Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Persecution Complex

Evangelical Christians are having a difficult emotional time living in a pluralistic society.  400 of them met in Washington D.C. over the past few days to bemoan secularist opposition.  There they regailed themselves with stories of Christian persecution.  In fact, one self-loathing Jew called Christians the "Jews" of today--comparing their treatment with that of the Jews in Europe from 1930-1945.  The rational response was succinctly stated by the Rev. Robert M. Franklin, a minister in the Church of God in Christ and professor of social ethics at Emory University:

"This is a skirmish over religious pluralism, and the inclination to see it as a war against Christianity strikes me as a spoiled-brat response by Christians who have always enjoyed the privileges of a majority position."

Another conference attendee remonstrated the liberal media: "The media doesn't understand (conservative Christians') inability to compromise on principles."  Jeez leweeze Evangelicals, if only you explained your totally intractable point of view, maybe they'd have some sympathy. 

So, let me see if I understand the situation here: a conservative Christian president has just appointed two conservative Christian judges to the Supreme Court, and both houses of Congress are lead by Christian conservatives.  Wow.  Sounds like the concentration camps are right around the corner...

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