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29 September 2016 @ 02:25 pm
Should be obvious  
America is not growing hostile towards Christians. Of course, every so often a Christian is arrested for feeding the poor without a license, but that isn’t what these people mean, is it?
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tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on September 29th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
That accusation always cracks me up. The entire country is a walking, breathing monument to Christianity, but they're oppressed?
Ayeshabrowngirl on September 30th, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
Word. If seven-year-old me could see that was bullshit, one would think grown adults would.
Nehamamed_cat on October 1st, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
The accusation's been around that long?
Ayeshabrowngirl on October 1st, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)

From what I know, it's a been mainstay philosophy of the Evangelical movement at least from the 1960s onwards. I definitely heard it as a little child looooooong loooooong ago. :)
Nehamamed_cat on October 1st, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re:
Oh dear, I see...
Johnjohnpalmer on October 3rd, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
It started with school prayer being abolished, I think. It also became a big deal with - this surprises some people - some evangelical colleges losing federal funding if they didn't abide by civil rights laws. At that point, it was decided that Something Must Be Done because if a CHRISTIAN college can't do whatever the heck it wants, Christianity is under attack! So abortion was deemed a terrible, horrible thing and completely anti-Christian, so that they had a good rallying cry.

(Because "we can't let students get Pell Grants or government subsidized student loans, if we continue to insist that black folks and white folks can't date each other" just didn't have the kind of broad appeal they wanted - but "MURDER! BABIES!" works well.)

It's an interesting thing, too. Catholics were always anti-abortion. "Thou shalt not kill" was broadened to include abortion a good long while back. But Protestants, especially fundamentalists, noted that God had a chance to say killing a fetus was murder, and said "it isn't." If you injure a pregnant woman, and she dies, Jewish law says that you die - but if she miscarries, the penalty isn't death. That was considered sound and infallible for a long time - but now, the opposite is true, and it's heretical to ask "but didn't God himself rule that abortion isn't murder?"

Biblical infallibility should be in the toilet over this... but it isn't.

By now, a lot of people are fed a line of BS about how horribly Christians are being treated because many of their special privileges are gone. And many don't even realize where these stories come from. They think there's something nefarious going on because so many people talk about it. Because *all those people* can't all be lying, right?
Nehamamed_cat on October 4th, 2016 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for your detailed answer :)
Nehamamed_cat on October 1st, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)
There's such an accusation? Oh my...

Interesting article, thanks! And if "religious" bullying is not tolerated as much, then I am very glad.