Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christians Are the New Negro.

We've heard a lot about the fight for Christian laws being similar to the civil rights movement, headed by Martin Luther King Jr. The Manhattan Declaration claimed civil disobedience as justification for discriminating non-Christians. Glenn Beck encouraged tea baggers, conspiracy theorists, and other hyper-right groups to resort to civil disobedience. And Harry Reid compared health care reform to civil rights legislation. Don't forget the Veterans of California who will exercise civil disobedience if their cross is found to be unconstitutional.

It seems both sides of the issue of citizens' rights have been harking their inner MLK lately.

There are no laws that oppress Christians. Of all stripe and denomination, they are awarded their freedom of belief like any other group in society. What they are protesting is that they cannot make laws to impose those beliefs on others. And that they can't missionize their faith with full freedom, like erecting the ten commandments in public buildings. Or discriminate against individuals whose lifestyles they do not agree with. That's called discrimination. Equating Christian inability to discriminate to slavery is a sad ignorance of history and a reduction of the crime that slavery was.

To bolster the "Christians are oppressed just like slaves were" side of things, I've posted an entire martyrdom-complex, hyperbolic, poorly argued article by Pastor Kenneth Hutcherson from World Net Daily today.

What examples of erosion of Christian rights does Hutcherson use? The hate crimes bill! He is oppressed because he can't discriminate against gays? And he pulls out the typical Christian interpretation of the establishment clause which says it is meant to protect religion from the state, not the other way around. Just as blacks were attacked by whites during segregation, he contends (with a bit of gender nonsense), Carrie Prejean and Sarah Palin are attacked! Not exactly great proof of discrimination.

So he resorts to citing to European priests who are sanctioned by the government for discriminating against homosexuals. (I thought we were talking about the US?) And Christmas! He says the war on Christmas is proof of Christian slavery! A "Merry Xmas" sign is just like beating a black man!

Hutcherson's problem isn't oppression. It's that he feels his freedom to discriminate against the members of society he chooses to condemn is impeded. That's called enforcement of equality, Mr. Hutcherson, not oppression.

I did not become a Christian so I would have to fight for my constitutional freedoms all over again.

Growing up in Alabama being black, knowing how that felt and the way I was treated in an all-white world of power and control, I had to fight for equal rights under the Constitution. How ironic now as a Christian to have those same thoughts and feelings again and to have to try and wrestle control of my constitutional rights from the secular community.

Ken Hutcherson
Pastor Kenneth L. Hutcherson

Many reading this may not understand where I came up with this concept of calling Christians "the new Negro."

The reason is because there are undeniable similarities. Jim Crow laws were passed to keep me from having my constitutional rights and my rights under the Declaration of Independence of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Even though the Constitution gave me those freedoms, man was smart enough to be able to keep me from living those freedoms by saying I was "separate but equal."

Today, my constitutional right of freedom of religion is being eroded again by laws such as the Hate Crimes Bill and repeated attacks by the politically correct crowd. Threats that came along as a result of an African American wanting to get out from under Jim Crow laws were formidable and scary and designed to keep African Americans quiet. The same thing is happening to Christians today.

"Speechless: Silencing the Christians," by Don Wildmon, lays out determined strategy of coalition of liberal secularists, homosexual activists and Fortune 500 companies

Another way secular society is trying to control Christians is by the fallacy of the separation of church and state. That establishment clause was intended to protect the church from the state, not to keep the church from participating in the state. Christians' ignorance of the meaning of the establishment clause has allowed us to be controlled just like the African Americans were in the 1950s and '60s.

Many may question why I'm writing this article because they can't see the fight in our society and world concerning the overt attack on Judeo-Christian values.

If you don't believe one could be attacked for their stand on Judeo-Christian beliefs alone, take the case of Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Look at her refusal to compromise her Christian values. She has been vilified, demonized and lost her title simply because of her constitutional right to freedom of religion. What is so encouraging is that she will not compromise; she will not give up her values and would rather please God than take what the world has to offer her.

Sarah Palin is another example.

The politically correct crowd has a very difficult time dealing with Sarah because of who she is. Mrs. Palin is a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage, pro-hunting, white, conservative, Christian male who happened to have been born a woman! The politically correct crowd knows exactly what to do with a white male with those attributes, but a woman?

She is the perfect picture of the politically correct woman – strong, beautiful, able to both buy and fry the bacon, take care of the family, run an entire state and still take care of her baby. But because of who she is, and because she does not subscribe to politically correct thinking, she has been attacked for no other reason than her Judeo-Christian values, just as African Americans were attacked for no other reason than their skin color.

If you still don't think Christians are being attacked for our beliefs, consider Pastor Ake Green in Sweden and Pastor Stephen Boisson in Canada and many other men of God around the world who have been jailed and had their non-profit status threatened because they dare to callhomosexuality a sin. The sad commentary is many Christians have backed off our God-given responsibility to tell the truth because secular society has deemed the truth "political." Marriage is a church issue, pornography is a church issue, homosexuality is a church issue, and divorce is a church issue. The problem is, as soon as the secular elites named them political, the evangelical church – especially the white evangelical church – retreated and held up the cowardly white flag.

If you don't think Christians have become the new Negro, just look at Christmas! We are no longer able to celebrate Christmas in schools. Even though as taxpayers, our tax dollars help pay for our broken educational system, we are forced to celebrate winter break and the fabulous "holiday tree!"

How about the wonderful greeting, "Happy Holidays!"? Department stores are afraid to put up signs with the word "Christmas" on them. Don't mistakenly think this is anything new. Secular society began taking Christ out of Christmas when they started calling it "Xmas" – and we let it happen.

In my wonderful state of Washington just last year, Gov. Christine Gregoire and the state legislators allowed an Atheist Manifesto to be put up right next to the Nativity scene of our Lord Jesus Christ! I have to say straightforward: the state of Washington is the armpit of the United States, and our lovely legislators are supplying the odiferous scent to the armpit.

Because 2008 was such a disaster, this year there will be no Christmas or religious displays in the Capitol rotunda, period. Oh, except they will put up a huge holiday tree.

Can anybody tell me where common sense is? Everyone in the world knows it's a Christmas tree. This nonsense is all in the name of tolerance toward whom? It's certainly not toward those of us who hold strong Judeo-Christian values. As Christians, it's an attack on what we hold dear. But just like the Negroes, Christians should understand they are not equal under the Constitution's right to freedom of religion.

The only difference between Christians and African Americans is that Christians put up with this intolerance while standing behind the false disguise of humility and love. We are obsessed with showing the world our love when our primary job is to tell them the truth. The Bible does not say, "Sensitivity shall set you free." It says, "The truth shall set you free." Are we not the truth-tellers?

When are we as believers, like the African Americans that came before us, going to say, enough is enough? No more "separate but equal!" Our battle cry is "We are the salt of the earth, onward Christian soldiers and to God be the glory! For in unity we will stand and we will not be stopped!

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