“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
– John 15:18-19 (NIV)
We are living in a time when the government, press and entertainment media tell us that our economy is on the rebound, Obamacare is facilitating health care for millions more Americans than before its implementation, unemployment has plummeted, and the Islamic Republic of Iran has apparently become America’s ally. So I suppose it should be no surprise that we’re also being told there is nothing at all sinister in the myriad anti-Christian exertions on the part of certain political factions, and that there certainly isn’t any “war on Christianity” going on.
Apart from recognizing that there is emergent and coordinated antipathy toward Christians in America, it is of paramount importance to understand some of the universal mechanisms behind the misrepresentations (or lies) I listed, because this will not only facilitate combating these mechanisms, but could serve to rally the troops, as American Christians come to comprehend the level of abject evil within our government and other institutions.
Last week in this space, I described how the political left has advanced a phony “gay rights” agenda, which in reality is calculated to demoralize Americans at large and coalesce political power – that of the left, not homosexuals. Neutralizing the moral anchor of Christianity is essential to this objective, so homosexual activists have been given the latitude to designate as “discrimination” essentially any speech or practice on the part of Christians they choose to condemn.
As ironic as this sounds, America’s enemies have made great use of our Constitution itself as a weapon against liberty. From flag-burning to adopting Marxist principles into our political process, leftists have routinely cited the Freedom of Speech and Equal Protection clauses as explicit license for all manner of permissible and imposed cultural subversion.
As more activist jurists took to the federal bench, civil rulings increasingly tended to favor leftist policy. This is one reason states such as Indiana found it necessary to pass legislation in the vein of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, despite guarantees of religious freedom in the Bill of Rights. We have reached a point where the affronts against religious liberty by government have become so common, people perceive few alternatives. There oughtta be a law …
Well, now they have one. It’s redundant, but these are the fruits of our ongoing neglect of civic issues.
Earlier, WND reported on the case of a judge in the United Kingdom who convicted a street evangelist for quoting Leviticus 20:13, which prescribes the death penalty for homosexuality. On April 2, former paratrooper-turned-Christian-evangelist Mike Overd was fined, as well as being ordered to pay court costs and compensation to the homosexual activist who lodged a complaint against him.
The presiding judge, Shamim Ahmed Qureshi of Bristol Crown Court, is a Muslim who serves with the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, the overseer of the U.K.’s Shariah courts. So despite homosexuality being a capital crime under Shariah law, this supposedly observant Muslim judge was happy to persecute a Christian in the realm of secular law for an alleged slight against homosexuals.
The alliance between leftists and Muslims against Christians may be more apparent in Britain than it is in America, since the process has advanced much further in the U.K. – but not to worry; President Barack Hussein Obama has been moving the course of Islamist infiltration handily along.
This week, The Hill reported that Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., had introduced a federal “firearms buyback” bill. The “Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act” would provide America’s more gullible gun owners with the “incentive” to turn firearms in to local law enforcement. It’s supposed to make the streets safe from all of the law-abiding gun owners who run around randomly shooting people, I guess.
DeLauro, a far left lawmaker, had not only other uber-progressive and socialist Congress creatures co-sponsoring the bill, but Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as well.
“This should come as no surprise,” wrote Tim Brown at Sons of Liberty Media, “since we know there are many Muslim Brotherhood front groups working in America to undermine the ability of Americans to keep and bear arms.”
Many have asked how those on the far left and Islamists plan to co-exist once they have done away with America’s Christians, the Constitution and the republic. Perhaps they do not plan to co-exist at all, each group believing that they will ultimately overcome the other. Maybe both groups suppose that the pre-eminence of either is immaterial so long as America has been laid waste.
I haven’t settled on a plausible answer to this question, but I do know that once they have done away with America’s Christians, the Constitution and the republic, it probably won’t matter too much to you and me who winds up in charge.