Christian Winter has reached America. The traditional biblical principles that formed the basis of our free society are being stripped away, one at a time. Gay marriages are commonplace and Christian churches that don’t perform them are under attack. The people in Washington are no longer protecting our rights, but rather promoting anything that opposes the Judeo/Christian foundation of a society that has worked well for over two centuries. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it!
Many believers are justly alarmed over reports that Christian churches are being attacked or burned to the ground in Egypt, and that their fellow Christians are being killed and imprisoned around the world. Their only offence being that they openly display their faith. The slippery slope of religious criticism and control that led to that type of persecution and an unknown but frightening future is taking place at this very moment, here in America.
The ability of citizens to exercise their Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion is being challenged daily, at school board meetings, in court challenges, in hostile workplaces, and the public forum. Secularists and atheists have recently launched a new effort to remove “one nation under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Countless small town high schools are being pressured to end prayer at sporting events by a small contingent of atheist parents or aberrant troublemakers. The current administration is increasingly using tactics of discrimination against Christian chaplains and military personnel who stand for traditional marriage and values.
Most alarmingly, much of the throttling of free speech and religious freedom is coming from the Constitution’s only protected franchise: the free press. Witness the recent entrapment of Phil Roberson, of Duck Dynasty fame, by a reporter at GQ. Was Phil being interviewed for his fashionable use of camo? Not likely.
He was there to be pilloried by some slick reporter who wanted to expose his “anti-modern” values and deeply held moral concerns. When questioned about it, he gave his very open and honest views on homosexuality, gay marriages, Christian churches and race relations. A group named GLAAD was able to find something so offensive, in his innocent and honest remarks that they decided to attack his ability to make an income and feed his family.
Phil’s employer, A&E (a cable TV network) initially dropped him from the show, but quickly reversed itself under pressure from the public and the guarantee that Phil’s family would no longer allow the show to continue.
The U.S. needs the citizens to be more active in voicing their choices rather than to fall prey to the whims of a malicious and politically connected minority.
The U.S. was founded on individual rights, not on groups that have extra legal rights over the individuals, gay marriages over traditional ones or Islam over Christian churches. If GLAAD should continue its attack against free speech by continuing to persecute Phil Robertson, I pray that God visits a lesson upon them and all such groups that makes them repent their malice and anti-Americanism.
Thom Gorman is a technical and content writer, whose articles appear on the Worldwide Web.