So the Christians in Indiana are in full freakout mode, because their religious objections law is being contested as a violation of LGBTQ rights.
“That is a First Amendment chill,” attorney James Bopp said. “We are legitimately fearful.”Oh, dear. Being required to be fair to others IS really scary. You know what else is scary?
The spectacle of deadly diseases returning to kill children because of “religious exceptions” regarding vaccines.
The thousands of children who have died, and the untold numbers who suffer needlessly, because of “faith healing” exemptions.
The religious schools and day care centers that are exempt from many regulations regarding building safety, employee background checks, and corporal punishment.
The lack of oversight for homeschoolers. While many good parents – Christian and non-Christian – choose to homeschool for academic reasons, many other parents use it for cover. Virtually all the high-profile cases of extreme abuse and neglect of children in the last few decades have been in families where parents “chose to homeschool…” and their kids were never seen again.
The single group of people – Conservative Christians whose beliefs on childrearing literally require corporal punishment – who are responsible for the USA to be the ONLY country in the UN not to have adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Somehow, 196 other countries have been able to agree on some basic civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children, without seeing their societies descend into chaos.
I am so. fucking. tired. of. this. The bizarre narrative that somehow 82% of Americans (who identify as Christians) are under siege is demonstrably false. Yet it helped elect this President, because he promised them “religious freedom” (them = Conservative Christians).
And his Evangelical groupies are SO GRATEFUL he overturned Obama’s ban on saying Merry Christmas!!*
There is absolutely nothing wrong with personal faith. In no way do I think America should limit the rights of Christians (or anyone else) to worship. But there IS a problem when your personal faith hurts other persons. (Actual living, breathing, post-born persons.)
American Evangelical Christians complain about “persecution” in the US. They should share their troubles with Christians in Syria, Iran, North Korea and China, who are literally imprisoned, tortured and executed for their beliefs.
Enough. The #ChristianPrivilege in America needs to be put under the spotlight for all to see.
- Here’s 23 times the Obamas wished Americans a “Merry Christmas:”