Are Christians insecure?
I ask because the ubiquitous stories like the efforts to post the Ten Commandments in every public space imaginable, the anti-Sharia hysteria, and the quixotic drive to reintroduce official prayer in the schools.
Today, via American Atheists, Inc. comes word of Christians in King, NC flying a Christian Flag at the local veterans cemetery — against the express wishes of the family of the man chosen to be honored last week.
Tracey Becker Meszaros, the daughter of the veteran who was chosen by lottery by the City of King to be honored at the Memorial the week of June 6 [said]:
“We chose to fly no flag because we believe it more accurately honors veterans,” Meszaros said in a statement issued on June 7. “Veterans of this country are not only Christian. They are Jewish, Muslim, pagan, and, yes, even atheist. They deserve to be honored for their service to this country, too.”
According to recent surveys, approximately 76% of Americans claim to be Christian.
Given that number, what is the pressing need to force their particular brand of religion down everyone else’s throats?
Christians seem to exhibit insecurity in many facets of life — from the terror of Harry Potter and entertainment in general to freaking out that two men or two women may get married.
This country has inscribed in its operator’s manual a protection of religion called the Establishment Clause. You can practice whatever religion you want, or none at all.
What is not guaranteed is that everyone else will conform to the tenants of your particular book of worship.
So relax, Christians. We recognize your right to your particular beliefs and practices and wouldn’t dream of forcing you to stop.
Please have the same consideration for others, and try to understand that it is disrespectful to try to force the minority of people who don’t believe as you do to participate in your religion.
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