We Need a Truce!

The Fox News Channel is losing me — I hate being proselytized by Christians, and I am starting to dread Fox the way I fear the Bible-Thumpers who ring my doorbell.

Clue, Fox: Not all Conservative/Libertarians are devout Christians who want a new incarnation of Jimmy Swaggart!

Stick with the news. There are plenty of religious channels!

On that subject I have un friended my second Facebook friend — one I have known for 35 years — over her constant religious postings of devotional posters. When it was one or two a day, that was acceptable, but when it constantly was upward of 10 — I gave up.

There is a constant cry from some Christians that they are being persecuted by Atheists who demand an unreasonable separation of Church and state, and in this the Christians are absolutely correct. While this is not a Christian nation, it was certainly founded by devout Christians, and if not Christianity per se that our laws are based upon, certainly it was religious morals.

To understand at least Thomas Jefferson’s beliefs, one need only order the “Jefferson Bible” from amazon.com (as I have). Jefferson personally cut and pasted the moral lessons of Jesus — but without the miracles and other superstitions. He pasted the parables, side by side in English, Greek, and Latin.

Those “Christian” morals were universal before Christ. They were part and parcel of the ancient Jews, and are the moral basis of all religions — they are universal rules to live side-by-side.

All Moral people abide by those Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule — people with no religion at all use those same concepts — because they work, and not because some Middle Eastern Sky God commands it!

But, there is now as much pushing Christianity among Conservative groups as there is bashing Christianity among so-called “Secular Humanist liberals.”

I wish everyone would simply stand back and take a deep breath. I don’t want crosses removed fro their historic sites, and I do not want Christianity pushed by Fox News in general and Bill O’Reilly in particular.

We need a truce.

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2 Responses

  1. Alan,

    I totally agree with you but for different reasons. I am a “Believer” but that in no way gives me the right to force my beliefs onto any other human including my children. What bothers me is that the Conservative Christian Right feels they have the moral authority to tell me how to live, raise my children, decide who can marry who and who to vote for. Those are private decisions that I am allowed to make on my own and folks like Laura Ingram or Sean Hannity have no right to use the idea of religion to force political change. That is what this country was formed to prevent and we have lost sight of that. I call those folks the American Taliban.

    About your friend that you unfriended on facebook. You have much more patience than I do or would. I am not on facebook for exactly that reason. I think we are all preached at too much already without subjecting ourselves to more emotional religious terrorism. It took me a long time to find my happy place with my religion and I have no desire to have it invaded by those who think they are more blessed than I am. Jesus talked about those who notice the speck in a friends eye while missing the plank in their own eye. I say don’t throw rocks when you live in a glass house. Either way, I keep my mouth shut and let others live their life however they choose. I got enough personal problems that are yet unsolved.

  2. I think that O’Reilly and the rest of Fox News are reacting to secular liberals. The seculars are driven to remove all religious references from our way of life. To wit: removing c-h-r-i-s-t from Christmas and replacing it with Winter Solstice Holiday or something similar. Fifty years ago, they tried XMAS and failed.

    Schools, local governments, and retail stores go along with these seculars because they want to be politically correct. Many of them are returning to traditional observances.

    We don’t see, except for certain Muslim factions, conflicts between the major religions of the world. We don’t see Christians attacking Jews or vice versa. All major religions trace their beginnings to Abraham so, in effect, they’re mostly just the same.

    There’s no reason for one group of people to bash another group because of what they believe and the way they were raised. If you choose not to believe in Christ or even God, that’s your choice. You still can be my friend because you act in a moral way.

    When the seculars get tired of trying to change the rest of us, Fox News will stop their counter punch.

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