Have you heard the news?
Christianity is under attack in America!
That’s right; our official U.S. government religion is under attack by, (gasp!), none other than the U.S. government!
Do you need proof?
Just last week President Obama gave a Thanksgiving Internet address to the nation without thanking God. In fact, Obama mentioned God only once in closing his speech when he said: "God bless you," to his audience.
Imagine that! A president of the United States deliberately not explicitly thanking God on Thanksgiving Day!
Instead, he only thanked God earlier in the week in a written Thanksgiving proclamation, saying that the holiday is "one of our nation's oldest and most cherished traditions," an occasion that "brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives."
"As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come," wrote the President.
That’s not nearly enough to satisfy the rabid religionists.
"Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?" columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post. "Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."
Other holy critics immediately went on the Internet to voice their anger and disbelief that our president could snub God so outrageously on Thanksgiving Day.
"His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God," wrote radio host Todd Starnes on the Fox News web site. "The president said his family was reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are. For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are."
Obviously, if the President of the United States, or any other government official for that matter, is not sufficiently deferential to Christianity on Thanksgiving Day when such obligatory deference is clearly warranted, that amounts to an outright U.S. Government attack on Christianity.
Do you need even more proof of this shocking new government attack against Jesus?
The U.S. Army brass at Camp Marmal in northern Afghanistan have actually had the gall to remove a permanently erected Christian cross from an Army chapel, creating what some soldiers call a “huge controversy,” and “direct attack against Christianity.”
A Pentagon spokesman told Fox News & Commentary that the cross violated Army regulations and was removed after someone complained. “Military chapels have to be open to all denominations and as such can’t have permanent symbols of one particular religion or another,” said Commander Williams Speaks.
Army Regulation 165-1, 12-3k states:”The chapel environment will be religiously neutral when the facility is not being used for scheduled worship. Portable religious symbols, icons, or statues may be used within a chapel during times of religious worship.”
“Symbols are to be moved or covered when not in use during services. Distinctive religious symbols, such as crosses, crucifixes, the Star of David, Menorah, and other religious symbols will not be affixed or displayed permanently on the chapel interior, exterior, or grounds. Permanent or fixed chapel furnishings, such as the altar, pulpit, lectern, or communion rail will be devoid of distinctive religious symbols.”
This is considered concrete proof of an effort underway to sanitize the military and country of Christianity, complain American conservative leaders. “What’s the purpose of a chapel?” asked Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. “The timing of this; what a way to celebrate Thanksgiving,” he concluded.
“If they [secularists and atheists] are able to erase Christian symbols from the military, then it can be pushed to be erased in the private sector,” said one disgruntled soldier.
Obviously, if the majority of Christians in the U.S. Army can’t decorate an officially neutral chapel open to all faiths with permanent icons of their religion that ipso facto amounts to another outright U.S. Government attack on Christianity.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution requires the government to remain neutral in matters of religion. It is that benign neutrality towards religion which is interpreted by the religious majority as an unmitigated attack on Christianity.
“If you don’t accept the superiority of my religion over yours and all other religions,” scream the Christians; “If you don’t allow us to employ the U.S. government to impose our religion on you and everyone else that automatically amounts to a government attack on Christianity,” they reckon.
It’s pitiful that the faith of so many Christians in America requires government support.
A new American Values Survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) confirms that most Americans expect their elected officials to be Christian. They insist that their president shares a faith like their own; and are not comfortable otherwise. Two thirds of respondents said it’s important or very important.
Sixty-three percent of white Evangelicals were favorable toward Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, last September. But after Robert Jeffress, a Baptist pastor from Dallas, called Mormonism a cult during the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., the favorability number among them for Romney dropped to forty-nine percent in less than a month.
Candidates who have the least chance of winning an election in America are those with no religion, followed closely behind by Muslim’s, according to the same survey.
"Romney has a primary problem," explains a PRRI spokesman. The problem lies in the Iowa Caucus, the first contest on the road to the White House. In Iowa, "white Evangelicals play an out sized role…”
Of course they do.
They’re the ones who believe that the U.S. government is attacking them if it doesn’t constantly promote their version of Christianity.
They’re the ones who’ve elected so many knuckleheads as President in America over the last century.