The Real Threat From The Christian Right In The USA


This is hardly an optimistic way to open a new blog, but I believe this is something that everyone in the United States of America, especially those who are not “Bible-believing Christians” needs to know and take to heart.  This makes my blood run cold.   This threat is real.

Nearly a year ago, I had a very disturbing conversation with a woman aged 30, an immigrant from Kenya.  She is a devout Christian, or rather a follower of the televangelist, John Hagee, a man who claims to be “anointed of God” (whatever that means) and who has a large world wide following.  For my purposes, the rest of the world doesn’t matter right now.  I am concerned with his plans for the United States of America.  He teaches that the USA is a Christian country, not a secular state and always has been.  The separation of church and state is a myth espoused only by secular humanists (atheists, of course) and is not what was intended by the Founding Fathers.  To him and his followers, that means that non-Christians have no right to be here and we can be forced to leave at any time.  This is what this immigrant woman was telling me.  She was serious.   

Of course, traditionally in America, people must be left free to believe whatever they believe, as long as they don’t trample on the rights of others.  This is where the problem lies.  This group believe that others have no rights.  Mr. Hagee has repeatedly invited atheists to leave on the next plane out.  [1]  A big problem here is that he defines anyone who doesn’t believe in God as presented in the Bible as an atheist.  I am making the assumption that most of you reading what I write are Sikhs.   In his book, we are atheists and are welcome to be on the next plane out.  That is unsettling enough, but he goes further.  As I said above, he proclaims that this country, the United States of America, is a Christian country and always has been.  He bases this idea on the “fact” that the Founding Fathers were all Christians, a “fact” that is either an error or an outright lie.  Several of the Founding Fathers, among them Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and co-author of the Bill of Rights and Benjamin Franklin, writer, inventor and first ambassador to France, were Deists.  Deists believe in “the God of Nature,” basically a belief in a Creator that crafted the universe and its natural laws and then did not directly participate in its affairs, including the affairs of humankind.  In fact,

 Most of the Founders were Deists, which is to say they thought the universe had a creator, but that he does not concern himself with the daily lives of humans, and does not directly communicate with humans, either by revelation or by sacred books. They spoke often of God, (Nature’s God or the God of Nature), but this was not the God of the bible. They did not deny that there was a person called Jesus, and praised him for his benevolent teachings, but they flatly denied his divinity. [2]

In addition, several, among them George Washington, the first President, who is much revered among the Christian Right, were Freemasons, a group much-despised by the evangelicals.  This is either lied about or ignored;  it cannot explained away.  Although they are a secret society, today, much can be learned about them from Masonic Sites, such as AskAMason.org.  [3]

All of this is somewhat personal to me.  On both my father’s and my mother’s side, my ancestors came to North America in the 1600s.  Although both of my parents, now deceased,  were Christians, they both came from Deist backgrounds.    In addition, my father was a 32° degree Mason and my mother a member of the  Eastern Star, a women’s auxiliary to the Masons.  As a teenager, I was invited to join either Job’s Daughters or the Rainbow Girls, Masonic organizations for young ladies, but I declined.  I had my own ideas about how I would live and they did not include joining secret societies.  That does not change the fact that my ancestors, many of them non-Christian  helped to build this country, with the intention that people would be free to believe or disbelieve as they chose.

I do not want to wander too far afield here.  My point is that there is a powerful group in this country that wants non-Christians out.  Let me make one thing clear.  Nobody, nobody is going to force me out of my home.  This is my place and and anyone trying to drive me out will have a major bottle on their hands.  I am a fighter and I know how to fight, intellectually, politically, economically and, if need be, physically.  If I choose to leave, then I will go, but I cannot be forced out.   I am tired of fighting, but if it comes to this I will fight.  If they want to compel me to go, they will have to ship out my dead body or my ashes.  I quote one of their favorites, the German Protestant reformer Martin Luther back to them.  “Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.”[4]

Remember, the fundamentalist Christian Right consider all non-Christians, except Jews [5], to be anti-religion, heathens, pagans,  atheists.  Surprisingly, this includes not only the descendants of the founders of the nation, but even those who were here before, the so-called Native Americans, Indians, First Nations.  When I pointed out to the lady I was talking with that they were here first, she shrugged her shoulders.  “If they want to stay, they can be baptized and become Christians.”  She smirked at me.  “So can you.”

[1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=75b1FMzGTB8

[2]http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html

[3]http://askafreemason.org/

[4]http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/martin-luther.html

[5] This is based on a verse in the Hebrew Scriptures where God tells the Jews, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse…”  Gen. 12:3.