ANTI RELIGION? DEPENDS ON WHOSE OX IS GETTING GORED

The so-called war against Christianity is a bunch of malarkey. For some reason any time there is some public action that can be interpreted as unfavorable to Christianity, there is a huge outcry.

A current case in point is Tim Tebow being so public and outspoken about his faith, and developing a popular gesture where he demonstrates his thanks to his god. Ok, he gets criticism but no one has acted to prohibit him from doing so. A lot of the criticism is based on a belief that such expressions do not require an overt action before thousands of people in the stadium and millions on TV for validation.

Indeed, some other Christian athletes look on Tebow as an exhibitionist and think such displays are ostentatious and unseemly. Some have even cited scripture in support of that view.

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5-6)

That is from the Sermon on the Mount. What better authority can one cite for a Christian view than Jesus himself?

But more broadly than just the Tebow matter, the only religion truly under attack in America is Islam.

The erection of mosques in America has drawn opposition and attempts to legally ban such edifices have occurred in such diverse areas as New York City and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

There have been laws passed to prevent Islamic Shariah law from being applied in any court case though Christian and Jewish canons frequently are given credence in those venues. Such a law in Oklahoma was just overturned by a federal court.

But all you good Christians out there, what would you do if a Muslim player, after a great play or after a winning game, pulled out a prayer rug and bowed down to Allah?

One writer has considered this possibility.

So I ask, what if Tim Tebow were Muslim? How would our society react if during every interview, Tebow said “Insha’Allah” or “Allāhu Akbar” rather than thank his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Or instead of falling to one knee and praying,  Tebow pulled out a prayer rug and faced Mecca?

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/12/what_if_tim_tebow_were_muslim/

I can just imagine the protests from Pat Robertson, the most unchristian man on Christian television, or the wingnuts at FauxNews, always looking to make the Himalayas out of the teeniest molehill.

It is not a show about AllAmerican Christians that has found it difficult to keep sponsors in the wake of right wing Christian churches putting pressure on advertisers. It was All American Muslims that was demonized by Christians because it portrayed Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan as they went about their working lives, had normal interactions at home, and spent time watching their kids play football.

Yet, because it didn’t show any murderous, crazed, Muslim fanatics plotting the destruction of humanity, it was declared to be not representative of the religion.

That’s like saying any depiction of Italian or Irish families in a given location as going about their daily business including Roman Catholic masses was unrepresentative because it didn’t show altar boys being molested by priests.

Nah, there ain’t no anti-Christian movement. We just celebrated that religion’s biggest holiday and it was observed by Muslims and Jews and Buddhists and whatever. I’d say Christianity is doing fine.

Merry Christmas!

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