The War On Religion Does Not Exist
(aka, my controversial post of the day)

If you live in the United States of America and you watch the news, you are probably aware of two distinct, yet very related, things. One, this country is a Christian nation, founded on Christian principles by Christian founding fathers and Christian Christian Christian Christians. You will also be aware that Christianity is under attack. Atheists who are doing that not-believing-in-god thing all over the internet and in real life; governments enforcing a thing called the separation of church and state (what on earth is that anyway?); people of Christian faith who are being persecuted for their beliefs. That doesn't sound good at all.

However, the only thing keeping the war on Christianity alive is pretty much... well, Christians. When you try to convince a populace of something that isn't real, it takes a lot of work to keep going, and the idea that there is a war on Christianity is taking a lot of work, but without much success. It's like that kid in kindergarten who keeps screaming at you to stop hitting him when you're not anywhere near him in an attempt to get the teacher to punish you, but no one else in the entire room is paying any attention. The difference between that kid and these Christians is that the kid eventually grew up.

Now, it may sound as though I'm being unnecessarily callous, so I will say that I'm doing no stereotyping here. Not everyone does this, I know. However, of all the people to claim they are being oppressed by [insert random, made-up oppressor here], they've all been religious. This idea of a war strikes me as a pity grab by people in a comfortable position of power who don't want to lose it; now that the scales are evening out, they don't like that. i.e.; they don't get to oppress anyone anymore, so they think they themselves are being oppressed.

However, what I see is simply that: an attempt to even the scales. If you want to worship, do it. In public? Sure. Go to church? Be my guest. There are plenty of them. Everywhere. Wear a cross around your neck? Groovy. Start dictating what people can marry, what women can do with their own body, try to stop someone of another faith from putting up a place of worship, etc.? Now that's crossing the line. And attempting to make sure everyone has equal say and rights does not equate to oppression.

Jon Stewart, a man I personally admire, had some things to say on the subject that I found quite interesting.

"Does anyone know... does the Christian persecution complex have an expiration date? Because, uh, you've all been in charge pretty much since, uh... what was that guy's name? Constantine. He converted in, what was it, 312 A.D.? I'm just saying, enjoy your success.'

'I have to say, as someone who is not Christian, it’s hard for me to believe Christians are a persecuted people in America. God-willing, maybe one of you one day will even rise up and get to be president of this country -- or maybe forty-four in a row. But that’s my point, is they’ve taken this idea of no establishment as persecution, because they feel entitled, not to equal status, but to greater status.'

Sure, there are people who don't like what religion is doing. There are people who just don't like religion. Some people might get furious if you tell them to have a Merry Christmas, and some people won't like Tim Tebow. But to equate what's going on now with any war going on with religion is silly. If there is any war going on, it's against the advancements of civil rights, women's rights, marriage rights, the rights of other religions, etc. but even to call that 'war' is a stretch. And I guarantee that some people who say there's a war on Christianity would try to justify why everything I just said is perfectly okay.

There is no war. Be religious all you want. The war is not against religion, but against oppression. Try being gay. A woman. A minority. Muslim. Jewish. And then, please, try to tell me that the oppression is against Christianity.

(Written for a special friend of mine, and because I was going to eventually anyway.)
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