Non-Christian America’s increasing persecution of Christians is nothing new; I’ve blogged about it several times right here.
But the stance taken by Oneida High School football cheerleaders and the school’s P.A. announcer is generating plenty of hatred throughout cyberspace, once again proving the point that the days of live-and-let-live with regards to atheists’ stance on Christianity are long gone.
A number of hateful comments were submitted here, in response to the story linked above. I declined to post them, which led to plenty of hate mail. Some pointed out that I’m a journalist, choosing to attack my journalistic integrity for “censoring” their comments. Which is fine. I’m a big boy; I can handle it. I pointed out to them that this isn’t a journalism site. This is a personal blog. When they pay the bills to keep it going, they can post anything they want to. In the meantime, I’m not going to allow people from totally different areas of the country to use my blog to disparage kids from my hometown. If their comments are discriminatory in a way that wouldn’t be kosher for any other subset of people, they aren’t going to be posted here. I’ve deleted comments that were racist in nature, and I’ve deleted comments that were bigoted in nature. Christians should be afforded the same respect that most of us would afford someone who is a different race, nationality or has a different sexual preference. If you can substitute the word “black” for “Christian” in a comment and the context of that comment would then deem it inappropriate, it’s also going to be inappropriate on this blog with the word Christian in it.
And, since the majority of anti-Christian commentators seem incapable of arguing their point without attempting to be demeaning to Christians, you’ll notice there were only a few anti-Christian comments posted.
After tens of thousands read the story on this blog, a couple of Knoxville TV stations picked up the story. From there, it went nationwide — a couple of the cheerleaders and their coach will actually appear on Fox News Channel tomorrow morning.
It was after the story went viral that the true hatred started to show.
And you need look no further than RawStory.com’s post on the subject.
“Pricks,” “idiots” and “sluts” were just a few of the words that have been used on RawStory.com and other websites to describe these high school cheerleaders.
The disappointing part? Most of the commentators are adults…who presumably have kids of their own. Wonder how they would feel about someone talking about their daughter that way?
“What a puny little no-mind ‘god’ you little twits worship,” spat one middle-aged woman. “Only in the stupid south…do they actually believe prayer works. So these mental midgets couldn’t think of anything viable? Inf***ingcredible,” said another.
One poster called for the school to suspend all the cheerleaders for the rest of the year. Another called for Kayla King, the cheerleader who organized the recital of The Lord’s Prayer, “and her cronies,” to be prosecuted for criminal charges.
“Looks like these country cuties should be praying for better birth control, or the smarts…to use it,” commented one commentator, while another managed to fit “idiots,” “ignorant” and “dumb” all into one sentence, and several others compared the cheerleaders to the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Yet another called the cheerleaders “stupid, ignorant, nasty fools.”
“Morons,” said another. “If there was a god, these bimbos would have a clue.”
“LIke I care what these idiot larvae think,” said one guy who clearly does care what they think — at least enough to trouble himself with a comment. “Screw these cheerleaders.”
Then there were the calls for the parents of the cheerleaders to be arrested for child abuse, the accusations that their fathers molest them in drunken states, and plenty more.
These are not isolated comments being made by nameless commentators behind creative monikers. Similar comments can be found all over Facebook, affixed to various stories about the cheerleaders’ prayer, where those doing the name-calling and the bashing are using their true identities for all to see.
Here’s the ironic part: These are the same people who rail against Christians for various stances on various issues, accusing them of being “intolerant.” They pride themselves on their own tolerance, although their words clearly betray them. They’re anything but tolerant.
I know it shouldn’t surprise me, but the rate at which the rest of America’s tolerance for Christians is spiraling is mind-numbing. The mean-spirited and hateful approach is shocking. These folks know nothing of the tolerance they screech about.
But it’s one thing when they’re verbally assaulting adult Christians. Going after a group of teenagers, especially teenage girls, is supposed to be off-limits. After all, what did these students do to harm any of these people? They’re merely a group of girls who were disappointed prayer had been removed from their school’s ballgames. So they stood on the sidelines before a game, held hands, and recited the Lord’s Prayer. That didn’t cause any harm to anyone in the stands, so it certainly didn’t cause any harm to these people, thousands of miles away.
For that matter, what harm does the Christian faith in general do to them? Believe me, Christianity does not have a spotless past. There have been many atrocities that have been carried out in the name of Christ. But, today, the Christian religion is the most peaceful religion the world has ever known. With the exception of a very small group of people impacted by very isolated acts of violence carried out by misguided Christian extremists, such as abortion clinic bombings, there is no one in America today who can honestly claim to have been damaged by Christianity or its followers.
So why the disdain? Why the mean-spirited, hateful objections that would cause a 40-year-old man to lob R-rated insults at a 15-year-old girl? As someone posted on Facebook earlier, “Regardless of religious preference, I’m glad that I’ve evolved enough to not feel threatened by praying children.”
It’s cliche, but if God doesn’t exist, why the vehement vitriol in the effort to disprove Him?
This topic of intolerance towards Christians is not a new subject on this blog, but this one is more personal to me because this is my hometown. I know several of the cheerleaders on the squad and they’re good kids, who excel in the classroom and in most other areas of life. If the worst thing they ever do is stand in defiance of a new school rule saying there’s to be no prayer at football games, their parents can be proud of them. Actually, knowing their parents, I know they’re unequivocally proud of them already.
My conclusion is this: If being enlightened, open-minded and reliant on educated facts rather than “superstition” (all things these folks claim to be) means you have to call a group of 15, 16, and 17-year-old girls vulgar and derogatory things in order to feel secure in your own beliefs, I’m happy to be an ignorant, closed-minded Bible-thumper.