Sunday, January 4, 2015
Islam or Christianity: Which is the greatest threat to United States’ freedom?
A friend and fellow anti-theist from Canada posed this question to me the other day:
“… when I first made your acquaintance, your frustration with American ‘Christians’ gave you cause to discount my warnings about Islam … I put to you back then and I put again to you now that one ‘moderate’ individual holding fast to Islam is exponentially more dangerous than 50 Scalias + 50 Pat Robertsons + 50 Rick Santorums put together.”
My reply to him is as follows. See if you agree:
I do not need convincing of the threat Islam represents to Europe and potentially the US. However, Europe is not the US. We have people here, Christians, who are distorting our Constitution for religious purposes … people at the highest levels of the Judiciary and Legislative Branches that hold first allegiance to their God and Bible and second to the Constitution.
Laws are being passed in states making official prayer days; a Supreme Court decision declared corporations have religious rights- just like individuals- that permit them to refuse providing contraception coverage to their employees; Justice Thomas of the Supreme Court says he believes the states are allowed to set up their own state religions. There are tons more such examples of religious activism at state levels. All are frightening.
Add to that a 20-25% vocal and armed minority of fundamentalist Right Wing Christian extremist nutters, FOX News devotees one and all, largely itching for a reason to instigate armed rebellion, and the danger of fundamentalist Christian fanaticism to this nation becomes magnified exponentially.
We have 0.8% Muslims in the US. Compare that to the UK at almost 5%, France at 10% and other European nations in high single or low double digits. They are nations who have largely thrown off Xtian fanaticism. Their greatest threat now is the growing Muslim population that seeks not to assimilate but to displace European culture. But, the US is still THE focal point of Christian fanaticism in the Industrialized World. We still have to battle that which has already been largely defeated overseas. That is a fact, pure and simple.
SO… while I appreciate the threat that is Islam to the US and the world as a whole, the clear and MOST PRESENT danger to the US are far Right Christian fanatics, of whom there are five on our Supreme Court appointed for life, dozens more in elected positions, millions roaming the streets.
Speaking as an American and with all due respect to your knowledge of my country - the threat of a Christian controlled Executive branch, coupled with the Legislative and Judicial branches that they currently control is the greatest danger to secular freedoms in the United States, at least for the immediate future.
I held that position when we first met ... I maintain it now.