One of the most ridiculous stories that comes up when talking about separation of church and state is the constant complaints of Christian persecution from right wingers. Gary Bauer, president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families and a failed US Presidential candidate, tries hard to claim that Christians are hurt more than Muslims in this country.
If Muslims were treated like Christians, Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in crude cartoon parodies. If Christians were treated like Muslims, conspicuous Christianity would be celebrated by our elites as a sign of our diversity and open-mindedness, not disparaged as an embarrassment, a nuisance and a breach of the law.
If Christianity were treated like Islam, our students would be taught a white-washed version of Christian history, with the troubling bits miscast or omitted from textbooks and lesson plans.
As the Daily Kos points out Bauer is leaving some facts out:
It goes on and on and on. But wait, what if Christians were treated like Muslims?
Christians would be racially profiled at public places and transportation hubs. Christians wouldn’t be allowed to build churches wherever they pleased. Christians wouldn’t be allowed to wear their traditional garb without mocking and angry looks. Christians wouldn’t be allowed to say the word “Jesus” without triggering alarm bells at the NSA. Christians wouldn’t be allowed to go to church without having their property vandalized, and even being physically attacked. Christians would be the villain in every action thriller. Christians wouldn’t be able to run for office without having bigots accuse them of being in league with terrorists.
I could also go on and on and on.
You know who really gets screwed? Atheists. Discuss.
Bauer and those who whine about Christian persecution are just that – cry babies over Christian privilege. It’s laughable because if there is any so-called “persecution” it pales to other countries like where majority religious dissenters actually die or are put in prison.
Like in Iraq: