Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What If They Gave a War and Nobody Came?

From the Washington Post:

The “War on Christmas” has morphed into a “War on Christians.”

Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas — and even the phrase “Merry Christmas” — was under attack by the forces of secularism.

This week, radio commentator Rick Scarborough convened a two-day conference in Washington on the “War on Christians and the Values Voters in 2006.” The opening session was devoted to “reports from the frontlines” on “persecution” of Christians in the United States and Canada, including an artist whose paintings were barred from a municipal art show in Deltona, Fla., because they contained religious themes.

“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.”

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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.

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In a luncheon speech yesterday, DeLay took issue with the “chattering classes” who think there is no war on Christians.

“We are after all a society that abides abortion on demand, that has killed millions of innocent children, that degrades the institution of marriage and often treats Christianity like some second-rate superstition. Seen from this perspective, of course there is a war on Christianity,” he said.

There is no war on Chrisitanity; there’s just a resistance movement — an insurgency, if you will — against the brand of pompous, arrogant, self-pitying and homophobic brand of “christianity” that these people practice. Other demoninations such as the Unitarians, the Quakers, and the more tolerant among the Epsicopalians don’t label other people who don’t toe their line as heretics and blasphemers, and I would hazard a guess that they don’t feel as if they’re persecuted — except by the bullies of the Religious Reich.

I find it interesting that they claim they’re the victims when 85% of the people of this country identify themselves as Christian in some form or other. The reason they feel as if they’re under attack has nothing to do with their faith but with how they practice it.

Update: Michelle Goldberg at Salon.com has a great wrap-up of the warrior’s conference. These people are basically Fred Phelps without the charm.