Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Persecution of Xtians

Ken Blackwell, educated at Liberty University (do I need to go on?), pens a charming essay posted by Faux News in which he claims that the Left, under Obama, is persecuting Christians.

Oh, but not just persecuting them.  That's old news.  The Left is engaging in pogroms!

I don't know who taught Mr. Blackwell this big word, but he is very impressed with himself for knowing it:

What we are witnessing right now is an anti-Christianprogrammatic pogrom. What is a “pogrom” it’s the word that describes anti-Jewish raids by Cossacks and others in czarist Russia, but a programmatic pogrom best describes what is happening right now. 

Mr. Blackwell objects (as far as I can follow his somewhat incoherent argument at all) because certain organizations connected with churches (such as Liberty University, I imagine, though he does not mention that one) are being refused funding requests because they refuse to comply with Federal Regulations: providing information on all health options available to women, apparently, being one of them, though he phrases this as refusing to provide condoms to monks.  (Do monks really ask for condoms that often?)  I happen to have a young relative at a Catholic University.  He is himself not actually Catholic, or in fact religious in any respect.  When he goes to the school clinic -- his primary source of health care -- he cannot get contraceptives; he cannot even get tested or treated for STDs; a whole spectrum of vital health care, in other words, is not made available to him, despite the fact that he is paying for this health care as a student of this university.  

Should we underwrite this irresponsible, hell, felonious behavior on that health care center's part?  I put it to you that that university is endangering the health of the students in their care.  (Not my relative so much, since he's a smart kid and knows to get his condoms and health care elsewhere, but what about the less careful and less wealthy students in their purview?)  Also, if the churches want to push their archaic and lunatic belief systems, obviously we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion in this country; but we don't have to fund or support such lunacy.

Further, and this is my main point, Mr. Blackwell:  denying someone Federal Funding because they refuse on religious grounds to comply with Federal laws is not, in fact, a pogrom.

It is not, I do not care what you heard on Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or whatever crap you have been listening to, not getting funded is not the same being raped, or slaughtered, it is not the same as watching your children get raped and slaughtered, it is not at all like being raped and slaughtered and terrorized and having that happen to you and your entire community and to every community like yours for generation upon generation all over Europe for a thousand years, culminating in the biggest pogrom of them all, Mr. Hitler's, so you can STFU, please.

And take your stupid university and your stupid network with you.


tonkelu said...

These so-called Christians who feel so persecuted need to learn what religious persecution looks like. Legally being denied funds ≠ holocaust.

delagar said...

S'what I'm saying! Bring back the lions! We'll show'm some persecution, by Zeus!