Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Think. Don't Believe. Don't Comment.

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This seems to be the direction political correctness is taking American culture. And we are paying a great price, as our freedoms continue to be eroded.

Thomas Sowell has written a column which we have posted under "recommended reading" on the home page of the Faith and Freedom web site titled, "Notional Security". In it he points out how political correctness is undermining our national security with it's "notions."

It is an informative read. I recommend it.

However, political correctness is also greatly undermining our freedom of religious expression. A foundational tenet of our nation.

A recent explosion of words on MSNBC identifies just how unacceptable the idea of public religious expression has become with some.

When Brit Hume made his comment on FOX NEWS about the possibility of Tiger Woods considering Christianity for personal healing and restoration, I knew there would be a negative response. We wrote a blog about it the next morning.

However, I had no idea how far the push back would go. It has created a continuing firestorm of controversy.

The comments directed at Brit Hume, who is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, should be considered by every Christian.

The message goes something like this:

If you publicly suggest that Christianity provides an answer to personal problems, you are "anointing" yourself.

Looking to Jesus Christ and Christianity in your time of need is "hiding behind religion."

Don't tell us about Christianity. Look at all the high profile people who have claimed to be Christians, but have personally failed.

If you personally prefer Christianity over Buddhism, you are denigrating Buddhism.

If you mention Christianity publicly on a Sunday morning political talk show, you are denigrating Christianity.

If you are asked a question, don't answer it honestly unless you are certain the answer is politically correct. Other wise you will pay.

The message seems to be, it's still okay to express yourself inside a building on Saturday or Sunday, but not in public---particularly if you are Christian.

Don't think. Don't believe. At least don't say it out loud.

As many of you know, I have worked in Christian missionary ministry in more than 30 countries---some that were, at the time, under very repressive regimes. The persecution of Christians, that I have personally seen, was always rooted in an extension of this kind of thinking.

Now, take a look at this exchange between Pat Buchanan and MSNBC on the subject.

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. Now that Christians are claiming to be victims, let me add to the list.

    When a Christian employer is not allowed to fire an employee upon discovering that he/she is gay or lesbian, the employer complains about not being allowed to practice his or her religious beliefs.

    Anti-discrimination laws, generally, which forbid adverse treatment on the basis of sexual orientation, are seen as granting "special rights".

    Being gay or lesbian is seen as a "choice". (Never mind that practicing a particular religious belief is also a choice).

    And being gay or lesbian is not condoned by the bible. (But the Bible is surprisingly tolerant of slavery (Genesis 9, Ephesians 6), rape of women (Genesis 19)and polygamy (I Kings 11, I Chronicles 3).)

  2. Hume's freedom of religious expression is under absolutely no threat whatsoever. He brought his religious views into the public arena - as part of his discussion of Tiger Wood's actions- now Hume's actions are being discussed in the public arena. Isn't this what the first amendment is all about? Seems to me Gary's intent is to enforce a different type of PC - one where a Christian like Hume makes a proclamation about someone else and their personal faith and there is no further discussion lest Christians like Gary take offense.

  3. Gays in Washington State are a protected class, that's the law like it or not. It's unfortunate that this occurred, if the employer were truly Christian He/she would not have fired this person, but tried to convert them. It's not the sinner that's found distasteful, it's the sin.

  4. Last time I checked freedom of speech was still a right, and so it is Hume's right to voice his opinion, no matter the firestorm.

  5. 7:30 AM,

    I don't think anyone is disputing Hume's right to say whatever stupid, arrogant thing that pops into his head. It is also everyone else's right to comment on what Hume says - something some seem to think constitutes an imposition on Hume's rights - they are wrong.


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