Monday, November 15, 2004

Ridiculing Christians

One thing for sure boys and girls, there is only one group of people in the great U.S. that anyone (celebrities, journalists, and anyone else) may publicly and loudly ridicule without retribution: Christians of course. And the more charismatic the greater the ridicule. Red State, who you should definitely read their post on this, has this link quoting NPR's Garrison Keillor here:
Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. “I’m trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to born-again Christians,” Keillor smirked. “I feel if your citizenship is in Heaven—like a born again Christian’s is—you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If born again Christians are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?”(/snip)

He then turned back to the election. “People voted for all sorts of things they don’t know they’re getting,” he said. “They voted for freedom to worship, which is sort of like buying a plane ticket to London so you can eat a pack of salted peanuts. Even after they get what they wished for—like the two or three justices it may take to overturn Roe v. Wade. If you forbid a doctor to perform an abortion for a young woman working at McDonald’s who has no health insurance, you have set the motions for an American tragedy.”

And of course most of us may remember Andy Rooney's blasphemous screed during the run up to the release of "The Passion of the Christ". Not to mention these statements made to Imus:
Saying he had no intention of seeing "The Passion of the Christ," Rooney told radio host Don Imus, "I mean, I don't want to pay $9 just for a few laughs."

Rooney went on to bash religion in general, saying those who believe in God are "absurd."
Now what other group do we share this earth with who you'd think would be sensitive to this type of persecution? Perhaps a member of the Jewish community? A member of the most persecuted religion in the history of the world....ya think? Well....not so fast.

When Rooney made those statements last February, I discussed the incident with an observant Jewish friend. Her reaction (with a smirk): "Yeah, I saw it. I thought it was pretty funny!" Mind you, she said this to me fully aware of the fact that I am christian. Could there have been a more insensitive reply?

The fight is on. We must all stick together and strong, for I fear this will get much worse. We must bring attention to this behavior and pray for the soul of our countrymen, though some people seem to be past the point of cold and hardened to me.