As we are all aware, a persistent story has been swirling around the wingnut world for some years now: that liberals are waging a vicious war of oppression against Christians, particularly white Christians.
Well, how might that have happened?
I am old enough to remember when the image of a Christian in this country was Reverend Peters down at the Methodist Church running food drives and hosting the local boy scout troop, or kindly old Catholic Father Rooney (well, Father Rooney might have been up to a few not-so-kindly things with the altar boys, but we didn't know that at the time.)
That's not true any more. While the millions of decent Christians did nothing, the name of their religion has been seized by a vicious pack of religious fanatics, many of them openly in support of forcing a theocratic dicatatorship on the country. When you hear "Christian" today, you don't think of Albert Schweitzer or Mother Teresa, or even of almost moderate TV preachers like Billy Graham- no, what comes to mind is Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, Pat Robertson, John Hagee and a thousand other half-religious, half-political figures in this country filled with hatred, racism and greed, and determined that the country shall be run their sick, undemocratic way, regardless of who objects.
And it doesn't help any that, as we watch the unabated horrors caused by Islamic fanaticism overseas, we see these home grown extremists adopting more and more of the same tactics and values that drove the Middle East into violent chaos.
Yeah, I admit it- I am against these "Christians" in a way that I would have never imagined a couple of decades ago. But it's not because all of the decent Americans have suddenly decided to carry out a war of aggression against the poor little Evangelicals. We are not the ones that have changed; they are. They have voluntarily turned themselves from something seen as a positive force in our culture, to a subversive, irrational, hate-filled movement that deserves the opposition of any real American.