So, you're a faltering institution and you have a few more problems. Unlike corporate entities you can't change your product. Well, you can, sort
of. Over time the ideas and conceptions of religious ideas can shift and you can tweak the doctrine to be more modern. What they can’t do is make
large, quick overhauls. You’ll alienate older members and give non-believers more fodder. They’ll say, “How quickly you change your divine
order, how strange.”
Religious orders are in a bind. They can’t and shouldn’t admit defeat and they definitely can’t blame themselves. What do you do? You shift the
blame. It’s not your fault your ideas are losing popularity, it’s the war on religion!
You can see many religious people and entities claiming they’re under attack by governments, by cultures or by society at large. Often times the
boogeymen they create are ridiculous. They’ll get in a hubbub about not being able to say “Merry Christmas,” “under God” or by losing things
like the ten commandments in court houses.
First off, the non-religious who make a stink about “under God” or “Merry Christmas” are just as ridiculous. In truth, they’re kind of
jerks, just looking for something to complain about. I know, I know, sometimes the “Merry Christmas” complaints come from those of over religions,
but they’re silly as well. Words are just words. If you’re not religious, the word “God” might just as well be the word “mailbox,” and if
you’re another religion hearing “Merry Christmas” is just like hearing music you don’t like. It might be annoying, but it’s common and
it’ll be over soon. When the non-religious talk about the bad aspects of religion, the religious will say, “You can’t judge us all by the
actions of some or the actions in the past.” The same goes for the non-religious. We don’t want to destroy you, most of us don’t care enough to,
so don’t lump us in with the loudest.
But Christians will see these things as attacks on their culture. They see it as persecution.
Then there are the bigger “attacks.” Same-sex marriage and abortion are just affronts to God, but to society! The thing is, the bible does not
dictate the values of a society, the society as a whole does. Still, they’ll attack it, partly because they view it as wrong and partly because it
further threatens their institution. They make as if same-sex marriage suddenly means everyone has to be gay and legal abortions means every fetus
must die. What bothers them more is that it’s become more and more obvious that they won’t have the power to stop such things forever.
The religious like to shout, “FREEDOM OF RELIGION” as if it’s somehow being threatened. What’s more, they think of it as a one-way street.
Only the religious have freedom of religion, but the phrase also allows for the freedom of non-religion.
The thing is, religion and cigarettes are basically the same thing. It can be argued that America was built on both, both have long histories, both
have dangerous aspects, both are powerful lobbies, both have caused deaths, both give comfort and on and on. The problem is that there’s large
groups who don’t care for religion or cigarettes. Smokers and the religious don’t understand that, they make arguments, but when it comes down to
it everyone should be free to be comfortable. Not having institutionalized prayer in school is the same as not being able to smoke in bars. It would
seem like the two might go hand-in-hand, but the fact is that it annoys some people. There’s still plenty of other places to smoke and pray, no
one’s outlawing either, the freedom is still there, there’s just some places you can’t do it.
But still, the religious won’t go quietly. They’ll yell down the phantom barbarians at the gate, because it’s less painful to think someone
else is causing their decline.
Now, I know not all religious people are like that, but, like I mentioned earlier, the loudest always get blamed and the loudest ruin things for
Religion is not in danger from any outside forces in America. There is no widespread, institutionalized persecution of religion. Persecution of
religion is The St. Bartholowme’s Day Massacre
, it’s the
, it’s the Soviet elimination
and it’s the Inquisition
Religions in America today only have perceived persecution. It shifts the blame and that feels good.