The curse of political correctness is swamping the West, and is a main feature of the culture wars we find ourselves in. If we had no political correctness, there would be far fewer battles in the culture wars, and perhaps my site would not even exist.
But we do have the PC agenda big time causing maximum damage, so it is part of my job description to report on this and stand against it. And a very big part of the culture wars we find ourselves in involve anti-Christian bigotry. Hatred of all things Christian is driving much of the PC looniness, and is heavily feeding the culture wars.
I have documented hundreds of cases here, and will likely do so for decades to come. Three more – of many – which have just occurred can be mentioned here. The first is just another incredibly idiotic case of PC, while the other two certainly are part of the bigger war against Christianity. And this first case is really stupid indeed:
In another case of school officials adhering to ridiculous zero tolerance policies, a student from South Carolina was suspended and arrested by police recently after writing an imaginative story about using a gun to shoot a dinosaur. The offender, 16-year-old Alex Stone of Summerville High School in a suburb of Charleston was in the course of completing an assignment where students were asked to write something brief about themselves, much like Facebook status updates.
Stone told reporters that he found himself in hot water with teachers for being over imaginative and mentioning the word ‘gun’. “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur, and then, in the next status, I said I bought the gun to take care of the business.” the student said. A 65 million year gap between the story and reality didn’t seem to matter to teachers who immediately suspended Stone for a week, searched his bookbag and locker – finding nothing – and then inexplicably called the police. When the cops paid a visit to the student, he reportedly became “irate”, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, all before the boy’s parents were informed anything was going on.
Mindboggling. My second case is just as dumb, but clearly involves anti-Christian animus. Read it and weep:
Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.” She was “raised up right,” with good manners as they are prone to say around Dyersburg, Tennessee. So it was not out of character for Kendra to say “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed. But that common courtesy landed the 18-year-old in hot water.
Kendra said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.” The school would have us believe that a child telling a classmate “bless you” after a sneeze somehow caused a classroom commotion so severe it warranted a punishment? It’s a good thing Kendra didn’t offer her classmate a tissue.
I guess she would have been on much safer ground if she simply said, “damn you”. And given – as Gary DeMar notes – that the word blessing is found in the US Constitution, what is the beef here? “If the Constitution is OK with ‘godly speaking,’ then so should Kendra’s teacher.”
My last case of appalling anti-Christian bigotry comes at the hands of the militant homosexual lobby. No surprises there. The story runs as follows:
New York farm owners who rent their facilities for birthday parties and wedding ceremonies have been fined thousands of dollars for refusing to host a lesbian wedding. Cynthia and Robert Gifford were fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the lesbian couple after they refused to hold the wedding at their Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, Religion News Service reported.
When Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked the Giffords to use the facility for a 2012 wedding, Mrs. Gifford, a Christian, said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding. Weddings typically are conducted on the first floor of the Giffords’ home, and Mrs. Gifford argued the lesbian wedding would “literally hit too close to home,” RNSreported.
In my new book Dangerous Relations I offer 165 such cases which have taken place over a 30 month period. This is now becoming routine: whenever special rights are granted to homosexuals, everyone else pays a very heavy price. This is especially the case when homosexual marriage is legalised.
Yet incredibly far too many Christians think we shouldn’t be worried about any of this, and we should just concentrate on “gospel” matters. Well, guess what? God’s intentions for human sexuality and marriage and family is a gospel matter.
God’s concern about the slaughter of the unborn is a gospel matter. God’s concern about the persecution of his people is a gospel matter. Even if an individual Christian may not be specifically called to engage in the culture wars, he should nonetheless appreciate those who are called to enter into such battles.
After all, even if they say they are focused on evangelism, it is very hard to evangelise when Christianity increasingly becomes illegal. We see that in places like North Korea and Muslim-majority countries, but more and more we find the West heading in the same direction.
I happen to think that religious freedom is very important, as is freedom of conscience. Those Christians who are either too craven or too clueless to see the importance of being involved in the culture wars and resisting runaway PC, may soon find themselves evangelising stone walls – in their prison cells.
These people dare not presume upon religious freedom in the West. It is disappearing rapidly. That is why I and others have chosen to engage: we will fight the religious freedom battles so that the evangelists and other Christian workers can do their thing. I love how David Limbaugh recently expressed this:
The “tolerant” left has zero tolerance for Christianity, and all Christians and all lovers of liberty would be well advised to be vigilant against this societal assault on Christianity that uses the Constitution as an excuse.
To those Christians who casually dismiss all this as beneath them because they want to focus on evangelizing and not politics, please understand that your ability to evangelize would evaporate in the absence of political freedoms. So if you want to be removed from the fight, I won’t object, but please don’t condemn those who willingly engage in this struggle so that you can continue to focus on evangelism.