Skip to comments.In Praise of a Tolerant Religion: Christianity
Posted on 12/21/2020 5:54:59 AM PST by Kaslin
As we have witnessed in recent times, some groups have lawlessly removed from American streets and public buildings any vestiges of our history as well as religious symbols in general, Christianity in particular. The perpetrators hide behind masks and hide behind terms such as "social justice” and “diversity." They claim to be champions of protecting people of different minor faiths.
As a non-religious person, I have lived in Christian America all my life. I have never felt anything less than welcomed from the time I could first formulate coherent and lasting thoughts to this day.
I have visited 46 states in the union and 65 countries around the world. I've had the opportunity to step into the hallowed halls and shrines of the world's great religions and in many cases have observed first-hand how people's actions and behaviors square with their religious doctrine.
While Christianity has certainly had its growing pains through the ages, and Christian persecution of non-believers, Jews, in particular, lasted for centuries, no religion that I've seen comes as close to practicing what it preaches.
Christians today are among the most charitable, understanding, and tolerant people on the planet. In this era of identity politics, they are among the greatest supporters of the Jews and Israel's right to exist – and that of Muslims, Hindus, and other religions I can’t even think of, too. I am glad I live in a Christian nation and given the options around the globe, wouldn't have it any other way.
Those on the Left, the self-appointed “politically correct” thought police, however, have declared war on public displays of Christianity in America. Their agenda is to strip public America of its last vestiges of Christianity, history, and culture, as if somehow what remains will be a better, more open, more egalitarian society. It won't be.
The cancel culture mob has decided that America's majority religion and those who practice it are oppressors. Those among the PC crowd, who haven’t totally rejected the U.S. Constitution, blindly quote phrases such as, "separation of church and state," although this phrase is not contained in the U.S. Constitution or in any official U.S. document. For the record, it appeared in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to a Baptist congregation in his effort to alleviate any fears that the state would make dictates to the church.
The Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” As such, Congress cannot make any laws regarding religion, and Congress cannot pass any law establishing a state-mandated religion. Public displays of religion, even by a government jurisdiction, are entirely allowable.
Public America, stripped free of its religious symbolism, with its Christian trappings marginalized, is not a place where I want to be. The Leftist thought police don't understand that they are no better than those with whom they are in conflict. In a tolerant and open society, people of any faith are free to celebrate their beliefs. If one particular faith was predominant at the founding and remains so to this day, that does not preclude others from celebrating their faiths.
Sing Along, or Not
From first grade on, when I attended my school's annual Christmas Pageant, I was not offended because, say, eight songs in a row mentioned Christmas, Jesus, or Bethlehem. Then, as now, I had options. I could skip going to the assembly or I could attend, but not sing along. Or, I could do what I chose to do in each instance: Attend, not sing along, but be caught up in the merriment of the day.
My classmates did not expect me to capitulate to their religion and I didn't expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. The fact that it was a public school was of no consequence. If I were to move to the Philippines, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, etc., I would not expect public or private celebrations to be altered to accommodate me. Remaining free and being respected would be sufficient.
Would any astute American moving to any foreign countries expect their societies to diminish their public and private religious celebrations so as to accommodate them? Hardly.
Fellow citizens who are Christian, know that many of us who might not be religious, lend our voices to safeguarding America for public and private expressions of Christianity as well as those of other peaceful, tolerant religions.
Jesus was the most intolerant figure in any religion to ever live:
“No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
He’s also the originator of “tough love”.
>> Jesus was the most intolerant figure in any religion to ever live:
Or the most corrective figure...
Or the most corrective figure...
If I posted this in any socialist European country I'd be arrested for hate speech)
Almost a third of the school kids and teachers in our neighborhood growing up in the 50s were Jewish. Our teachers read from either the Old Testament or the New Testament alternately every morning after the Pledge of Allegiance. At the holidays, we sang Hannukah songs along with the Christmas carols; everyone got along.
I don't remember any religion fights among the kids. The only issue was that the parents expected their kids to date within their own religion, so there were a few secret relationships. A relationship in those days consisted of a girl wearing a boy's letter sweater or senior class ring, talking to one's "steady" on the phone after homework, walking each other home from school holding hands, and not kissing or going to the prom with anyone else. Back then, school kids didn't expect to have sex, drugstores didn't sell condoms or porn to minors, there was no social media and there was no Pill, so it was an innocent time and the nation was still grateful for our having emerged from World War II as victors, with the Holocaust images still very vivid in our minds. As Americans, we were proud of our nation's stand for freedom.
This was a middle-middle class suburb of 2- or 3-bedroom houses with a back yard to play in and one bathroom for the whole family, which was a mom, a dad and 2 to 5 kids. Most kids attended religious services, and either Hebrew School or Sunday School, and got along reasonably with their parents, because parents were the owners of the only car in the family and the doorkeepers of privileges, which had to be earned.
It seems almost a dream. I can't even really explain it to my younger family members. It's all impossible today.
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