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Re: “Focus on ... the Super Bowl

I'm gonna be honest here... my main concern has (remarkably!) very little to do with the actual anti-abortion message. I myself consider the issue of life v choice to be a bit of a wild card, and that the individual situation is a closer depiction of what should occur than the generalizations both sides use. But I digress.

My concern is that Focus on the Family, a group whose hate-thy-neighbors tactics have led to reinforcing the second-class status of anyone who isn't exactly in line with them, might end up being the one "advocacy" voice that CBS allows through. Focus on the Family, for those who aren't fully aware of their various voices, is the slightly more "rational" copy of the Westboro Baptist Church. They preach hatred against homosexuals, against people seeking abortion, against any non-Christians, and then in the following breath declare how Christians are persecuted in this world, how the old stereotypical WASPs are the ones who are discriminated against in this Brave New World.

As for those who say that they're just defending their freedom of religion, I have to remind you that *all* Americans have the same freedom of religion... and that is not code for "freedom to worship however you want, as long as it's our way", as most Christian organizations are convinced. If I were Muslim, if I were a Shinto Buddhist, if I were a pagan or a Wiccan, it shouldn't matter and I should have just as much freedom of religion (and freedom FROM religion) as anyone else in this country. I should have as much right to be who I am, live how I live, worship how I choose (or not worship, in the case of atheists), and speak my mind as I see fit.

And if you're a heterosexual Christian, you get just that. If you're not, you're oppressing them. Because minority has nothing to do with real numbers, it has to do with perception... and the current popular perception seems to be that Christianity does better in modern times if everyone plays the victim.

My apologies to any who, reading this, feel that I'm far from the mark. But if this doesn't hit the mark for you, look around... you *are* the minority.

Posted by Mychyl on 02/07/2010 at 8:02 PM

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