January 2006 – According to Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, some Christians should not have a place at the political table. In a speech given in November, Mr. Foxman said: “Make no mistake: we are facing an emerging Christian Right leadership that intends to ‘Christianize’ all aspects of American life, from the halls of government to the libraries, to the movies, to recording studios, to the playing fields and locker rooms of professional, collegiate and amateur sports, from the military to SpongeBob SquarePants.”
He is further upset because Christian conservatives have joined together in a coalition called The Arlington Group to make their voice more effective.
He urged his listeners, “Just take a look at their Web sites, where they document in considerable detail an agenda on a wide range of issues: judicial nominations, same-sex marriage, and faith-based issues – and an agenda that, let us be clear, goes well beyond legitimate engagement in controversial social and political issues to a fundamental usurpation of all that America represents … . ”
Mr. Foxman says society must not tolerate an attempt to subvert that right of belief and practice by those who say that their job is to “reclaim America for Christ.”
In short, what Mr. Foxman is saying is that Christian conservatives should not be allowed to participate in the political process, express dissatisfaction with the obscenity coming out of Hollywood and the networks, oppose homosexual marriage, abortion, etc. He is very upset that conservative Christians are working for the values they believe in, are encouraging people to register and vote and urging them to complain about the decline in morality.
I guess Mr. Foxman would be happy if we conservative Christians would simply stay in our church buildings and keep out mouths shut.
People of faith – whatever their faith – have found America to be the safest place in which to live in all of history. America didn’t achieve that result by the efforts of those who are pushing abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, pornography and a dumbed-down educational system.
America’s religious freedom came from those who knew that freedom was given by God. And it should be made available to all – even to those with whom we do not agree.
We conservative Christians are willing to help preserve that freedom for Mr. Foxman and his cohorts. We are even willing to die, if necessary, to protect that freedom. Our only request is that we be allowed to participate in the system, to have a place at the table along with the other groups – including the Anti-Defamation League.
He went on to say, “As we watched the election of 2004, and we are now getting glimpses into elections of 2006 and 2008, we are beginning to see the candidates – some declared, some not declared – beginning to move on these issues in a direction that is not in our direction.”
Because we are not moving in the direction he desires, he wants to exclude us from the process. Mr. Foxman, democracy doesn’t work that way.