5.28.2005

"Read This Book Before It Becomes Illegal!" You know you're in scary times when the dominant forces of culture—avowed Christians who dominate the legislature, stake out the airwaves, and command the armies—claim to be victims. The biggest religion in the US, Christianity also is arguably the world's most powerful, if only because George Bush, commander-in-chief of the world's most destructive military, and his counselors, claim it guides their every move. Yet the Bill O'Reilly's and Pat Robertson's of the world still frame the separation of church and state as a "war on Christianity." (In The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert O. Paxton includes "the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment which justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against the group’s enemies, both internal and external" among the "motivating passions" of fascism [pdf]. Compare that to Christian author Janet Folger's rally cry that "It's a civil war! Which will it be? The very freedoms upon which our country was founded? Or the eradication of Christian faith from American society?")

Given how many share O'Reilly and Robertson's views, author Janet "The Radical Left Will Stop at No Extreme to Forver Silence Your Faith" Folger's gonna make good money on her book, The Criminalization of Christianty. The publisher's blurb:
There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose, the result won’t merely be enduring public policy we disagree with—it will be a prison sentence for those who oppose it. We’ve all seen the attack coming. First the Supreme Court said kids can’t pray in school. Then the Ten Commandments were ripped from the classrooms. Now pastors are being removed from their pulpits and put in jail for speaking out against homosexuality (Sweden). And things are only getting worse. How in the world did we get to this place? And why is it that Christians are singled out in this assault on morality? Serving as a wake-up call for America, this book will expose the truth that Christianity is being criminalized—and that we must stand up against it now .
With the US waging a "crusade" against terrorists, lead by a president who says "God speaks through me" and guided by generals who say that non-Christian gods are "idols" and use tanks emblazoned with the words "New Testament" on their barrels, the argument that Christians are victims, rather than victimizers, is a stretch of, well, biblical proportions.

(Via What Would Dick Think?)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter about losing some of these things? So what if I can't pray over the intercom, I'm still free to pray by myself. Losing some of these freedoms is not important in the long run.

*I'm a Christian so don't try to kill me

sharkmaul.blogspot.com

Jake said...

Meanwhile, the right drafts its own reading list for criminalization: Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.