Here’s a great example of why it’s so hard to take the Christian right’s claims seriously. Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel’s latest Worldnetdaily column is about the legislative prayer case being decided by the Supreme Court, which he says is an attempt at “religious cleansing.”
Another day, another secularist attempt at religious cleansing.
The United States Supreme Court, which, with jaw-dropping irony, opens every session with prayer, recently heard – for the umpteenth time – oral arguments on whether local governing bodies can likewise open every session with prayer. (The U.S. Congress does it, too. Always has.)
The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes,” and, unless the high court goes completely off the rails this time (anything’s possible under its presently imbalanced liberal makeup), so it shall remain.
The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. Hyper-litigious atheists – always on the prowl for a reason to be offended – sued the town of Greece in upstate New York for, you guessed it, opening its town meetings with prayer (you know, just like nearly every other legislative body in America has done since day one).
It’s this kind of hysteria and hyperbole that makes their arguments so idiotic. Here’s how Wikipedia defines religious cleansing:
Religious cleansing is a euphemism for a form of religious persecution in which members of a religious population are subjected to imprisonment, expulsion, or death by a majority to achieve religious homogeneity in majority-controlled territory.
In other words, the kind of thing carried out by Barber’s Christian forebears for centuries. The kind of thing advocated by Martin Luther against the Jews and carried out by the Catholic Church in their pogroms for hundreds and hundreds of years. The kind of thing that Thomas Jefferson was referring to in making the argument for a strict separation of church and state:
Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
Preventing you from forcing non-Christians to sit through your religious rituals is not “religious cleansing,” not by the most ridiculous of definitions.