Dominionists, Christian Reconstructionists and others of similar ilk and this whole manufactured myth of Christian persecution.
This simple test comes to mind when looking at the personal writings of our Founding Fathers, which mention God and the Bible fairly frequently, and trying to reconcile those documents and that thinking with the US Constitution which does not mention either even once in its 4,400 words. A Chi-Square analysis of these personal writings versus the Constitution would indicate that they are in a word: Different. In point of fact (and a little irony), those holding up more and more God and Bible-laced documents indicating the personal Christianity of those who wrote or signed the Constitution are only exacerbating this difference and further building the case that the Constitution was different than these personal writings and therefore not written to create a Christian state or even one ruled primarily by Christian laws. It is as simple as that as it neither walks like a duck nor quacks.
|Mike Huckabee (here with Kim Davis) is one of the biggest boosters to the idea of Christian persecution.|
And once one crosses this we-were-founded-as-a-Christian-nation Rubicon then other untruths and miss-characterizations seem easier and easier with one being the idea of Christian persecution. When one looks at this idea of Christian persecution and the examples given it is really, really hard to not see that all the examples of “persecution” seem tightly tied to Christians attempting to force their values on others essentially denying the others their Constitutional rights. This myth appears more based on persecution by Christians rather than persecution of Christians.
|Bobby Jindal awarded a sword by Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills. Governor Jindal is evidently one of the ambassadors of Dominionism.|
“Climate change is not science, it’s religion” Senator Ted Cruz on Glenn BeckIn closing, I look at the above quote by Senator Ted Cruz as telling and another nail in the coffin of this revisionist group’s credibility. For the good Senator and others of his sort climate change is all about religion as their opposition to the idea that it is caused by humans or that it needs regulatory attention is clearly based on faith rather than evidence or logic. But for the rest of us we live in the land of logic and evidence and those indicate that our country was founded purposely as a country that separated religion from governance, was against persecution from all quarters, and if it embraced any Christian principles per se they are embodied by the ideas of tolerance, broad charity, and looking after the welfare of our fellow citizens which—ironically—seem to be some of the first victims of this crowd. Go figure.