not just for my atheism, but my bi-sexuality, and love of shellfish alike. Not only that but being forced to stay in my house every single sunday to pray three times a day would drive me mad. that is fifty-two sundays that I could be out doing debaucherous acts such as wearing mixed fabrics, masturbating, or enjoying some of my favorite foods like pork ,shrimp, or crab.I think we can all agree that christianity provides a terrible way to live, like who would want to live without bacon. A life without bacon is a life not worth living.
How can this issue be solved?
Well obviously there is a blatent issue here between the christians and everyone else alike. While the christians wan 100% law over the land it is reasonable to assume that everybody else is willing to make a comprimise with the christian faith. I along everybody else prepose a idea that hopefully we both can agree on. I prepose that everybody is entitled to their faith, and everybody be free to practice what they want as they please with no repercussions. In return all we ask of you, and everybody elses faith, to simply do as you will and only with you. This means keep your religious affiliations out of our schools. Keep god out of our government. Most importantly obstain from any at all discrimination if possible.
You are free to be bigotted all you want, entitled to judge as you see fit, and even spread your word and faith. But don't you care allwo your religious dogma to spur up any more controversy than it already has. You stick to you and only you, and yes that includeds no brainwashing your children, because hopefully the less people like you, the more progress we can eventually see in society as a whole.You live in a society, and that society has different kindss of people life styles and choices. If you don't like giving people equal rights no matter how different the principles, then please get out of this society and move to the fridged loneliness that is the antartic. There when you are by yourself affecting nobody else because of your dogmatic bronze age testimoniol. It is your right to practice it and you alone.