Likely upcoming Senator wants you to know how difficult it is for a minority like Christians in the United States.

South Carolina resident, Ashley Miller, will love this one.  After Jim DeMint resigned his senate seat in that state to take over a conservative think tank, governor Nikki Haley began the search for his replacement.  The most likely person to fill that role is Tim Scott, and he’s a winner just like Charlie Sheen.  He’s a Christian, who has come through tremendous persecution to get where he is.

Over the last 17 years of public service, I have seen the concept of faith tested time and time again. The greatest minority under assault today are Christians. No doubt about it.

When I was on county council in 1995, I posted the Ten Commandments. And the ACLU and the folks for separation of church and state all came and attacked us at Charleston County and said we were wasting taxpayer dollars.

Because in wingnut land, being told you can’t break the law is tantamount to persecution, and being a part of a demographic that makes up about 70% of the population makes you a minority.

I love how it’s always the liberals and the ACLU to blame for persecuting the poor, poor Christians, and never the bodies of real authority.  What about the judges – the arbiters of the Constitution, which conservatives claim to love more than any Americans ever in the history of always?  How come the judges who keep ruling against the Tim Scott’s of the world are never fingered as culpable for this “persecution”?  After all, if the violators of the separation of church and state weren’t breaking the law, then they’d be winning those lawsuits instead of losing them right and left, and they’d have nothing to worry about from the ACLU with regards to their ability to keep posting sectarian religious propaganda in government buildings.

The obvious truth is that the ACLU and the adjudicators of the law in this country are persecuting people like Tim Scott the same way they “persecute” tax evaders.

(Via Ed Brayton)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • BabyRaptor

    He’s not fit to be a Senator. He’s proven that either A) he’s perfectly willing to lie or B) He’s too stupid to draw basic connections.

  • Custador

    You can’t be a Christian without having an absolute belief that you are persecuted for your faith, a belief that you will absolutely NEVER examine critically and honestly. Really, it’s the most pathetic part of the religio.

    • Middle-aged-grump

      Christians only appear to be happy when they have the illusion that they are being persecuted. It may be because the bible constantly tells them that this will be the case?

  • Apathostic

    The need, no, the absolute biological imperative to emulate their “lord” impels these wingnuts to lie, obfuscate and delude themselves into believing that, just like Jesus, they face martyrdom for their beliefs at the hands of those that would tear down their precious values. Prompted by years of indoctrination, following centuries of near blind devotion, there has been created a victim mentality that will probably never vanish, all prompted by one guy who was persecuted for his insistence on not shutting up. Get off the cross, Tim, someone needs the wood.

  • Brad1990

    “Over the last 17 years of public service, I have seen the concept of faith tested time and time again [mainly by reality]. The greatest minority under assault today are Christians [The priveledged majority are actually the persecuted minority. Orwellian doublethink at it's most doubleplusgood.]. No doubt about it.

    When I was on county council in 1995, I posted the Ten Commandments [in complete violation of the law]. And the ACLU and the folks for separation of church and state all came and attacked [read: sued us for a perfectly legitimate reason] us at Charleston County and said we were wasting taxpayer dollars [because we were].”

    [The amount of bullshit he managed to fit into two short paragraphs is mind boggling.]

  • Andrew Kohler

    Oh, but the judges who rule against the ten commandments are…ACTIVIST JUDGES! We’ve not been hearing that as much lately, but after the Massachusetts marriage case it was all they talked about (late in 2003 up to about 2006). [Note: an "activist judge" is anyone who makes a ruling which is not friendly to Christian bullies, and a "strict originalist" is anyone who thinks the nation's founding document is the Bible.] This even resulted in introduce legislation *to make it illegal to hear court cases* about the “sanctity of marriage” or “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Seriously. See the following from the dark days leading up to Dubya’s reelection (well, the “re-” part is contested):

    108th Congress, HR 3313, The Marriage Protection Act, introduced by the tremendous loser John Hostettler (who said Democrats are attracted to demonizing Christianity like moths to a flame–he had to withdraw those words from the Congressional Record). This actually *passed in the House* but never went to the Senate:

    108th Congress, HR 2028: Pledge Protection Act, introduced by–who else??–Todd “Raped Women Can’t Get Pregnant” Akin. Also passed the House but did not make it to the Senate in the dark days leading up to Dubya’s reelection:

    And people wonder why we’re so “angry.” I’m not sure if there’s been a similar bill for the Ten Commandments, but of course they try to protect this shit (see HR 2045 of the same 108th Congress), but I would hardly be surprised.

    Anyone who votes for legislation like this is unfit to hold office. Period.

    If they are going to insist on posting these mediocre commandments, can’t they at least use Exodus 35 instead of Exodus 20? You know, the new version after Moses had a hissy-fit and broke the first version because of the golden calf thing (oh, and killed thousands of people despite the murder prohibition), which retains only the prohibition on idolatry (of course!) and the Sabbath Day thingy, and then has a bunch of really random and obscure shit, but this is the only time the phrase “ten commandments” is actually used? I’d say that makes it the definitive version. Maybe that should be our next lawsuit? It would still be unconstitutional to have that on the courthouse lawn or in schools, but I say it would be worth it for the laughs.