The hostility towards Christians is reaching fever pitch in the liberal West. The rights of Christians to practice their faith has come under sustained attack from some liberals, and too often those in positions of power.
The past few weeks the right of Christian parents to educate their children in the Christian faith as protected by Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights was placed under sustained attack by liberal columnists, particularly at The Times and The Guardian.
Even though their argument relied on alleged discriminatory practices carried out in non-faith state schools, it seemed Christian faith schools were to blame. The anti-faith school mob’s manipulation of the alleged Trojan horse scandal was as predictable as it was flawed.
This followed the legalisation changing the definition of marriage. On the subject of same sex marriage most reasonable people would think there were coherent arguments from both sides.
But anyone who defended the traditional view of marriage as that being between one man and one woman for the raising of children produced by that union were called ‘bigots’ at the highest level of government and much worse in other quarters.
There were similar attacks in the United States. In one infamous case a CEO was fired from his job for supporting traditional marriage – in fact, he was fired for not saying sorry for holding a Christian view of marriage, which is even worse. Renounce, or else. The threat against the person’s livelihood, if not their lives, for holding Christian beliefs is fast becoming a favoured method of persecution by liberals.
More worryingly, in the past week in the United States the Supreme Court refused to allow the federal government to force on the owners of the chain store Hobby Lobby to act against their religious beliefs. The Left did not accept this for what it was – a check on vastly expanded federal power under Obamacare.
Instead it was condemned as a war on women (a war that includes the same employer paying for 12 other kinds of contraception), with Hillary Clinton grossly misrepresenting the facts and outcome of the case. This does not bode well considering she is a person who one day hopes to swear the Presidential Oath, which specifically includes protecting and upholding the US Constitution including the First Amendment.
As the Supreme Court has six Catholics sitting on it, it quickly became open season on Catholics with their right to hold public office being called into account. Most right-thinking people thought this was settled when JFK took the Presidential Oath, but it seems this is once again a matter for public debate.
In addition, quickly trending on Twitter was the hashtag Scalia law – used to evoke comparisons with Sharia Law and theocracies. Never mind that Justice Scalia, has defended the right to burn the American flag as protected speech under the First Amendment and he is one of the few Justices with a coherent theory of legal interpretation.
I believe that for many anti-faith liberals they simply do not understand why someone might adhere to or at least try to adhere to a Christian moral and ethical code. This is distinct from disagreeing with the substance of this code, or condemning the institutions of Christianity. That is all fair enough. But now many simply do not understand why anyone would want to live their lives by that code. Herein lies the disconnect.
A Huffington Post article that claimed that as result of Hobby Lobby we may as well bring back stoning of women shows this disconnect. They attempted to use a painting of ‘stoning of a woman’ to illustrate this point only it turned out to be the martyring St Stephen. If a somewhat respected news outlet demonstrates this kind of stunning ignorance towards Christian heritage we should not be surprised at the hostility.
The anti-Christian liberals have gone past the point of live and let live; have your Christian beliefs but just do not impose them on me. It seems they do not like Christians themselves having these beliefs.
The liberals might say oh, you can have them but you just do not exercise or manifest them. Well, Christianity is more than holding beliefs in the privacy of your own mind, house or church. It includes exercising them, such as educating your children in the faith and not acting against your conscience by government fiat.
The Christian faith involves more than saying ten Hail Marys – although a few of those might not go amiss right now.