04 April 2005

Supression of Christianity

Hey Guys, it's me Megan. I am currently enrolled in a speech class and I need some help with a topic I am doing for my final speech. It is a persuasive speech on the supression of Christianity and it counts as my final speech. I personally feel that Christianity is currently being supressed in American culture at an increasing rate...do any of you feel this way? Even if you don't, please share your opinion! I love hearing opposing views as well as ones that are like my own. Also, if you any of you have good examples of how Christianity is or isnt expressed, please fill me in. Thanks! -Megan

12 Comments:

Blogger Plain Truth said...

I don’t know if you can argue that Christianity is being suppressed in America. Christianity is indeed more important in American than it is most of Western Europe. (Albeit, Catholicism is a minority part of the American Christian world – about 20% of Christians) Conservative Protestants are so influential that one could argue they got President Bush reelected in 2004). Without his close ties to important evangelical leaders and his constant appeals to ultra-conservative votes there’s little doubt that Bush would be president today. Suppressed means concealed or censored, and I don’t see that in regard to Christianity in this country. One might argue that the “liberal media” undermines Christianity – people like myself may well fall into this category. If you read the New York Times on a daily basis you’ll read columnists and intellectuals skeptical of church values. I for one am skeptical of institutions that undermine women, minorities, and science – conservative Christian teaching often do.

I short, as a historian and political analyst, it’s my opinion that it would be difficult to argue that Christianity is suppressed in America – I actually believe the contrary. You best bet would be to focus your attention on newspaper media – but any good counter argument would attack you for not investigating Fox News, or President Bush and his Party’s influence. If you narrowed your argument a bit – from American to American liberals (or something like that) – you may be more successful.

Monday, 04 April, 2005  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks, you made some very good points. It probably would be more wise of me to research the conservative party and their influence on Christianity as well. The liberal media is also a good source to research.

Tuesday, 05 April, 2005  
Anonymous Scott said...

Personally, I do believe that she is right in saying that Christianity is being suppressed in America today.

True, the liberal media is a very strong influence on this movement but you also need to look at what is happening in our schools.

In a Chicago city school during the Christmas season of 02-03, the students were tasked to put on a "winter play". Jewish families and students were represented by a Star of David and Menorah. Islamic students were represtented by the familiar Islamic Crescent moon symbol. Christians? Oh yeah, they were represented by a Christmas Tree and Snow Man. I guess that teachers now find that a Snowman represents Christianity in our society. I guess that the next logical step would be to ban airings of "Frosty the Snow Man" because it preaches Christian beliefs to the children of America.

Just recently, major text book companies came together to find yet another way to take Christianity out of America's text books. Now, rather than use B.C. and A.D. (Before christ and after death) text book companies will now use B.C.E, and C.E. (Before common Era and Common Era) in all new text books. I doesn't matter that Christ was an influential individual in society because He practically changed the face of religion forever. It doesn't matter that this is the way that it has been done for over a millenium. What matters is that we cannot teach Religion in our schools.

Finally, results from a study came out today that state that 81% of students after graduating high school do not know what the 1st Amendment of The Constitution is. Further, 49% of them believe that the government either does or should control the media.

Liberal teachers in the United States need to stop preaching their Liberal views to our students. It is disgusting that because they cannot convince the nation that their views are correct, they must corrupt the minds of our youth at a very impressionable stage in their lives to win future support. How about an unbiased teacher... that would really be nice.

~Scott

Tuesday, 05 April, 2005  
Blogger Plain Truth said...

Point taken, a reasonable school would avoid commentary on any religion if it were to exclude one. It has gone a bit too far in some districts, however, there are critical ways of presenting religious material in a public school. Albeit, it takes a more skilled teacher than most.

So I concede, Christianity is supressed in some places - but on the whole it is alive and doing very well in the United States.

Tuesday, 05 April, 2005  
Blogger Teddy III said...

Most observers feel that Christianity - fundamentalist, evangelical Christianity at any rate - is more powerful in the United States than it has ever been. And it scares the hell out of us.

Thursday, 14 April, 2005  
Blogger Megan said...

Teddy,

I truly do respect your opinion, as I am sure that there are many other Americans out there that feel the same ways as you do. However, I must ask you why the Christian religion scares you as much as it does. From my point of view, Christianity is a wonderfully peaceful and validating outlet for many Americans, as many of us choose to put all of our faith in God for the security of this country's future. It pains me to think that such a peaceful religion (one that coincides and tolerates many other peaceful religions) frightens others. It is my belief that God is a loving, understanding creator who is tolerant of all others. If you feel that politicians or others have misused Christianity as a tool against certain groups of people or organizations, then I would have to say I would agree in reference to some cases. I would really appreciate it if you could respond, as I do find your view quite interesting.

Thanks!
-Megan

Thursday, 14 April, 2005  
Blogger Teddy III said...

Dear Megan
You answer my question yourself. If those misusing religion "in some cases" include the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, is it surprising that many people regard religion (not only Christianity) as a force which endangers us all? You would no doubt say that it is the misuse of religion which is the danger. Sure. Richard Coeur de Lion saw himself, as Bush does, as a man appointed by God to destroy the evildoers, and the Crusades predated the jihads by a thousand years. Your kind of Christianity may be a "peaceful religion", but most people's hasn't been.

God, if there is one, help us all.

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