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-When Did it Become ‘Un-American’ to Be a Christian?

by Dr. D ~ July 30th, 2012


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I must have missed it sometime in the last couple of years or so but when did it become ‘un-American’ to be a Christian?

Last week Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy in an interview for a Christian magazine-Baptist News dared to admit that he and his family were Christians and supported the traditional Christian understanding of marriage. Then all heck broke loose all across the country. You would have thought that he was claiming to be a Nazi, a member of the KKK, or a child molester the way the MSM responded.

Several politicians, including the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, injected themselves into the fray proclaiming Cathy’s stand as being ‘un-American’ and promised to block Chick-fil-A from building new restaurants in their areas. Since then they have all carefully backed away from that initial claim to action probably after speaking to their legal departments. None of the politicians involved stopped to consider that any actions against Chick-fil-A were really a threat against the First amendment of the Constitution and actually an assault against free speech and freedom of religion. So who really is being ‘un-American here?

No one is claiming that Chick-fil-A restaurants discriminate in their hiring practices or in serving the public. So that leaves us with only Dan Cathy’s statement that he and his family are Christians who support traditional marriage. So somewhere along the line in America it has become objectionable for citizens to stand up for their political and religious convicts particularly if they’re Christians?

There were pro-gay activist pickets surrounding the local Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills, CA the last time I looked but also the line for chicken sandwiches was clear out the door. So maybe there are a lot of folks that think it is still OK to be a Christian in America and stand up for traditional marriage in spite of all of the PC media and politicians?

This morning in the OC Register I read an excellent article by Star Parker who wonders if the Gay activists have maybe gone ‘a bridge too far’ on this issue:

“Chick-fil-A protest could set back gay activism”

She ends her column with this:

Hopefully many will respond to Mike Huckabee’s appeal to patronize Chick-fil-A on Aug.1 as a reminder that our Constitution protects religious freedom.

Have we really gotten to the point where being a Christian is considered un-American?


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1 Response to -When Did it Become ‘Un-American’ to Be a Christian?

  1. Brian

    The opposition does not denigrate Christianity. It just denigrates those Christians who do not compromise and embrace the secular mandates. It is perfectly 100% American to be Christian — just keep it low key and support politically correct causes.

    If you went back the colonial era, Dr. D., every colony except (I think) for Pennsylvania had “anti-Baptist” laws. The laws prohibited voting, holding political office, certain occupations were excluded, land ownership was limited, and special taxes were imposed (i.e. an annual tax for not attending worship in the “official” church of the colony, plus a tax for each baby born who was not baptized into church “x” within a given number of months after birth).

    The reason for these laws was that the Baptists refused to march to the beat of the same drummer as everyone else in society.

    The First Amendment religion clause was enacted largely at Baptist urging to address this problem. De jure discrimination went away, but de fact discrimination continued well into the 19th century.

    Now, today, the entire Evangelical/Charismatic/Pentacostal movement is the offspring of those colonial Baptists

    The E/C/P movement refuses to march to the beat of society’s drummer.

    And history repeats itself.


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