Rhetoric gets pretty heated here in the States every now and then. One side accuses the other side of betraying America’s founding principles and being brainwashed by religious beliefs, and the other side accuses the first side of the same.
But we’re not at the point where a civil court is sentencing someone to death for apostasy.
So while the country is headed for a fiscal disaster, we disagree bitterly over abortion and marriage, and we face the unimaginable specter of a fall without NFL football, let’s all (that means you folks who disagree bitterly with me on the aforementioned issues) take a deep breath and recognize that we still live in an amazing country that, though it has warts and black marks on its history, has been and remains the model of personal liberty and the greatest guarantor of individual empowerment the world has ever known.
Unless you think instant replay has any place in baseball. In that case: burn, heretic.
But in seriousness, remember that in other places some people face serious persecution, imprisonment, and even death, for proclaiming the Faith. We need to pray for those who face persecution, do what we can to encourage the spread of religious liberty (or “tolerance,” if that word means more to you). After all: the 20th century was bloodier for followers of Christ than the 19 preceding centuries, and there is no reason to believe the 21st century will see that trend slow.