Bishop Harry Jackson, the absolutely deranged anti-gay bigot, was part of an interfaith panel on CBS News talking about religious freedom and other issues. Jackson delivered the tired old line about Christianity being the basis for the nation’s founding and for the entire concept of religious liberty.
“In deference to the Christian foundation of this nation, it is that foundation that allows us freedom,” Jackson explained. “I don’t see this diversity in other places. So to the credit of our Christian foundation of this nation, this freedom we’re experiencing is because folks came and said, ‘We believe this is to be a Christian nation. We feel like we’ve been persecuted in the places we came from, and we’re going to intentionally let this nation be founded in a way that if you come here and you’re Islamic and you come here and you’re Jewish, we’re not going to persecute you.’”
“Although we don’t worship as Jewish people, we’re going to let this country be guided in a place where there’s going to be liberty and freedom or worship. I feel we’d be remiss if we act like some other set of countries has operated in this way.”
Religious freedom is emphatically not a Christian idea. There is zero support for it in the Bible and the history of Christendom. Religious freedom is a product of Enlightenment humanism. And like every other advance in freedom and justice, the Christian establishment was staunchly opposed to it and is now claiming credit for it.