Douglas MacKinnon, a former White House and Pentagon official and author of a new book nobody needs to read, asks a pressing question in an essay on FOX News’ website: “How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?”
Because the Christian Persecution people are now promoting the idea of an expiration date.
With each passing month, that shocking question becomes more relevant and even more disturbing.
Here in the United States, Christians and Christianity are mocked, belittled, smeared and attacked by some on a daily basis. This is a bigoted practice that is not only increasing exponentially, but is being encouraged and sanctioned by a number on the left.
Across the country, Christian colleges are under constant assault from “social justice warriors” seeking to strip their accreditation and put them out of business.
Christian groups on campus are at times being persecuted, their offices and handouts vandalized, with members even being physically assaulted.
If you are a practicing Christian in the United States and open about it, you, your congregation and your organization will become a target of some sort. It is only a matter of time.
Will those Christian children eventually be forced to renounce or deny their faith in order to get a job and provide for their families?
Good luck finding any data that suggests Christians are “persecuted” any more than any other group. If MacKinnon feels uniquely oppressed, it’s only because Christians have the power to discriminate against other groups and their victims are finally pushing back harder than ever.
Somehow, he jumps from the realization that conservative Christianity — no other type seems to exist in his mind — is growing more unpopular each day to the sort of conspiracy theory nonsense that treats Christians as if they were Jews in the 1940s.
Will we soon have to meet with fellow Christians in secret? Will we have to whisper our beliefs from the shadows? Will those Christians with “traditional” beliefs lose their jobs and livelihoods if discovered?
That’s an incredible thing to say when Christians dominate the government at every level, have churches on practically every city block, and hold beliefs that are known to everyone (even if we don’t accept them).
Asking public schools to remain neutral about religion isn’t Christian persecution.
Asking public businesses to treat gay and straight customers the same way isn’t Christian persecution.
Asking college Christian clubs to play by the same rules as every other registered group isn’t Christian persecution.
Neither is saying “Happy Holidays,” or rejecting a stand-alone Ten Commandments monument on public property, or recognizing the existence and rights of people of other faiths and no faith.
Christianity isn’t going away. Faith-based bigotry, stemming from the Bible, is just becoming increasingly unpopular.
That’s what MacKinnon is really worried about: Losing his majority. White evangelicals are losing the demographics game, and they’re only accelerating it with their support of Donald Trump and his policies.
And yet MacKinnon has the audacity to compare what he’s dealing with to the “genocidal cleansing of Christians” in the Middle East. That’s actual persecution. Clinging to Bible-based nonsense that decent Americans are finally walking away from?
That’s just religious freedom at work. He should be happy about that.
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