There is enough war without making stuff up….

There is this absurd notion in this country of ours that we need to be at war against everything. If we aren’t at war against something, someone is at war against us. The war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on women, the war on poverty, the gender wars, the class wars, etc. And even a war on religion. Specifically the war against Christians.

Whereas some wars are justified some are just propaganda created by those who were in power now afraid of losing power. There is no war on Christians or Christianity in this country. There is a push back for balance, and it’s that push that prompts the outcry from the fundamentalist Christians that they are being punished, silenced – crucified.

Christianity has had its share of persecution. Before Constantine Christians were used as lion fodder. But once Constantine chose Christianity as the state religion it knew a new freedom its followers hadn’t had before. Being backed by the most powerful man in the known world helped escalate a fringe faith to a world powerhouse. A powerhouse that has prospered into a religion with the most followers in the world.

And a religion that has inflicted its fair share of destruction, persecution and oppression on those who were of other faiths.

Conversions were mandatory, missionaries in third world countries forced the religion on the local populations, wise women and men hanged, burned, stoned as witches, religious armies invading lands and declaring them Christian, oppression of women citing Eve as the first sinner and all women that were born after her had to be contained in their “God given” appropriate roles as brood mares for men who couldn’t control themselves and needed to blame women for their uncontrollable libidos, and the lists of atrocities could go on and on.

Christmas, that wonderful Christian holy day, where almost all the traditions were stolen from other faiths to convert the masses. Name a Christmas tradition and I could tell you what Pagan faith it came from.
A religion that rolled over the world scaring people into believing that God will punish you for being what He made you – human.

There is no war on Christianity. There is a movement by those of us who are not of the main three religions to be accepted for who we are. We are all those other faiths, beliefs, religions, spiritualties. We are Pagan, Buddhist, Hindu, Witches, Gurus, et al. We work, raise children, buy houses, buy cars, go on vacation, and we wear the symbols of our faith proudly.

Or at least some of us do.

You see, there was a time, not so long ago, that to wear a pentagram necklace could get you fired from work because someone thought you worshiped the devil. There was a time being Pagan could get you evicted from your apartment. There was a time you could lose your children for being Wiccan.

And that time was a few minutes ago.

Yes, there are still places in our country where you can lose your job, your home, your kids, for being something other than Christian, Jew or Muslim. I know. I have experienced the job situation first hand. The company did not fire me but they threatened to. And I had to PROVE my faith was more than sensationalistic to the EEOC to be taken seriously.

Do you, as a Christian, have to prove your faith to keep your job? I didn’t think so. Matter of fact you can use your faith as a way to circumvent the laws of the land (Holly Lobby) and get away with it. You can use your faith to get special treatment and no one questions it. But, for most of us, we don’t get OUR holy days off with pay unless we use our PTO (if we have paid time off) and our Holy Days certainly aren’t recognized by the federal government (like Christmas and Easter).

So no, there is no war against Christianity. We are only trying to equalize the playing field. We only want the ability to exercise our given right to practice our religion/faith/spirituality as you do – in public without persecution. When you tell us we can’t is when we push back and tell you that you shouldn’t be able to either. When you threaten our life, our families, our jobs, our homes – we call you out on it. When you shout this is a Christian nation we tell you it’s not. It’s a nation of all types of people and the Constitution does not say the rights of the people are only for those good Christians – they pertain to everyone REGARDLESS of religion.

So the next time you see someone of a different faith don’t spout off about how you are persecuted, oppressed and you should be able to say Merry Christmas without being harassed and then yell at that person of a different faith that they don’t belong in this “Christian nation” and are going to hell. Hypocrisy is a terrible character flaw and actually should be a “sin”.

About ynnarie

Lynn Salisbury grew up in the rural town of McGrath, Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School in the mid 1980’s, she moved to the Twin Cities. Lynn spent her 20’s and 30’s working like the average person, never imagining the calling that awaited her. But those two decades of working, learning, growing, led to the day a friend challenged Lynn to write. Lynn met that challenge and never looked back. Now she draws from her life’s experiences and creative mind to weave stories. Stories about different worlds, different lives, different perspectives. If you ask her about her life, Lynn will tell you it’s been rather simple and sometimes boring. But if you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s been a bit more exciting than that. Lynn has done everything from designing clothes ranging from prom and wedding dresses to drag queen attire and everything in-between, became a registered, ordained Pagan minister in the state of Minnesota, to creating a group, on a social media site, of fans devoted to her favorite football team that has more members than most medium sized towns. Lynn still lives in the Twin Cities area, enjoying the changing seasons, spending time with family, working, and writing. She will admit she hasn’t found her genre niche yet, and she secretly hopes she never does, leaving the possibilities wide open for any type of story that formulates in her head, mixed with a bit of muse inspiration, to spill out into the written word. She writes what she would want to read, having taken to heart a piece of advice she once heard. And she feels blessed and grateful for the chance to share her stories with the world. As the mother of three amazing, beautiful and strong daughters, Lynn knows that even when the world seems the darkest, they are her light. And she never forgets what an honor and privilege it is to be their mother. “If you haven’t had your ‘a-ha’ moment today, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Lynn Salisbury
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