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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Is there any truth to the Catholic Church’s complaint that America is becoming less tolerant of Christians? Michael Kinsley investigates in his new column, Catholic Bishops Issue Hollow Plea For Sympathy:

The Catholic Church feels oppressed. As reported in the New York Times, this week’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was a big pity party.

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  • kurt.lorentzen

    I believe that the general attitude toward Christians in the US has changed. Not so much in the sense that the Archbishop seems to allude to, but you can’t deny the shift in policy. If practically everyone in the country is a Christian, then why is it increasingly more difficult to place articles of faith (Christmas trees, artistic renderings of the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments, etc. anywhere but at home or a church? Just a few years ago these rights were never questioned. Why is it not permitted to pray at school? Say “Merry Christmas” as an employee of an American company (That silliness has subsided to a great extent)? Why do Airports put in “feet washing stations” for Muslims, but not permit Christmas trees during the traditional Christian celebration of their faith?
    On the other hand, “Christians” seem to have become a lofty group. No, not the Catholics or most mainstream organized Christian sects, but “those” Christians – the ones who don’t think Catholics are Christians. The ones who are so sure they have made it to Heaven that they can berate other, lesser Christians for not believing exactly as they do. In that respect, Christians have brought lack of respect upon themselves (and they don’t care – they are, after all, on the only true road to Heaven). Now of course that’s a stereotype, but stereotypes have their bases. The Puritans left Europe because of the lack of religious tolerance and then proceeded to erect a society even more intolerant than their persecutors. As we enter the season of Christmas and Hanukkah, we ought to remember that in the US we all have the right to believe or not believe according our own convictions. If a guest in my home wants to pray at my table, they are welcome.

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