"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers."
When those words rolled off President Obama’s lips I knew that the religious right would come a runnin’. Ready to defend their insecure brand of Christendom. Prepared to toss our new president to the den of hell. While I understand – but empathically do not agree, why they are so upset, I cannot empathize with their spiritual discomfort and feelings of disrespect.
The United States is a Christian nation. Let’s get that out the way. But, we are a nation that does not completely adhere to the important tenets of the faith such as doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. That’s blatantly obvious. What they, the Christians, would rather do is convince the spiritually destitute that Jesus walked on water. Silly!
The Golden Rule is present in most established religions throughout the world so we are by no means unique. What separates us from most of the world is that we arrogantly boast to other countries that we are the ultimate caretakers of God’s wishes and so called word while degrading the intrinsic values of Islam and other religions of PEACE. It is here, in this God forsaken place where the United States stands in the pit of hypocrisy. Nevertheless, no one should be surprised by my declaration. It is a truth that we have for centuries fought tirelessly to hide from the world through acts of kindness that are/were really efforts to socially, politically, and spiritually cripple other nations e.g. The Brutal Christianization of the Pacific Islands.
So, as the religious henchman (conservative African American pastors) who by the way supported George W. Bush in order to receive faith-based program dollars make every attempt to discredit Mr. Obama I ask, ‘Why in the world are you disturbed by the truth?’ "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. Was the word ‘nonbeliever’ the impetus of your discontent? Yes, that’s what it was.
To be a nonbeliever is a mark of the beast in these accepting United States of America. If you do not believe you are not in the club. That club that gathers each and every Sunday morning during the MOST segregated hour in America. Imagine that. Segregation still prevalent…here. Even in God’s house. No way!
This is the America President Obama inherited. And, now he not only has to protect the United States from relentless terrorists he has to explain to fanatical Christian ministers who are just as dangerous as the 911 high-jackers that the inclusion of nonbelievers is necessary.
The first lesson in seminary:
Jesus loved EVERYONE.
Written by Brian E. Payne. Inspired by the weakness of Christianity: Insecurity.