January 05, 2018

The Attack On Christianity

When I was a kid no one dared criticize Christians. It just wasn’t done. Oh, maybe a grumble or two about the Methodists, but never, never about the Catholics. I suppose the fact that over 85% of our town was Catholic may have had something to do with it. And of course there were Priests and Nuns everywhere. Sort of keeping an eye on our behavior. It was the Nuns who taught my friends the “rule” of law.

Despite some unfortunate lapses, America was a moral nation. The people of our town had a genuine respect for the message of Christianity. It brought us together in times of grief, united our resolve to persevere against tyranny, guided our acts of compassion, and encouraged our generosity. After all, friendship, love and truth are better than animosity, hatred and dishonesty.

It should therefore come as no surprise that Americans who love their country are dismayed by the decline of Christian Theology as the metaphysical foundation of our culture. Christian Theology, as distinct from religions or the institutions of Christianity, is a positive, constructive, ethical, and benevolent philosophy. Although we humans and our religious institutions frequently fail to live up to the standards of Christian Theology, those standards provide us with the basis for the highest possible spiritual, intellectual and emotional self-realization. They also provide the philosophical foundation for public life and the conduct of a moral government.

Over the past year Americans have been exposed to the negative, destructive, immoral, and vindictive theology of communism, socialism and liberalism. These ideologies share a pathological contempt for Christianity and Christians that is frequently expressed in patronizing comments. Not only is the viral anti-Christian agenda obvious, it is frequently linked to anti-American propaganda and racist anti-white hatred. Who is perpetrating this divisive campaign? Russia? China? North Korea? Iran? ISIS? The list of possible villains is unfortunately quite long. The Internet gives ideological hatred international access to social media, blogs, and news sites. All too many misguided Americans are ready to echo belittling commentary. Illiterate repetition is especially strong among the young. Mainstream media personalities perpetuate divisive commentary because it generates corporate revenue, raises their profile, and supports their ideological hostility.

But wait. Doesn’t this rejection of Christian Doctrine encourage the pursuit of pervasive corruption, absolute power and unlimited greed?

It does.

Any effort to install a global government controlled by a select few must necessarily rest on a philosophical foundation that supports the ultimate goal: an international socialist fascist state. Liberalism serves that purpose quite well. Think Orwell’s Oceania; a world of perpetual war, oppressive government surveillance and public manipulation. In order to achieve this goal, all opposing theologies and philosophies must be killed and buried so they no longer offer an alternative to the preferred theology of socialist liberalism. That specifically includes Christianity and its silly Christian Theology.

 Christianity must be eliminated because Christian Theology is philosophically opposed to the mindless politically correct mantra repeated by the submissive serfs of a socialist fascist state.

But wait. Even atheists and agnostics should be alarmed.  The concept of personal freedom is embedded in Christian Theology. So too are the concepts of personal accomplishment, personal responsibility, personal independence, moral behavior, social equality, and love... ah yes... love. Do we really want these taken away from us by a corrupt, oppressive, malicious, self-serving government that teaches our children to act like biological robots?

Is welfare becoming the new serfdom?

There is a certain cultural irony here. The globalists are more likely to achieve their objectives if they espouse Christian Theology, rather than oppose it. The economic and social health of a global culture is more likely to work if the participants have a positive self-motivated outlook, rather than a negative resentful response to oppressive government regulation. But I digress.

Yes. Christianity and Christian Theology are under attack. And while I believe the institutions of Christianity are due for the refreshing exhilaration of a 21st century reformation, and Christian Theology needs to be characterized in 21st century terms, the underlying philosophy is essential to virtuous behavior and spiritual tranquility.

Not convinced Christian Theology is under attack? Reject my alarm? Do your own research. Do an Internet search using the terms “anti-Christian”. Or read the random selection of items in the Reference section that follows.


TCE


References

“On Sunday, the day of the (Sutherland Springs, Texas) church massacre, cultural commentator David French tweeted, “The amount of anti-Christian hate on Twitter the same day Christians were massacred is stunning and chilling.” ... This is more than heartless and tactless. It is intentional and quite focused: Faith in God is to be mocked, in particular, Christian faith, and when Christians are slaughtered during a church service, that is the perfect time to pile on.  ... it is a natural fruit of the harsh and condescending “new atheism,” which continues to poison many hearts and minds with its venom. God is not simply to be rejected; He is to mocked and ridiculed, as are His followers. ... The hostility against us is reaching a crescendo, and things could get even uglier in the days ahead.”
- Why So Much Hatred Against Christians in America Today?  Michael Brown | Townhall.com | Posted: Nov 07, 2017

“But worship of any kind, private or public, gets religious America into serious hot water with the liberal media, which has come to mock and resent public displays of faith, or any acknowledgment of God or religion by the state. The mere suggestion that the country is in fact a Christian one is declared backward, dangerous, and heretical to the Constitution of the United States.
- S. E. Cupp: Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity

”Hillary Clinton’s campaign mocked Catholics... This was thinly veiled religious bigotry, not only against conservative Catholics, but also against evangelicals,"
- former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove commented to Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File."

“... Christians in the U.S. are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and close-minded.”
- from a report by International Christian Concern.

Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, both Democrats, attempted to disqualify a U S. District Court nominee because she is a Christian. The Catholic Association's Legal Advisor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer said: "Amy Coney Barrett's qualifications for the federal judiciary are undisputed, but abortion industry advocates continue their smear campaign by attacking Barrett's Catholic faith. The full senate rejected their attempt to hang a "Catholics need not apply" sign outside the Senate chamber when it considers candidates to the judiciary. We applaud the Senate's rejection of anti-Catholic bigotry and confirmation of Amy Barrett's nomination to the 7th Circuit court of appeals."

The ACLU’s brief against Colorado baker Jack Phillips, a Christian, includes a dismissal of the First Amendment. Logically this case could set a precedent whereby the expression of Christian beliefs, including the display of a cross, could be banned by any Judge. "If religious freedom does not include the freedom for individuals to peacefully decline involvement in private commercial activities they find objectionable, it's a meaningless concept,"
- Robby Soave, an associate editor at Reason.com.

“America today would be unrecognizable to our founders. Our first freedom is facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts, Congress, and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom,...”
- Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, and Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute. - 2012

“American Christians are facing uncertain times. Our nation’s values are under assault. Religious liberty has been undermined. We live in a day when right is now wrong and wrong is now right. The vicious leftwing attack against the recent traditional marriage stance of Chick-fil-A should serve as a wakeup call to people of faith. It’s not about a chicken sandwich. It’s about religious liberty. It’s about free speech. It’s about the future of our nation.”
- Publisher's Description;  God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values, by Todd Starnes

First Liberty Institute
“UNDENIABLE: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2017 Edition” is an alarming compilation of more than 1,400 documented instances of hostility towards free religious exercise. It offers irrefutable evidence of this growing crisis in four key areas:

The Public Arena (government, public places, and the workplace)
Education
Religious Institutions
The U.S. Military

Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for First Liberty: “This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience. It is eroding the bedrock on which stand vital American institutions such as government, education, the military, business, houses of worship, and charity. It has the potential to wash away the ground that supports our other rights, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, and government by consent of the people...
...individuals and families are being hurt. The attacks you will read about ... are sweeping away small businesses. careers and ministries. Behind the legalities are tears. anguish. and the denial of basic human tolerance. compassion. and common decency. It’s time for a national rejection of politically correct cruelty based on discrimination against traditional American forms of faith.”
- First Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization in America with the exclusive mission of protecting religious freedom for all our citizens.

Liberal Hollywood types have declared an all-out war on Christianity.
From Townhall.com | 12/15/2017 | Showtime Vs. Christianity | Brent Bozell

(Edited) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced. Two nominations went to Showtime's program called "SMILF," which stands for "Single Mother I'd Like to F---." Obviously, the executives of (CBS-owned) Showtime also designed it to nudge people to click on it because they know it's going to be dirty, or as the critics call it, "a raw, honest look at the life of a 20-something single mom." Frankie Shaw insists, "If it offends you, don't watch."
One of the dominant themes is the character having suffered sexual abuse by her father when she was a child. Another is a serious loathing of religion, specifically Christianity....  in the fourth episode, when Bridgette's mother, Tutu, suggests a prayer to the Virgin Mary. "Mothers cannot be virgins," lectures Bridgette. "Mary was forced to have that baby. ... Matthew and Luke and whoever did some stuff to her and then called it an angel baby. ... Now we're all stuck praying to this 'angel baby.'"
In other words, Mary was raped by the Gospel writers, and Jesus was just an illegitimate result worthy of no one's adoration.

The entire article can be seen here:
https://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2017/12/15/showtime-vs-christianity-n2422671

See also:
Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.
- https://amac.us/religious-liberty-eroding-canada-heres-americans-learn/
Open Doors - https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/
Christian Post - https://www.christianpost.com
The Religion of Peace - https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/christian-attacks.aspx
Church in Need - https://www.churchinneed.org/christian-persecution-reaches-historic-levels/
World Net Daily - http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/committed-christian-obamas-religious-history-unmasked/
Attack on Christianity - David M. Howard: http://deepriverbooks.com/books/attack-on-christianity/
World Net Daily - http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/u-s-on-list-of-christian-persecuting-nations/
Wonder where hostility to Christianity is surging? http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/wonder-where-hostility-to-christianity-is-surging/ The assessment is not exhaustive, but presents “over 600 incidents of religious attacks and hostility in the United States – most of which occurred within the past 10 years,”....
Family Research Council - A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military:  - http://www.frc.org/clearpresentdanger2
National Review - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452964/europe-christianity-non-believers-cultural-identity-crisis-immigration-assimilation
National Review - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449789/post-christian-americas-superstitious-intolerant-reality
Christianity.com - http://www.christianity.com/christian-life/political-and-social-issues/are-christians-in-america-under-attack.html
“ERADICATE: Blotting Out God in America: Understanding, Combatting, and Overcoming the Anti-Christian Agenda, Apathy in the Church, and the Decline of Morality in Culture”
- Paperback – September 17, 2012 - by David Fiorazo 

Books by atheists
The God Delusion; Richard Dawkins
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Christopher Hitchens
Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments … ; Armin Navabi
All That's Wrong with the Bible: Contradictions, Absurdities, and More; Jonah David Conner
Christianity No Longer Makes Sense; Evan Davids
God's Gravediggers: Why no Deity Exists; Raymond Bradley

And finally....
A belief in God is irrational; religion has inflicted grievous harm on society; the Old Testament tyrant is obsessed with sex; religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

Question: Is this paragraph a statement of hatred or love?

And which do you prefer?
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