Like many on the Christian right, Phyllis Schlafly thinks Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is a hero who is turning Russia into a Christian paradise. But she thinks his increasingly theocratic policies have made Russia a haven for “religious freedom.”
It certainly was a shock when the president of Russia lectured Americans that we are “becoming godless.” In his last “state of the nation” speech, Vladimir Putin told Russia that the United States was moving away from Christian values. Back in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan was making similar comments about Russia!
So is the United States still one nation under God? In a recent article, Dr. Ben Carson says yes. Americans still live in a culture that operates under many of Christianity’s basic assumptions about life. But with increasing numbers of Americans becoming reluctant to mention God in public, we are in danger of forgetting our roots and discarding our rights. The liberals are trying to use the 1st Amendment as a weapon to silence religious speech. But to whom is the 1st Amendment directed? It says “Congress shall make no law.” The 1st Amendment binds the hands of Congress: it doesn’t restrict the rest of us…So if Russians are warming up to religious freedom just as Americans are rejecting it, what does this mean for the United States? It’s clear that the atheists are trying to censor all mention of religion out of every public place and event. If we do nothing, if we allow the atheists to eliminate God from our culture, we will be rejecting the principles that made our nation so great. But if we embrace our heritage, the principles that launched America will guide us strong into the future.
In the world that Schlafly and Putin want, “religious freedom” means passing harsh blasphemy laws and putting people in prison for daring to offend Christians. It also means, in Russia, shutting down Protestant Christian churches in favor of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is hardly a surprise. The Christian right’s idea of religious freedom is the freedom to impose their religion on everyone else. This is not religious freedom, it’s theocratic dictatorship.