Dad on Christians who think they’re oppressed.

Dad has also been hammering people on the Breitbart article.  This is what he had to say:

 The Breitbart article is a propaganda piece written by “senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.” In other words, someone whose job it is to push Christian fundamentalist right wing propaganda and to tear down the wall of church and state separation.

I get angry when Christians in the United States — members of the single most powerful and influential religious group in the country, in the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world — act like beleaguered victims, martyrs being thrown to the lions all over again, whenever anyone criticizes them or they don’t get their way. Christians control all three branches of the Federal government as well as every governorship in the nation, and over 99% of both Houses of Congress.

Only Judeo-Christians have ever sat on the Supreme Court. The only way to convince those in power that they are actually a minority facing discrimination is to lie, lie, lie. With some occasional distortion and misrepresentation thrown in.

How can any reasonable person buy into their complaint that the roughly 75 to 80 percent of Americans who profess allegiance to some denomination or another of Christianity constitute a cruelly oppressed minority? It is pretty well known that there are essentially no atheists in public office because they are unelectable by the Christian majority.

Christians aren’t being pushed anywhere. Christians who think they’re allowed to run roughshod over everyone and everything are finally being told to grow up and act like adults. They don’t like it and are throwing tantrums.

So many of them demand impunity for suppressing the rights of others by dressing it up as their right to do so and squealing intolerance when people suggest it’s not.

So are we really seeing an unprecedented wave of hostility toward Christianity? Or is it, rather, that the waning of the cultural hegemony to which some Christians have come to feel entitled is perceived as an attack? Many of the most loudly trumpeted complaints in this vein are, after all, complaints about the absence of special treatment: no special spot for the Ten Commandments in the courthouse rotunda; no pride of place for Christmas among those happy winter holidays; no exceptions for the Christian charity.

Since “special rights” has been a term of aspersion among conservatives for decades, would-be theocrats have at least the decency to be too ashamed to demand them explicitly. Instead, they’ve learned the power of the victim narrative, of framing the debate to cast themselves as underdogs.

Since the battle is a reactive one against the undifferentiated forces of anti-Christian bigotry, such nice distinctions as that between a business that fails to cater to its customers and an arm of the state adhering to strict neutrality can be dispensed with. More importantly, moderate Christians with no desire to impose their faith on others might be convinced to support a re-Christianization of public life on the premise that they’d only be defending themselves against marauding secularists.

Christians have the most followers of any religion World wide! And in many places where they claim to be victims, especially here in the USA, they more or less run the country and have done so since the beginning. Christians squeal like pigs not when they are being discriminated against, but when they aren’t given special privilege.

When courts block fundamentalist Christians from forcing their religion into public schools and government institutions, religious right leaders cry discrimination and say they’re being victimized. When the scientific community rejects the religious right’s pseudo-scientific ideas about human origins, theocrats complain of unfair treatment and hint darkly of conspiracies, again playing the victim card.

The religious right’s vision is one where an individual’s religious faith allows him or her to run roughshod over the rights of others.

My favorite was “So many of them demand impunity for suppressing the rights of others by dressing it up as their right to do so and squealing intolerance when people suggest it’s not.”  I’ll be using that for damn sure in the future.

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.

  • Lucinda Poe

    What’s your dad’s name? I am saving this for posterity and want to be able to quote him properly in the future (unless he’d prefer to remain anonymous).

    • Feminerd

      John Eberhardt, I believe. He posts under his real name here, so I imagine he doesn’t care that much about being anonymous :)

  • islandbrewer

    John, well done as always. If you don’t mind, I’m going to steal and paste this here and there (with appropriate attribution).

    • John Eberhard

      Thanks. Work out. I’m sure I stole most of it. Usable ideas are made to be stolen. :)

  • Composer 99

    Ka-POW. Hit that homer out of the park.

  • Billy Bob

    JT, your dad is awesome!

  • Melody Hollis

    This is brilliant. Just today I was talking about how Christians use “majority rule” when it suits them, while at the same time claiming that they are being persecuted by the big bad secularists. For instance, A Kentucky high school decided to not allow prayer at graduation this year because six students dissented. The whole community is crying that it’s unfair because the majority are in favor of it, so they should be able to force those few to sit there and take it.

    Yet when it comes to the Collins/Tebow comparisons: “See how persecuted Christians are! No one called Tebow a Hero for standing up for his faith.” Hey, Christians, remember when you were just saying how you are the majority? I don’t think I’ve ever known a “majority” that has suffered so much at the hands of so few.

  • Glodson

    I would say that your dad really crucified them, but they would love that. So I will just say that he tore them apart with rationality and irony.

  • stanz2reason

    Agree with the sentiment and hate to nitpick but it’s not quite 99% christian control of congress. Pew surveys puts the makeup of the 113th closer to around 92-93%, assuming of course that all 530 members were completely honest about their religious affiliation.

  • Andrew Kohler

    This is one of the clearest articulations I have ever read as to the speciousness of claims of Christian persecution in America. I will definitely be saving this one :-) Perhaps my other favorite illustration of this point is the following enactment of what it really would like if atheists were persecuting Christians:

    (The incantations are my favorite.)

    • TKOwens

      That was great–thank you for sharing it.

  • Greg G.

    How can a group of people who claim to believe in the power of prayer ever consider crying persecution? It’s like they don’t really believe it but they want everyone else to believe.

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  • Maine Skeptic

    Damn, but it feels good to hear someone else say all that stuff. Especially after this week, when the Bible crazies tried to stampede the Pentagon.

  • TKOwens

    Atheism is growing and we are becoming more outspoken every single day so perhaps these poor, persecuted Christians see the writing on the wall. (yes, yes, my heart bleeds for them…It is so sad that they can’t …can’t….I’m sorry, what is it that they claim they can’t do ?)

    I wish you had included an image this time–then I could share this terrific piece from Dad with my favorite Atheist group board on Pinterest.

  • Lyfa

    I especially liked the “Christians squeal like pigs not when they are being discriminated against, but when they aren’t given special privilege.” part. I might have to steal that one. Just the right amount of scorn mixed with some sense.

  • wmdkitty

    Dude. Your dad rocks.

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  • wtfwjtd

    Has your dad ever considered blogging? He seems like a natural!