Julian Sanchez has a new column that is so devestatingly on the mark concerning the myth of Christian persecution that it makes me want to create an award to balance off the Robert O’Brien Trophy. In particular, he beautifully nails this bit of pure demagoguery:
Even when genuine cases of religious speech’s being squelched lead to a more prolonged battle, the narrative favored by the martyrs manqué doesn’t always quite fit. When a Massachusetts high school attempted to punish Bible club members for distributing candy canes with religious messages affixed, Rev. Jerry Falwell justly fumed, but unjustly added: “And yes, students have just as much right to speak on religious topics as they do on secular topics– no matter what the ACLU might propagate.” The hitch is that the ACLU successfully defended those very students. One wonders what Falwell makes of the fact that early puritans, regarding Christmas as too pagan and too papist (it’s Christ’s mass after all), banned its celebration, and that a few contemporary Christians remain sympathetic to that view.
Go read the whole thing. It makes my post on this subject the other day look like I was just setting up for the cleanup hitter.