More boo-hooing from evangelicals about persecution
I don’t want to hear about whining liberals from these people, considering the endless variations of stories about the AmTaliban feeling powerless and persecuted. Play the tiniest of violins for them. (Chicago Sun-Times):
Conservative Christians seem at the peak of their influence.
Books by evangelical pastors Rick Warren and Joel Osteen are best sellers, megachurches are building satellite congregations to meet demand, conservatives control Congress and religious activists helped put a Bible-believer in the White House.
Yet, many evangelicals still consider themselves a persecuted majority, saying they continue to be maligned by some of the most influential institutions in the country — the media, public schools, universities and Hollywood. Societal demands for tolerance are extended to every group but theirs, they argue.
Here are some of the crybabies….
”There is an attempt by the secularists to take Jesus Christ and to take God out of every aspect of our society.”— Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham
Limits the Supreme Court has placed on religion in public schools have meant ”that our children don’t have a right to pray.”— Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council
Tired of being treated like ”a second-class citizen…We are basically in a reactive mode. ‘I don’t create the offenses. I react to them and the offenses just seem not to stop coming.””— William Donohue, head of the Catholic League, adding that conservative leaders are not paranoid.
I think that the article hits the nail on the head, speculating that the real problem is not the Left, per se, but that the average American is rejecting the AmTaliban’s attempts to control too many aspects of their lives that people consider private.
Opponents are baffled by the idea of a persecuted evangelical movement. Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest University Divinity School in North Carolina and a critic of the religious right, says these evangelicals think they are oppressed only because some Americans disagree with them. ”They want to be culture dominant,” Leonard said.
Evangelicals perceive themselves as especially powerless on social issues like gay marriage, even though many states have approved bans on the practice. Eddie Gibbs, professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif., said loss of influence in the broader culture is behind the frustration that persists no matter how many lawmakers Christian activists help elect.