January 6, 2011 by: David Rosman
I have just read my umpteenth article claiming that there is a war on Christianity or a war against Christmas. I don’t think so. There is something more important at risk here.
What I find most interesting that that those who claim “true patriotism” want the government to do everything but do not want to sacrifice anything to help our neighbors. Many claim to be Christians, yet ignore the words of their Savior to help those who cannot help themselves. They seek salvation for their sins but never change their method of operations. They think that the big house, expensive car, and trophy wife shows success. I know citizens living on Welfare and Title 9 assistance that are better and more patriotic Americans than the rich will ever be. I do not know your religious affiliation, but, if you meet this criteria, shame on you.
As the new congressional year begins, elected officials are being very careful about incorporating religion into public language. Even obstructionists like Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio), the 2011 House Speaker are being very coy when discussing politics, trying hard not to use biblical references or analogies. One must read Boehner’s lines carefully, not between the lines, and watch attentively to see if Boehner and his cronies are basing their legislative agendas based on real problems or on religious ideology. After all, Boehner is well entrenched in the Tea Party movement.
Moreover, it is the Tea Party supported federal and state legislators that we must watch closely. It is the Tea Party Christian membership, this loosely-nit organization of fast moving obstructionists that wants to replace the United States secular and pluralistic government with a theocratic based quasi alliance of Christians to change the course of history. It is the conservative-Christian arm of the TPM that believes that God supports the United States and only the United States, and that god is a Christian god.
Monica Toft, Daniel Philpott and Timothy Shah, collaborators on “God’s Century: Resurgent religion and global politics” (W.W. Norton, March 2011) provide proofs that the United States is one of the few, if not the only, country that allows a high degree of religious independence through consent and not conflict. The U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment guarantee this independence and consent. If a theocratic style government is permitted, if this consent is taken away even in the form of one or two laws based on religious beliefs, then all will suffer, religious independence will no longer be tolerated and some form of Christian belief will be forced upon all.
This is not theory. We have seen it in practice as recently as 2010 in the government of our ally Great Britain where it is now unlawful for a Catholic to hold a superior royal office. Religious discrimination in a highly secular government.
We have seen the American theocratic movement expand. During the 2010 winter holiday season, there was no adult discussion about mosques being built in New York or Murfreesboro Tennessee, but protests of anger against non-Christians. This time it was Muslims. Next could be Jews, Catholics, Mormons, agnostics or atheists. Now is the time to stop the madness
As we move into the new year and new decade, Americans need to become more attentive to the politics of those who believe that God is on our side, but only if you believe religiously their way. We must be observant to the Constitution that declares that there will be no religious test to hold a government office and that government will not establish a religious alliance will allowing all, including atheist, to believe, and celebrate their beliefs.
Is this a war on Christianity? No, it a war against democracy and the American Constitution.
David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com and New York Journal of Books.com.