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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"War on Christians" Conference Convenes, Declares War on Normal People

Watch Bill Maher respond .

So now we have the War on the "War on Christians." Is that a double-negative? I'm so confused!

Somewhere in the Bible Belt, a circus is missing a few clowns. Real Christians don't preach hate in ANY disguise. -hl

What the Hell is Wrong with the Religious Right?

The religious right is ranting that the media is waging war on Christians, declaring that there is a War on Christians in America. They claim that a cabal of Hollywood Jews, the news media, academia, the courts, and activist groups like the ACLU and Anti-Defamation League are waging war on the religious right. Here's their proof:

A Washington Post story was entitled ’War’ on Christians Is Alleged.

The story "misidentified" Dr. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America (the conference host) as a "radio commentator." That's real name calling to a religious righter.

The dastardly reporter included "extensive quotes" from critics.

Worse, the media dared report absurd claims that the religious right is experiencing unprecedented power.

"V for Vendetta is the most explicitly anti-Christian movie to date. . . (Would Warner Brothers distribute a film about Britain becoming an Islamic republic?)" Actually, can you believe that Hollywood has actually made a movie were the terrorists were not dark-skinned Muslims?

Then there is that "literary hatchet-job" by Kevin Phillips, the apostate Republican conservative that warns in American Theocracy that radicalized, fundamentalist religion will destroy democracy and western civilization.

If all that isn't proof of all out warfare then I don't know what guns, bombs and missiles could possibly add. As to inflammatory rhetoric and fallacious claims of persecution, listen to some choice quotes from the religious right:

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." -Ann Coulter

“It’s going to be a spiritual battle. There will be Satanic forces...We are not going to be coming up just against human beings, to beat them in elections. We’re going to be coming up against spiritual warfare.” -Pat Robertson

“We are approaching a time when Christians, especially, may have to declare the social contract between Enlightenment rationalists and Biblical believers - which formed the basis of the constitution written at our nation’s founding - null and void.” - Cal Thomas

“I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good...Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.” -Randall Terry

“We are to make Bible-obeying disciples of anybody that gets in our way.” -Jay Grimstead

“Nobody has the right to worship on this planet any other God than Jehovah. And therefore the state does not have the responsibility to defend anybody’s pseudo-right to worship an idol.” -Rev. Joseph Morecraft

“Unique among the nations, American recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.” -John Ashcroft

If you don’t want a Christian nation, then go to one of the many nations that are heathen already than perverting ours...You’re welcome to come, but leave your religions, your bibles, all your other things back where you come from.” -Rev. Jeff Fugate

“This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.” -Gary North

“Hey-get with the program! Christians are individuals! Non-Christians are a big blurry mess!!! -Melinda Shore

“When the Christian majority take over this country, there will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil.” -Gary Potter

“We’re fighting against humanism, we’re fighting against liberalism...we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today...our battle is with Satan himself.” -Jerry Falwell

“If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth.”-Jerry Falwell

“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant - baptism and holy communion - must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel.” -Gary North

“Most politically active Christians don’t want equal time with homosexuals, abortionists, animal worshiping pagans, witches, radical feminists and pornographers. We want them silenced and mercifully disciplined according to the word of God.” -Jay Rodgers

No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.” -George Bush Sr.

“Allah is a different god. It’s not one big umbrella, and we shouldn’t just get along.” -Janet Folger

“We are engaged in a social, political, and cultural war. There’s a lot of talk in America about pluralism. But the bottom line is somebody’s values will prevail. And the winner gets the right to teach our children what to believe.” -Gary Bauer

“Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.” -Pat Buchanan

Those who practice homosexuality should swiftly be put to death by the government. God emphatically condemns the practice of exchanging proper gender characteristics among men and women. God justly calls for the death-penalty for anyone who practices homosexuality.” -Citizens for the Ten Commandments

AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” -Jerry Falwell

“A religion that doesn’t discriminate wouldn’t exist, because it wouldn’t stand for anything.” -Janet Parshall

“AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh’s chariottiers.” -Jerry Falwell

“The law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectually drives the perversion of homosexuality back into the closet.” -Gary DeMar

The strategy against the American radical left should be the same as General Douglas MacArthur employed against the Japanese in the Pacific...bypass their strongholds, surround them, isolate them, bombard them, then blast the individuals out of their power bunkers with hand-to-hand combat. The battle for Iwo Jima was not pleasant, but our troops won it. The battle to regain the soul of America won’t be pleasant either, but we will win it.” -Pat Robertson

Who is it that is sounding like Christian soldiers marching to war? Excuse me but the religious right sounds far more militant and threatening than anything I've heard from the religious left. While the left can be snide, snotty and condescending, as a whole their remarks come nowhere near the hostility expressed by some of the religious right.

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Mathis is a writer, speaker and activist.