Political Christianity

Thought I would post some thoughts about a debate I wanted to start.  I miss some of that aspect of what I used to be.  What follows is my response to a query on my facebook page that I had as my status.   I post it here because I realize that some of the individuals that read here are no longer on Facebook,  they didn’t make it through the great purge,  no offence meant just in a cleaning mood.  here is the thread so far with name change to protect the other party.

Pellula:   How ironic that in most countries where Christians want to build churches, they’re either persecuted and/or killed for the very thought of being a Christian and we can do nothing. Yet, a radical Muslim can come in our country, kill thousands of people and be allowed to build a mosque where it happened. Where are our rights???

Aaron: The thing that bothers me Pellula is that when Christians in other countries are persecuted their faith gets stronger, and you are correct we can do nothing in a country that has outlawed any faith but the ones that the state deems acceptable, …having said that, the first ammendment cuts both ways and Christians don’t like that. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We like to say that our country is a Christian country, people point to the pledge of Alegience as proof, I wonder if they realize that Under God was not in the origianl but that it was added in 1954 as were other words and phrases at different times.

Christianity has it’s own radical fringe just as those of the Muslim faith do. Westboro Baptist church, The KKK, Various militias. Many of these organizations claim Christianity as a base.

Our rights are right here in our country that is made up of various peoples and religions. We can’t pick and choose who gets freedom of religion and who doesn’t, would people have the same issue with Westboro Baptist buiding a new sanctuary across the street from where Matthew Shepherd was Murderd.

Having said all of that I also feel that it is important for Religious groups, all religous groups to think before they do someting. If there is concern over this by victims familes, not by politicians, not by pastors, but by people who lost loved ones that day, they should be willing to listen and change their plans.

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