[W]hat are we to make of a cover story in Harper?¢??s that systematically identifies conservative Christianity with fascism? According to Harper?¢??s, conservative Christians are making ?¢??war on America.?¢?? Can you imagine the reaction to a cover story about a ?¢??war on America?¢?? by blacks, gays, Hispanics, or Jews? Then there?¢??s Frank Rich?¢??s April 24 New York Times op-ed comparing conservative Christians to George Wallace, segregationists, and lynch mobs.
These comparisons are both inflammatory and mistaken. Made in the name of opposing hatred, they license hatred. It was disturbing enough during the election when even the most respectable spokesmen on the left proudly proclaimed their hatred of president Bush. Out of that hatred flowed pervasive, if low-level, violence. I fear that Bush hatred is now being channeled into hatred of Christian conservatives. The process began after the election and is steadily growing worse. This hatred of conservative Christians isn?¢??t new, but it is being fanned to a fever pitch.
Disturbing, yes, but expected. Jesus said the world hated Him first, so we should expect no different.
What’s typical in this liberal screed is the flawed logic in the author’s conclusions:
[Chris] Hedges seems to be worried that the United States is just a few short steps away from having apostasy, blasphemy, sodomy, and witchcraft declared capital crimes. Compare this liberal fantasy of imminent theocracy to the reality of Lawrence v. Texas and Roper v. Simmons (the Supreme Court decision that appealed to European precedents to overturn capital punishment for juveniles).
Facts are irrelevant. To liberals, Christians are the new Hitlers. Case closed.
Ironic, isn’t it? None of the founding fathers would have approved of same-sex marriage, but now those with a biblical understanding of the practice are equated with the evil, genocidal supporters of Adolf Hitler.
It’s a fact of 21st century American life: The one group you’re allowed to openly hate is Bible-believing Christians.