Tonight Bill O’Reilly spent a great deal of his show addressing Rick Santorum’s remarks about JFK making him (Rick) want to throw up. The remarks of both men were heard and then O’Reilly deferred to Ronald Reagan. While saying that Santorum had gone too far, O’Reilly pretty much said that there was a war on people of faith.
Frankly, as a ‘people of faith,’ I have never felt a war on my faith. What I have felt is people of other faiths trying to shove theirs down my throat, from knocks at the door, to having to say someone’s prayer in public meetings, or listen to lectures from others about who would and would not get to the promised land. I have been questioned about my right to call myself a Christian.
Yes, I feel under attack. I shouldn’t have to do any of those things. I prefer a secular world outside of my church. I feel that I go to my church to learn, worship, restore and commune. What I bring out is behavior that is reflective of my faith. I should treat others as I would like to be treated. I watch Elena live her faith. As you all know, we are of different faiths. Yet she and I have more in common than I do with many other Christians. I was raised that my religion was not to be shouted about. To do so was to show off.
So I don’t feel the war. How is war declared on Christians? I don’t want the recent flap on contraception as part of an answer. That just becomes circular talk. Let’s find some other examples. How about wars on other faiths? When did it start? Was Madalyn Murray O’Hare the beginning or did her efforts free us up from other people’s religion? I would very much like to hear how the secular world has declared war.