So I’m flipping the channels and come across a D. James Kennedy sermon, which is always good for a laugh or two. The sermon was about tolerance of intolerance and it included all the typical martyr-mongering we hear from the religious right about how persecuted they are because they don’t get to impose their will on others the way they used to be able to (which is a bit like King George claiming to be persecuted after the American revolution). By my favorite part was where he actually claimed that what is happening to Christians in America is just like the Holocaust. No, I’m not making that up.
He actually said that, and he said that he had spoken to a holocaust survivor at his first church service who agreed with him. And he provided a step by step slippery slope argument. He said first they laughed at the Jews, they then ridiculed them, then they censored them, then they imprisoned them, then they killed them. And of course, he said, we’re on the same path now. I’ll take “how the hell does anyone say something that stupid with a straight face” for $1000, Alex.
For crying out loud, Christians have controlled our political system for almost our entire history. Aside from a few Jews here and there, can you name a non-Christian in our government? I can name one (Judge Posner). The fact that we won’t let Christians force others to say prayers they don’t believe in while in school is not persecution, it’s liberty. The fact that we will no longer let Christians pass laws that throw people in prison for daring to be gay is not persecution, it’s liberty. The fact that you can’t tell the difference speaks volumes.
If you’re laughed at, it’s because you contually make such idiotic arguments that deserve to be laughed at. This is exactly the kind of demagoguery that Dick Armey was speaking of, stupid pablum that is easy for the intellectually lazy and the ignorant. No one who is not an idiot or a liar would see the anti-gay rhetoric that flows so casually from the religious right as being “standing up for truth”, yet see any reaction to that rhetoric as proof that Christians are about to be rounded up and thrown into the ovens. This is absurdity on a transcendental level. It’s the same kind of rank stupidity that fuels the “war on Christmas” nonsense.