"Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world." So asserted German Chancellor Angela Merkel late last year, causing a stir. Merkel echoed a concern expressed by then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who warned in a 2011 speech that Christians face a "particularly wicked program of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing." -Kirsten Powers
A new poll by Gallup finds that 77% of American adults identify themselves as Christian. "The United States remains a largely Christian nation," reports Gallup. "More than nine in 10 Americans who have a religious identity are affiliated with a Christian religion."
Liberal, Hate, Incompetence, Character, Narrative, Oops, Smears, Education, Academia, Tolerance, Stereotyping, Ignorance, Bigotry
“The right wing evangelical community... these are the people who get happy on television every time there is a conflict in the Middle East,” he said. “They think that the book of revelation tells them that the messiah...the Christian messiah, Jesus is going to come...all we need is a war in the Middle East involving Israel and the Arabs.” -Richard Dekmejian, professor at the University of Southern California
Liberal, Character, Narrative, Religion
BOSTON (AP) - A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. The study released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity. The Northeast, with lower religious participation, was the least generous to charities, with the six New England states filling the last six slots among the 50 states.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Guns, Tolerance
The Family Research Council, a pro-Christian nonprofit, was named a hate group in 2010 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with such groups at the Ku Klux Klan, for its “anti-gay” positions... The suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News. WJLA-TV7 reported the suspect was also shot. Authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism.
Liberal, Hate, Degeneracy, Narrative, Smears
Chris Matthews determined that Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner could be in danger of being forced out of Congress by Blue Dog Dems who face uphill battles in red states because, as he put it, "people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian conservative culturally - you can say backward if you want...don't like this kind of stuff."
Liberal, Press, Tolerance, Stereotyping
Another example comes from Roger Mudd on National Public Television, on a special on religious liberty (of all things). An historian explained to Mudd that James Madison’s fight against religious establishment in Virginia depended on the support of large numbers of evangelical Protestants. Mudd responded: "That’s really an interesting political alliance ... to have enlightened men of reason tied in with the evangelicals." -Douglas Laycock
If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Press, Media, Bias
BBC director-general Mark Thompson has claimed Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity than other religions because it is ‘pretty broad shouldered’. He suggested other faiths have a ‘very close identity with ethnic minorities’, and were therefore covered in a far more careful way by broadcasters.
Hate, Smears, Tolerance, Bigotry
"Christianity is a religion for losers" -Ted Turner
Liberal, Hate, Press
Although he later made it clear he was joking, CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel said Sunday, "If [Tim] Tebow had more class he’d just kill dogs or get drunk and run over somebody and maybe end their life." Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Doyel also said of the Denver Broncos quarterback, "He's got a lot of nerve talking about some higher power in his life"
Liberal, Oops, Academia
The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
The definition was listed in a document called, “The Principles of Community.” It defined “Religious/Spiritual Discrimination” as “The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture’s religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian.”
Liberal, Hate, Brilliance, Oops, Smears, Ignorance
On Monday, liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes ripped into the South, including a wish that it would secede again. She played clips of HBO interviews of Southerners done for Bill Maher and complained "Bobby Jindal even converted from Hinduism -- Nikki Haley, too -- in order to be acceptable to the conservative South in Louisiana and uh -- [about a five second pause] Georgia! I mean, that is crazy that in order to be acceptable to the party you have to, you know, pretend that you've given up your religion!" Haley is governor of South Carolina, not Georgia, and her family are Sikh, not Hindu. Jindal converted to Catholicism in high school, so it's a little tough to argue it was all political calculation.
Liberal, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Academia, Elitism, Religion, Stereotyping, Ignorance
If you want to understand how evangelicals conceive of their political life, you need to understand how they think about God... As I listened in church and participated in prayer groups, I saw that when people prayed, they imagined themselves in conversation with God... But the good news for secular liberals is that evangelicals are smarter and more varied than many liberals realize. I met doctors, scientists and professors at the churches where I studied.