US Christians Demand Religious Freedom…

for everyone!

I have long said that Christian are at our best when we are advocating for the rights, liberties, fair treatment of others.  I suppose I am willing to allege that this is true for everyone, not only for Christians.  But I especially want Christians to own it.

I think it represents Jesus far better than getting all whiney about our own rights, liberties, or fair treatment.

To be fair, people can advocate for their own rights, etc., without being whiney.  This is just my opinion: but US Christians seem to go whiney awfully quickly if we feel our rights, etc. threatened.

Just look at all the fuss we’ve been making over the persecution of Christians around the world lately.  I believe we would make a better case AGAINST persecution of Christians and FOR following Jesus if we opposed all religious persecution.

Speaking of which, I don’t know if you noticed, but a case of religious freedom was argued before the US Supreme Court yesterday. Samantha Elauf was 17 when she applied to work at an Abercrombie and Fitch store.  She was rated as a very good candidate.  Her rating dropped when management found out she wore a hajib – a traditional headcovering worn by some Muslims.  This dropped her rating enough that she wasn’t hired.

I don’t know how the case will come out.  The report I heard indicated that most of the Justices, in oral arguments, sounded like they leaned in her favor.

I have heard Christians lament about not being allowed to wear cross necklaces to work; shouldn’t we be just as concerned for the religious liberty of others?

Is it really that bad?

We laughed really hard at this sketch from last Saturday’s SNL:

On a related note, A letter to the editor in our local paper today referred to Tim Tebow being “persecuted by the mainstream media” for his Christian faith.  RagingRev blogged about this yesterday, and I’ll have to agree with him.

There seems to be a fair amount of whining about how bad the media is treating Tebow, but, as Rachel said this morning, “I’m hearing a lot more about how bad the press is than actually hearing the press pick on him.”

Come one, American Christians; having someone comment, or even make fun of, your faith is not persecution.  Getting arested, jailed, beaten, or killed for your faith – now that is persecution.

Perhaps the SNL folks have hit on something with their take on “white people problems.”  Or maybe they need to do a skit called “American Christian problems.”