Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Turning Water Into Whine

When I saw that there's to be a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., this week on "Christian Persecution," I leapt to the conclusion that panel members would be talking about the SouthDakotaization of America, about Christian theocrats persecuting women and gays in particular, or about Franklin Graham persecuting Moslems. But no! This is a panel discussion about how horribly Christians are THEMSELVES being persecuted in the United States of America, which is, after all, only 90 percent Christian. That other 10 percent is just completely ruining life and the pursuit of happiness for everyone else.

Well, it IS the "War on Christians" conference, I realized, a chance for right-wing Republicans who exploit religion for political gain to whine about how they can't have their way (yet) in forcing women to have children against their will, or in discriminating against people because they're g.a.y., or in forcing American science and science education to veer to the numbskull right for the sake of appearances.

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