Guess how many American pastors have been jailed for the “crime” of being Christian?
None. And it’s never going to happen. It doesn’t matter how anti-gay or anti-women they get, the laws will continue to be on the side of free (even idiotic) speech — with the support of most atheists, I would add. No pastor will ever be arrested for refusing to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony or condemning birth control.
But if you listen to Todd Starnes and Tony Perkins, conservative Christians who thrive on promoting the idea of Christian Persecution, you’d think Obama was going to start arresting pastors before his term is over.
In a conversation over the weekend, the men talked about how they should start preparing themselves for life in prison:
Perkins: I do think that it could very well come to that in our lifetime. A few years ago I didn’t think it would, not this quickly, but as we have seen the aggressive nature of this administration and this president and the open hostility of this administration toward orthodox faith — we have seen it in the HHS mandate, we have seen it in the numerous cases regarding marriage — I think it is going to come down to that. We’ve gotta choose whether or not we have a greater fear of man or a greater reverence for God. You can’t have both, and I think it’s gonna play out very quickly in our day.
It’s really incredible that anyone could think the Obama administration is hostile to faith when it sure as hell hasn’t been a day in the park for those of us without faith. This is an administration that expanded the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, supported sectarian invocations at government meetings, and bends over backwards to exempt religious groups from participating in potentially-controversial legislation.
The only thing Perkins and Starnes — and Rick Warren and Russell Moore, whom they also mention — have to worry about is becoming completely irrelevant and ignored because of their bigoted views. They’re digging their own graves and Obama has absolutely nothing to do with it.