Todd Starnes in nothing more than a fear monger, there is no Christian persecution in America

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This is a response to Kathy Schiffer’s post on Seasons of Grace in which she discusses Todd Starnes’ new book God Less America.

Schiffer starts off by saying that there is:

No doubt about it: Todd Starnes has a nose for news. His cutting-edge reports on Fox News expose religious discrimination in all its forms—in schools, in business, and in the public square. Starnes reveals the not-infrequent failure of our society to protect freedom of religion as guaranteed by our Constitution. [Emphasis hers.]

Yet there is a lot of doubt about this. Starnes has a nose for racism and propaganda, not news.

Starnes who tweeted these after the tragedy in Ferguson:

Is this the hero of religion Schiffer wants to be associated with?

Yet these are not the issues Schiffer is talking about, she wants to discuss religious freedom and she sides with Starnes in the all-familiar cry of oppression every time a Christian group does not get their way.

Examples of said oppression are:

The Obama Administration’s refusal to permit evangelical pastor Louie Giglio to deliver the benediction at Obama’s 2012 inauguration, after it was learned that he had delivered a sermon in the 1990s calling homosexuality a sin.

Yet this isn’t oppression, Obama is permitted to choose who he pleases and if he does not agree with the pastors stance, why should he be allowed to speak?

A police chaplain in Charlotte, North Carolina, ordered to stop invoking the name of Jesus.

Remind me again why the secular police force has a chaplain?

Owners of a bed and breakfast ordered to pay thousands in fines after they refused to give a lesbian couple a room.

Well at least we can know for sure that Schiffer supports discrimination. This kind of bigotry should be illegal, would she feel the same way if a hotel refused her service because she has an imaginary friend?

Hallmark Cards’ rewrite of the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” because the traditional lyrics, which refer to “gay apparel,” might offend certain people.

Hallmark makes a strategic business move, this is religious oppression. Are you kidding me?

The refusal by a Louisiana library to grant a church youth group permission to perform a living Nativity scene on their property.

Kathy, do you not understand what secularism is? Are you unfamiliar with the establishment clause? If you want the local (government owned) library to display the nativity scene, are you willing to make room for every other religion to display their beliefs? I’m sure the Church of Satan can come up with something nice.

She then continues on with more drivel that we have come to expect and then gives praise to the cast of Duck Dynasty and the owner of Chick-Fil-A for standing firm in their beliefs. Again, reaffirming her love for hateful bigots.

Todd Starnes is a disgusting human being and Schiffer should be ashamed of herself for praising him. How do we move the country forward when hateful religious beliefs like Schiffer’s and Starnes’ are constantly crying persecution whenever their ability to hate monger is stepped on?

God Less American is an ad nauseum straw-man attack, not about religious freedom but about religious privilege. Starnes is not asking that Christianity be treated equally, he is asking for it to be treated special and granted any rights it demands.

Starnes book is as fictitious as Harry Potter, but when you delude yourself into thinking you’re being oppressed when you are the majority in a country, you will delude yourself into believing this mans idiocy.

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About Dan Arel

Dan Arel is the author of Parenting Without God, freelance journalist for AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter: @danarel


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