by Caleb Reading
Remember all the hulabaloo about Christians being under attack when the Ten Commandments thing was removed from public property? And you recently heard about the judge who showed up to the fair and impartial courtroom with a religious document embroidered on his robe? Well, check this out:
Two days after Presiding Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan donned a robe in court displaying the Ten Commandments on his chest, staffers were busy fielding calls from media outlets and supporters across the nation.
“We’ve had calls from Texas, Washington state, Arkansas, California, New Jersey and Tennessee, plus the local calls,” explained McKathan’s secretary, Susan Sansom, looking over a legal pad listing the callers early on Wednesday. “Every one of them is supportive of what the judge has done. We have not had a single complaint called in.”
No athiests calling in bomb threats. No wiccans outside the building holding signs that say “Goddess hates McKathan”. No taoists making death threats.
Now, contrast this with the Newdow situation. You remember, the guy who didn’t want his daughter to be compelled to say “under God”. Via CNN:
Newdow said that since the ruling he has received death threats, including one left on his answering machine that said, “You’re a dead man walking.”
And, of course, some people will say, “He’s an atheist. He must be lying.” Some people may have heard the answering machine tape, and said, “It was just a prank” or “Those aren’t real Christians.”
You may google “Pledge of allegiance” +newdow +threats for many, many more examples.
And, more recently, we have the “Giving Tree” controversy:
The Stocks complained after a city worker told them the tree makes him feel out of place, and if he says so, he fears for his job.
The couple’s already gotten hate-filled phone calls, but they speak out anyway, because they believe many people feel the way they do but stay silent.
Personally, I have no problem with yule trees, especially not charity fundraising yule trees, but that is no excuse to call someone’s home and curse them over a tree. Not even a fig tree. [That’s a bible reference.]
When I was going to a born-again Christian private highschool, I heard alot about the “moral majority” along with the completely contradictory martyrdom complex. Our elders would tell us the secular millions would shun us for our faith, but keeping our faith despite being outnumbered would prove our righteousness and yadda yadda.
Who’s the minority here in America? And who would Jesus bully?
Remember after 911 how the cry went out for “Where’s the Muslim outrage?” Why weren’t muslim clerics more vocal in their disavowal of these acts? I am among those who wanted to see clerics vocally disavow violence. I still do.
Although Christianity-based actions in recent history haven’t been that violent, when I hear about some of the other things that go on today in the name of the Lord, I think, “Where is the Christian outrage?”