For years we have been hearing all about how Christianity and Christians are under attack. It might be true in some places, but it’s not true in the US. The biggest problem is not understanding the distinct difference between being preferenced, which is what was taking place for years for Christians, and being persecuted. But we have all heard about the cry for and need of religious liberty. But, now the really truth about what they really wanted is coming out.
As most everyone is probably aware, Donald Trump has called
for banning all Muslims from entering into the US, including those who are
citizens. This has followed on months of
similar rhetoric, although not quite so extreme, not just from Trump but from
the other Republican candidates as well about observing and being vigilant with
Muslims, up to and including registering them and putting informers in the Mosques.
When these ideas were being promoted there was little if any
objections from the right, the very same people who would flip if someone
proposed anything even close to the same thing for Christians. Which means they are not really concerned
with religious liberty or freedom for all, but simply religious liberty for
themselves, or people like them.
It’s like those who are using Hanukah as a celebration for
religious freedom, when, as a story in the Washington Post pointed out, it should
better be understood as freedom to force other people to worship the same way
that you do. That, of course, is not
religious freedom, but religious tyranny and that is what those who regularly
talk about religious “freedom” truly want is to be allowed to force everyone
else to believe the same things they do.
It’s as we saw in Animal Farm, “everyone
animal is equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Although the response has not been overwhelmingly opposed to
Trump’s statement, when Cheney comes out and says you are wrong we at least
know there is a line that can be crossed that will bring some rebuke. Now the question is will the rebukes increase
and will this by the straw that finally breaks the back of Trumps racist rhetoric.
* I originally put in the wrong Orwell title, and from the comment changed from 1984 to Animal Farm.