Hedges invokes the warnings of his old Harvard professor against “Christian fascists.” Supposedly, Christians carrying crosses and chanting the Pledge of Allegiance are the new Hitlers. The Left is loathe to treat Islamic terrorists as moral reprobates, but when it comes to conservative Christians, Hedges calls on his fellow liberals to renounce their relativist scruples and acknowledge “the power and allure of evil.”This is a very good summation of the situation in the United States but it has very close parallels to the situation in Canada as well.
Hedges needn’t worry. For a very long time now, secular liberals have treated conservative Christians as the modern embodiment of evil, the one group you’re allowed to openly hate. Although barely noticed by the rest of us, this poison has been floating through our political system for decades. Traditional Christians are tired of it, and I don’t blame them. That doesn’t justify rhetorical excess from either side. But the fact of the matter is that the Left’s rhetorical attacks on conservative Christians have long been more extreme, more widely disseminated, and more politically effective than whatever the Christians have been hurling back. And now that their long ostracism by the media has finally forced conservative Christians to demand redress, the Left has abandoned all rhetorical restraint.
It has come to the point where if anyone states 'a Christian viewpoint' in public that politicians and the media jump all over it and claim that the opinion has no place in the public sphere. How we ever got to the point where only certain people's opinions were suitable for public expression is beyond me.
I've listened to countless people tell me that certain Christian positions on subjects are wrong and that they should have no influence on public policy. When I ask them why the Christian position shouldn't have any influence on public policy they spew out some nonsense about separation of church and state which is a funny position to take considering that no such thing exists in Canada.
Funny times we live in eh? I guess you know the world is twisting itself inside out when those who claim to believe in inclusion and acceptance can unleash so much hatred against one particular group of people.
Update @ 11:12pm
Christopher at The Kallini Brothers discussions this subject as well:
The logical premise to the current Leftist anti-religious crusade in the US is that not only should Christians and Jews not be allowed to hold public office, but that they shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, because morality should not provide the basis for voting decisions, if that morality comes from an organized religion, as opposed to, say, The Communist Manifesto, Gaia worship, or the collected works of Noam Chomsky.He couldn't be any more right.