Poor, persecuted Christians

“The open season on Christians and other people of faith is coming to a close in America and we look forward to assisting the Trump administration in fully restoring America’s First Freedom.” – Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council

Today President Trump signed an Executive Order called Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. According to USA Today, the Executive Order “calls for easing of Internal Revenue Service enforcement of the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” which prohibits churches from getting directly involved in political campaigns.” Also it makes “it easier for employers with religious objections not to include contraception coverage in workers’ health care plans”.

Despite Tony Perkins statement about “other people of faith” which religion do you think this Executive Order really benefits? Some math to consider;

  1. United States Population – 324,118,787
  2. Percentage of Christians in the United States – 71%
  3. Everything and everyone else – 29%

Have you ever felt like you were being steamrolled? I mean come on, 71% of our population feels like they are being persecuted? Like they are walking around with a bull’s-eye on their back? 29% of us are making their poor Christian lives miserable?

So what is America’s First 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.” As the ACLU stated today religious freedom does not grant anyone a license to discriminate but I afraid, with this EO that is exactly the slippery slope we are headed down.

I guess is is okay if you own a restaurant and refuse to serve what you perceive to be as a gay couple because you believe homosexuality is a sin. Or refuse to serve a man wearing a Kippah because you believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. You may think these examples sound far-fetched and maybe even overly dramatic but they are very real and happen everyday in this “great” country of ours. These are the kind of “religious freedoms” people practice and now our administration has given religious bigots and racist the green light. Rather than just thinking it now they can act on it, hell maybe even put up signs or hire employees based on their religious beliefs. Hey I will work on Christmas but can I have Passover off? Nope, we celebrate the birth of Christ at this company not Passover.

There shouldn’t be a national religion, but Christianity has always been the de facto faith of choice. Hard for it not to be when 71% of our citizens claim to be followers of the ONE and ONLY Lord and Savior, when government meetings across this country are opened with pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Even the money we carry in our wallet, currency printed by our government states “In God We Trust”. It is pretty hard to escape all you poor, persecuted Christians. I hope you will all be okay now that your great pious leader has come to the rescue. “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Yup, He said it but do you believe it?

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

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11 Responses to Poor, persecuted Christians

  1. Dare I add that Falwell, Jr. endorsed Trump last year because the then candidate Trump promised to attack the Johnson Amendment. I am sure you are aware that there is a holy war going on within “Christianity” between those of us who follow Jesus’ teachings as set forth by the early followers of “The Way” (which closely follows Buddhism) and today’s evangelicals/fundamentalists who follow the theology flowing from the bastardized version of Jesus’ teachings set in motion during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. My soul weeps when it hears and sees what these religious morons are doing to the simplistic beauty of Jesus. Thank you, I’ll get off the pulpit now.

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  2. This is my heart. As a Catholic I was taught how terrible persecution is.

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  3. At least this way, I will clearly know who to spend my money with – I don’t think those who have the bigoted views realize just how many “liberal” dollars float their particular boats. By all means, refuse to serve me, “force” me to spend my money elsewhere.

    While I think discrimination (which I’ve dealt with in various forms and degrees all of my adult life) is wrong, I am excited to sit back and see how these same folks feel when they are denied service – this sword cuts both ways. There are quite a few “others” who own businesses and can exercise their rights to refuse ‘Christians’. Can you imagine the outrage?

    (heavy sigh. real talk – I just don’t understand humans and this hatred / fear / greed…I really don’t get it at all)

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  4. JJS says:

    Thanks for expressing this so well. I’m thinking church leaders who are happy about this executive order re: the Johnson Amendment don’t understand that the church doesn’t save the state; the state corrupts the church.

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  5. kertsen says:

    How far should freedom allow us to discriminate? That is the global question for today. Should believing Muslims be allowed to wear the veil in public office? Should they be allowed to apply Sharia law which contradicts the secular laws of the country they live in? Should Christian doctors be allowed to refuse abortions thus breaking the secular laws of the country they occupy? If a country has a secular government then I believe , like it or not, all resident citizens must obey the law. No religious or cult belief should be outside the law of the land.

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    • Well in my opinion the United States does not have secular laws unlike Arab countries. If a Doctor objects performing abortions on religious grounds it is there option to be another kind of Doctor. In this country they can’t be judge and jury just because they read the Bible.

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  6. kertsen says:

    The reason many western democracies show Christian bias , even in their secular laws , is because they have a Christian past. They also boasted that they could show charitable freedom to other beliefs and faiths. Now the results are coming home to roost and still the conceit of the Christians gets worse and worse , they now believe they can over rule the secular law to suit their own ends.

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  7. Lynni says:

    Awesome that you are shedding light on such a relevant and important issue 🙂

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