In 2008, Focus on the Family released a list of all the horrible things that would happen by 2012 if Barack Obama was elected president.
In 2012, their predictions turned out to be just as far from reality as most of their religious beliefs.
The American Family Association appears to have learned a lesson from all this: When making predictions about the future of Christianity, don’t say what’s going to happen four years from now. Aim higher! Talk about what’ll happen 50 years from now! By then, everyone will forget how idiotic you were.
So they sent out the follow email yesterday (my comments are in red):
What will religion look like in the year 2060?
Conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. To compare Conservative Christians (a popular majority, not discriminated against, accepted by society) to pre-Civil-Rights-era African-Americans is just the Christian Martyr Complex in action. They wish they were a persecuted minority just so they could play the underdog card.
Family as we know it will be drastically changed with the state taking charge of the children beginning at birth. The government doesn’t want your children. You’ll still have to take care of them.
Marriage will include two, three, four or any number of participants. Marriage will not be important, with individuals moving in and out of a “family” group at will. Citation needed. Gay marriage underscores the importance people place in family values. That’s not a Christian belief; that’s virtually universal.
Churchbuildings will be little used, with many sold to secular buyers and the money received going to the government. I predict people in the future will still want community, believe it or not. The government will not be taking over churches; if they were, atheists would be opposed to it.
Churches will not be allowed to discuss any political issues, even if it affects the church directly. Pastors can’t endorse candidates if they want to remain tax-exempt. To extrapolate that to mean you can’t have opinion on political issues is crazy. Churches are private groups and they have every right to comment on issues like gay marriage and abortion. No one is stopping them from doing it.
Tax credit given to churches and non-profit organizations will cease. The government wants to encourage the creation of non-profit groups, not discourage them from forming. Maybe a tax credit would disappear. More likely, though, churches will just have to file the same paperwork as other non-profits — that’s the point of the lawsuits going through the courts right now.
Christian broadcasting will be declared illegal based on the separation of church and state. The airwaves belong to the government, therefore they cannot be used for any religious purpose. As long as atheists and other religious groups have the same ability to purchase television time, no one’s declaring Christian broadcasting illegal. (But it probably will damage your mental health.)
We will have, or have had, a Muslim president. And the problem with that would be…?
Cities with a name from the Bible such as St. Petersburg, Bethlehem, etc. will be forced to change their name due to separation of church and state. Unless they’re a mini-theocracy ruled through Biblical law, it’s not gonna happen.
Groups connected to any religious affiliation will be forced out of health care. Health centers get tax money from the state, making it a violation of church and state. This makes it sounds like the government is on a secret mission to kill off all religious people. Talk about conspiracy theory…
Get involved! Sign THE STATEMENT.
Donald E. Wildmon
None of this would be all that important except AFA is a major player in evangelical circles. Millions of Christians agree with them and share their paranoia.
Let’s face it, though. Wildmon’s biggest fear in all of this is that American society will eventually treat Christians the same way those Christians are treating LGBT people and atheists right now.
Thankfully, we have more of a heart, so he has nothing to worry about.
(via Think Progress)