I’m a Christian. As such, I’ve read the Bible. I seem to remember the parts where Christians were persecuted as having lions. And whippings. And murders. Whenever I read things like this, I feel like the true martyrs of my faith are being insulted. And I wonder where I can get me some lions–because last time I checked, it’s us fags who are getting beaten and murdered, not the Christians.
History warns us that when large religious groups start imagining themselves to be oppressed by a pernicious and cunning minority, bad things can happen. So it was with a growing sourness in my stomach that I watched the luminaries of the Christian right take the stage at a Tennessee â€œmegachurchâ€ Sunday evening for â€œJustice Sunday II.â€
The ostensible purpose of the gathering (which I watched via webcast) was to muster support for the Bush administrationâ€™s judicial appointees — especially but not exclusively Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. But as speaker after speaker hammered on the theme of oppression of Christians by a shadowy liberal establishment, it became clear that, like many of the sermons, books, and articles written by leaders of the Christian right, the real purpose of â€œJustice Sunday IIâ€ was to reinforce a sense of victimhood among the broadest possible swath of American Christians.
Read the whole piece, cue the ominous music.