Democrats’ Anti-Christian Bigotry at Fever Pitch

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When powerful people mercilessly mock Christians, Christians should mock right back.

Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attack on our homeland with commercial airplanes that murdered nearly 3,000 Americans.

Working mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters perished due to the crashes of the planes, the collapse of buildings, or a jump to inevitable death. In the years to follow, thousands of American Military men and women would lose their lives fighting the hateful, savage, religiously-rooted ideology behind the attack.

As noted by former Muslim and brave human rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam needs a reformation, and that reformation has no room for cultivation in the Middle East. If a reformation does not happen in the West, it will not happen at all.

But, curiously, Democrats are not focused on reforming Islam — which would help free and literally save millions of Muslim lives, by the way. No, they have instead set their sights on a different religion: Christianity.

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein, seemingly forgetting religious litmus tests for judicial appointees are forbidden by the U.S. Constitution, told 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern….”

Coney Barrett is a Catholic mother of seven.

That same week, The Daily Signal reported on a Christian baker from Colorado, Jack Phillips, whom a government official disturbingly compared to a World War II Nazi for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding on religious grounds.

Phillips’ father fought against Nazis during WWII and told the store owner of the atrocities he witnessed first-hand. Phillips was devastated by such slander, openly tearing up as he discussed it with Signal reporter Kelsey Harkness.

Phillips has received no apology from the government official and the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is now set to be heard before the Supreme Court.

A more anecdotal and cultural example took place this week when left-wing Executive Producer of The Big Bang Theory Bill Prady refused to condemn Islamic honor killings out of hand, stating, “I don’t have enough education on the topic to respond.”

Mind you, this refusal to condemn honor killings took place in the same conversation in which the Hollywood bigwig was ripping Christian “bigots” for their stance on abortion.

In other words, Christians expressing their views on abortion can be readily condemned as bigots, while more “education” is needed before one should condemn the practice of Islamist fundamentalists murdering innocent girls for the crime of having been raped.

The mockery of Christians and Christianity is not only socially acceptable, it’s chic, and a way of staying on the good side of the powerful.

So, why are we seeing this heightened anti-Christian bigotry? The answer is simple, and two-fold.

First, Islam cannot be criticized out of fear of being branded an Islamophobe, so what we’re seeing is projection on to Christianity, a religion held by God-fearing people who won’t cut off your head for an offensive cartoon. And, more disturbingly, Leftists are creating a false moral equivalence between modern Islamists and “extreme” Christians. Mohammed throwing gays off roofs is no different than that Christian baker in Colorado refusing to service a gay wedding on religious grounds, you see.

Former President Barack Obama used a variation of that double standard at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast (what a fitting venue, Mr. President), recalling the Christian Crusades some 1,000 years ago and comparing them to the violent jihad of current Islamists.

“Lest we get on our high horse,” said Obama.

Second, the LGBT lobby in America is not satisfied with the legalization of gay marriage. They are hellbent on destroying any religious person (aside from Muslims) in their path. Christian bakers now have targets on their backs, as do Christian florists and photographers. Parents are also subject to steamrolling on transgender issues via the public school system and even private schools. As explained by The Federalists’ Bethany Mandel, you— Christians — will be made to care.

There is only one way to respond to such anti-Christian bigotry, and that’s to unapologetically fight back.

Do not be timid about your religious beliefs. State them openly and often. Never concede policy ground. Instead of sitting back on your heels in a defensive stance, lean forward and demand legislative changes to promote religious liberty.

And, most importantly, mock anti-Christian bigotry. They don’t take kindly to mockery.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Amanda Prestigiacomo is a writer at The Daily Wire. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaPresto.

18 Comments

  1. Until you see the real root of these problems however, we will only be chopping at a hydra whose heads keep growing back.

    Things like AIPAC, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc. cut more fundamentally to the power structure that needs to be confronted in America.

  2. Quite simply, this is unhinged.
    1. Just because a Democrat said something you disagree with does not mean that all Democrats support that.
    2. Are you seriously arguing that because the situation with Feinstein and Durbin happened, that means that Democrats are not addressing issues of terrorism? How exactly have you determined that correlation? How is one remotely connected with the other? This is childish reasoning.
    3. “And, more disturbingly, Leftists are creating a false moral equivalence between modern Islamists and “extreme” Christians. Mohammed throwing gays off roofs is no different than that Christian baker in Colorado refusing to service a gay wedding on religious grounds, you see.” The only person who is saying this is you. Who exactly has said this? Are you just making things up?
    4. While I am well aware the entire point of this website is to spread hatred about people who are not conservatives, a few (basic) historical facts about President Obama: he authorized the killing of bin Laden; he engaged in a (legally questionable) drone campaign targeting suspected terrorists; he prosecuted two wars in the Middle East dominated by issues of terrorism for his entire tenure in office. None of that means he was successful, but the idea that President Obama was not addressing the threat of terrorism from the Middle East and southwest Asia is patently absurd. If you’re concerned with facts.
    5. “Islam needs a reformation, and that reformation has no room for cultivation in the Middle East.”
    This is a mind-boggling statement, literally shoved in the middle of a sentence with no attribution or evidence. Are you actually claiming that people who are Islamic in the Middle East are incapable of addressing the issue?
    6. Here’s how the Middle East is incapable of addressing the issue with ISIS. There are 5.1 million Syrian refugees. Turkey has taken on 3.1 million; Lebanon 1 million; Jordan 650,000; Iraq (!) a quarter million. The countries that have sent the actual boots on the ground to fight ISIS include Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Turkey, among others in the region. Meanwhile, in the West, which is supposedly the only place capable of solving these issues if it weren’t for the darn Democrats, your website has said that the US should not take in refugees in the region. President Trump is not doing much of anything to address the situation with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong, it simply illustrates how wrong your thesis is. It turns out that the Middle East is almost totally shouldering the burden of dealing with ISIS, while YOUR OWN WEBSITE is claiming the West should not have a role in this. Yet, you claim the Middle East can’t do it, and only the West can.
    7. Islam is not a monolithic religion, and the beliefs of people who are Muslim are not decided by you. You bring up the trite example of honor killings as an example of an Islamic belief. Yet, there are tons of Islamic scholars who flat-out disagree with you. Why are you the decision-maker on issues of faith for people who are Islamic? What are your qualifications?
    8. Perhaps you missed what happened when the US tried to socially engineer Iraq. History matters. al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia wasn’t a thing until the US created a Shiite-dominated society and installed a corrupt Nouri al-Maliki is prime minister. Perhaps we aren’t the most qualified people to reform society in the Middle East?
    9. Since you’re so concerned about the Democrats’ response to Islam, it’s rather telling of your biases that you haven’t mentioned the speech Donald Trump gave on the topic of Islam during his visit to Saudi Arabia, during which he claimed the primary threat the world is facing comes from Shiite Islam (i.e. Iran). The irony in this is magnificent: the speech came in the country that actively spreads Wahhabi Islam throughout the region, the same strain of Islam that led to the 9/11 attacks. All the terrorist groups the US is concerned about or fighting are Sunni. As I already mentioned, the people on the ground fighting ISIS are majority Shiite. Yet, the President positioned the US as opposing the Shiites. Can you please explain why this is an appropriate strategy to reform Islam, since you are so concerned about our politicians doing so?
    10. I can’t reiterate enough: it is striking how you have totally dismissed the self-determination of millions of people. The idea that only we (Christians? Americans?) are capable of building and creating societies speaks to some very disturbing ideas that you hold that ignore basic history. What, exactly, was happening in these regions of the world before Western nations decided to colonize them and draw random borders? Shall we just ignore the civilizations of Mesopotamia? The Ottoman Empire? The completely functioning and peaceful Iran before the CIA ushered the Shah back into power? I firmly stand opposed to such concepts tinged with such xenophobia and racism.

    • well you certainly avoided the actual words of the column.

      on the other hand, you were very successful in creating straw men and then knocking them down.

    • “[ . . . ] 4. While I am well aware the entire point of this website is to spread hatred [ . . . ]”
      Ryan – if you are hoping to have others give your writing an honest go, I suggest you put this sort of thing at the END of your shtick.

    • “5. “Islam needs a reformation, and that reformation has no room for cultivation in the Middle East.”
      This is a mind-boggling statement, literally shoved in the middle of a sentence with no attribution or evidence. Are you actually claiming that people who are Islamic in the Middle East are incapable of addressing the issue?”

      Well, it hasn’t been addressed. It isn’t happening. Taking up arms against your co-religionists (your #6) isn’t really a “reformation” of Islam, is it?

    • “While I am well aware the entire point of this website is to spread hatred about people who are not conservatives…”
      Let’s be honest: anyone who writes such a thought on a Catholic site can command no credibility. All the rest of your deranged screed is equally bigoted and invalid. In fact, I could not find one, single truthful statement in your entire, hysterical manifesto. Get some help, man!

  3. I would like to pose a few questions to the author:

    – If the people of the Middle East are incapable of creating and maintaining societies, what qualifications does “the West” have to create societies in the Middle East?

    – What ingredients are people of the Middle East lacking that makes them incapable of forming and maintaining societies on their own, and how have you determined this?  Your bio says you write for the Daily Wire; are you also a researcher of anthropology in the Middle East?

    – Do all people possess the innate ability to build and participate in democratic societies, or only people in certain geographic regions of the world?

    – Why does the long legacy of destructive colonization and forced nation-building in the 20th and 21st centuries by Western nations in the Middle East not factor into this concept?

    – Why is the current US approach of aligning against the Shiite Muslim world the best approach?

    – What scholarly basis have you used to apply one sect’s interpretation of Islam to all Muslims?

    • “– If the people of the Middle East are incapable of creating and maintaining societies, what qualifications does “the West” have to create societies in the Middle East?”

      Well, Western societies would be evidence of those qualifications. Women can vote, gay people are not pitched from rooftops. etc. That kind of thing.

  4. Look Amanda, you seem young, but I’m sure you’re a good kid, and I understand if you’re still finding your voice. If anything, I wish someone at CV edited this piece before it was posted.
    I appreciate your attempt at “mockery.” I know it’s tough for a conservative. However, it’s impossible to pull off the kind of humor you’re attempting, when you’re simultaneously expressing so much anger. It seems like you didn’t know what kind of piece you wanted to write, so you tried to do both, which didn’t work.
    And what’s this? “They don’t take kindly to mockery”??? I assume you mean liberals, which is weird, because we all LOVE mockery! All the best political satirists are liberal. Every now and then another right-winger tries to do comedy and fails because he or she doesn’t understand how comedy works.
    Honestly, I’m not sure why you decided to write this piece. I’d more readily believe you to be earnest about anti-religious bigotry if you weren’t so eager to trash a quarter of the world’s population based on their religion.
    Your white savior complex vis a vis Muslims reminds me of that Barbie Savior Instagram page. Have you seen that? It’s pretty funny. You might relate to it, even if you don’t get the humor. It’s satirical.

  5. Though we should certainly, and unapologetically not only defend our own beliefs, but call others out for the flaws in their arguments against us, “mocking back” is not only going to win us no friends but is quite specifically anti-Christian. The Truth is on our side; we have no need to mock, merely to tell the truth in a straightforward, unapologetic manner. About the most apologetic we should get is along the lines of, “this is going to offend some of you, because sometimes the truth hurts; I hope you’re adult enough to handle it.”

    Christ is the Life, the Way, and the Truth. Let us never be ashamed or apologetic about the Truth.

  6. Congrats on your new position, Stephen. I’m so glad you’re trying to instill more civility in your writing staff. Do you need my help editing some of these pieces before they get published? I don’t mind. You’re better than this.

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      AP,

      I’ve just reviewed your comments on this site. You’ve commented on most of this year’s posts, and your opinion of our work is consistently negative.

      Since CatholicVote is clearly not a site that you enjoy or benefit from, I don’t think this is a constructive relationship.

      Goodbye, AP.

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