Americans have always been a spiritual people. After 9/11, people flocked to their places of worship. They went to grieve; they went for comfort and to comfort each other. They went to seek some sort of understanding of why God, a God of love, would allow such horror to take place in our nation.
There has been much debate on the faith of our founding fathers. Many believe that they were not Christians, but Deists. Whatever the case, they were men of faith who looked to the Creator for guidance and strength in their undertaking of forging a new nation.
But something is happening. It is happening slowly, just a drip, drip, drip at first. It has begun with cases like Chick Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. It has moved on to people who own bakeries and are forced to bake wedding cakes for gay couples. It even touched groups like the Boy Scouts.
The Left loves to drone on about the “war on women”. But there is a much more serious war being waged. The war on religious liberties of average Americans. The very values and beliefs that built a nation are now under attack for being hateful, not inclusive of everyone, divisive, even radical. School children are not allowed to say a silent prayer at their desk. American soldiers are discouraged from taking a bible into combat zones. Small business owners are forced into “sensitivity training” if they do not wish to violate their religious rights by baking cakes for gay couples or photographing their weddings. Well Lefties, get ready for the sound of your pointy heads exploding. I am a Conservative, I will wholeheartedly defend my Christian brothers and sisters, and oh yeah, by the way, I am a Pagan.
Stereotypes are so hard for Liberals to pry out of their bony fingers. Black Conservatives, Gay Republicans, Pagan Conservatives, it is all just too much for them to absorb, so they have to pretend that we don’t exist. The reasoning? If they pick on Christians, nobody will look at those free thinking people over there.
Why, some may ask, would a card carrying Witch like me defend Christians? Didn’t Christians do things like burn Witches back in the day? Well yes, some did. But not all Christians did that. A few bad apples do not represent the entire group. About a hundred years after that, the Constitution was created. It stated that Americans were free to worship in whatever way they choose to do so. The government was not allowed to establish a state religion that all must adhere to. This was America. And America stood for freedom. Freedom for all.
So why would a Pagan, someone whose own religious practices might raise eyebrows among devout Christians, defend those same Christians? Very simple. For starters, it is the right thing to do. Americans do not have to agree with each other in every single way, but we should come to the defense of any of our fellow Americans when their basic rights are being threatened. Secondly, I do not have to be a Christian to see what the implications of someone else’s religious freedom being threatened means for me. As a Pagan, my faith is often very misunderstood by others. What if, because of that misunderstanding, some misconception, my religious freedom was in danger? Some may say I am naïve, but I would hope that my fellow citizens, even though they may not agree with my choice of faith, would defend my right to practice it.
Lastly, if I am secure and confident in my own beliefs and faith, why is it threatening to me if Christians, or anyone for that matter, practice their faith in my presence? Does it automatically make me become one of them? No. Is it going to alter my life in some way that I do not want? No. Is it going to involve some sort of physical pain? No. In fact, I more than likely defend Christianity in some way every day, because I married one.
Bottom line: if I do not defend the religious freedom of my fellow Americans, who will defend mine? Do we not owe each other, as fellow citizens of this amazing experiment we call America, at least that much?
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me.”