Conservative radio host Dana Loesch spewed religious nonsense during the religious freedom panel at CPAC. According to her line of thinking, Christianity, slipping from its pedestal of privilege, is the same as Christians being oppressed for their faith. It’s so terrible that she wants a new law in place, designating Christians a protected class.
I feel like it’s time to make Christians a protected class. Because this is really, ultimately, this is a discussion of protected classes as well, because you seem to have Group A, who is offended if you worship Jesus, you have Group B who is offended if you want to hand out a bible, and ’cause people apparently, you have a right to get litigious if you’re offended, but it seems as though we need to have the discussion about making Christians a protected class.
First off, she’s completely wrong about the idea that this all over “offense.” It’s about two things. The first is equality, to which the Christian mentality seems to be, “Everyone is equal, but we’re the most equal.” The other is this idea that people only sue because they’re offended. The truth is that the lawsuits against Christians that have actually gone anywhere are the ones where Christians were breaking the law in some way, and using their faith to justify it.
She also utterly fails to understand why we have protected classes, and that Christians are already a protected class. Protected classes are classes of people protected from discrimination and harassment. Under federal law, we cannot discriminate against people because of their religion. What Loesch wants is a legal definition that applies only to Christians, which says their religion places them above the law.
We also have to ask these questions: Where, exactly, in American history, were Christians considered less than a whole person because of their faith? When, exactly, were Christians unable to vote because of their faith? When, exactly, were Christians paid less because of their faith? When, exactly, were Christians subjected to laws that prohibited them from marrying who they wanted, because of their faith? In all of American history, when did Christians experience any oppression because of their faith?
Then there’s another, very important question: How, exactly, are Christians being oppressed now? Are Christians losing their jobs simply because they’re Christian (which is illegal), or are the few high-profile Christians who’ve allegedly been fired for their faith actually people whose controversial statements reflected badly on their organizations? There’s a difference there.
Are boycotts of companies that endorse Christian bigotry oppression? Or is this kind of thing simply groups of people expressing their disagreement with a company’s position via their wallets? Do we not have the freedom to do that if the company is expressing Christian bigotry? Would anybody call the bus boycotts back during the Civil Rights Movement oppression?
The Ten Commandments sits on public property in several states. Do lists of the basic tenets of other faiths sit on public property? No. Just the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments. Other groups, like the Satanic Temple, have fought to put statues on public land, and met considerable resistance for the idea.
We currently have court battles going on over marriage equality, with overwhelmingly Christian opponents crying that legalizing same-sex marriage violates their faith and religious freedom. When have they had to go to court, repeatedly, to fight for equality?
When Christians can give concrete examples of these things happening to them, but not to others, then they can fight for becoming a protected class outside of already-existing religious protection. Until then, our hearts bleed pink carbonated peanut butter for their plight.
This whole idea didn’t stop with Loesch’s initial insanity, though. She, Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, and columnist Cal Thomas, all agree that Christians should wear this horrible persecution like a badge of honor.
Watch her totally oblivious remarks here:
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