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Thursday, March 30, 2006

All's fair in (where's the) love (?) and war (on Christianity)...

Hey - did you know there's a war being waged? And no, I'm not talking about the our country's dubious presence in the Middle East. According to Rick Scarborough, there's an all-out war on Christians going on in America and he's rallying the troops, readying them for combat. Since I somehow missed the red alert, I'm glad someone's taking charge. (That's sarcasm people!)

CampusProgress has the skinny on Scarborough's offensive and is reporting via their blog: Undercover at the "War on Christians" conference. Here's a taste:

A month or so after CPAC, I thought I could handle Vision America's "The War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006" conference this week in Washington, DC. As a Christian myself, I've never felt as thought war is being waged against me and my religion (although I can think of a few religions Christians have been attacking recently...) so curiosity got the best of me--I agreed to undercover blog again for Campus Progress.

I just got out of the winningly titled panel on homosexuality and Christianity: "The Gay Agenda: America Won't Be Happy." Ominous but ambiguous, no? A perfect gimmick to get people in.

The report goes on to detail the misinformation and scare tactics that are so much a part of the sky-is-falling, circle-the-wagons rhetoric employed by fundamentalists of any stripe.

A year or so ago I wouldn't have thought much about this other than pass to it off as appalling, patently ridiculous and an embarrassing misrepresentation of Christianity. But as recent politics have shown, these people are seriously dedicated to "Restoring the Original American Vision" and putting a stop to "activist judges" (their own words). Who can resist those snazzy catch-phrases, even if they are ambiguous generalizations at best? I mean, with a book entitled "Liberalism Kills Kids" being touted as a "must read" on their front page, who wouldn't give them serious consideration? It's hard for me to fathom, but there are a lot of Americans who do and for some reason I find that frightening.

Other blogs commenting on the "war":
DefCon
The Wall of Separation
Media Matters

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