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Top Ten Instances of Christian Bashing in America, 2008
Christian Newswire ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | Dr. Gary Cass

Posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:28 PM PST by Sopater

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) has prepared a Top Ten list of the most egregious acts of Christian Bashing in American in 2008. Every day in America serious Christians face increasing hostility at work, school, and in the culture because they stand for their faith and values.

"It is time for the Christian bashing to stop and for Christians to no longer be treated like second-class citizens," said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of CADC. "Anti-Christian bigotry is real and growing. Those who engage in it should be exposed and called to account."

INSTANCE #10: Jack Black Musical Video

In a short video posted on FunnyorDie.com entitled, "Prop 8 The Musical," an all star cast of Hollywood celebrities perform a low budget musical farce that defames Christ, mocks Christians and distorts the teaching of the Bible. Jack Black played the lead role of Jesus.

INSTANCE #9: Bill Maher Gratuitously Attacks Pope

Bill Maher, host of the HBO program Real Time, made light of the Pope during his recent visit and the tragic sexual abuse scandal. Maher said, "Now I know what you're thinking, Bill. You can't be saying that the Catholic Church is no better than this creepy (radical Mormon polygamist) Texas cult. For one thing, alter boys can't even get pregnant. But really, what tripped up the little cult on the prairie was that they only abused hundreds of kids, not thousands all over the world. Cults get raided; religions get parades... If you have a few hundred followers and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope."

INSTANCE #8: ESPN Anchor Dana Jacobson's "F--- Jesus" Remark

Speaking at an ESPN corporate event in Atlantic City, N.J., to honor ESPN Radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Dana Jacobson let go with a steam of vulgar remarks; "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus." Jacobson was suspended for a few days for the incident.

INSTANCE #7: Minnesota University Professor Desecrates Communion

A Biology Professor from the University of Minnesota, Paul Zachary Myers, recently desecrated a consecrated communion wafer from a Catholic Mass. Meyer's has also asked people to steal the Eucharist for him in order that he might desecrate it and display it on his blog.

INSTANCE #6: Religulous the Movie

Bill Maher released a very shallow, pseudo-intellectual documentary entitled Religulous. The movie did not cover any new intellectual ground. It simply raised the old attacks on the faith. Maher studiously avoided being fair and did not allow for legitimate Christian answers from any leading Christian intellectuals.

INSTANCE #5: Chaplains Fired for Praying in Jesus' Name

Chaplains for the State of Virginia are being denied their right to pray in Jesus' name. Six chaplains were fired for continuing to pray in Jesus' name. Earlier this year in Virginia, Rev. Hashmel Turner, a city councilman in Fredericksburg, was told by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his prayers during city council meetings that ended in Jesus' name will continue to be banned.

INSTANCE #4: Colorado Law Criminalizes the Bible

SB200, a Colorado state bill recently signed into law, criminalizes the Bible. Section 8 of the bill entitled "Publishing of discriminative matter forbidden" makes publishing the Bible illegal because it contains anti-homosexual passages. This is part of a larger effort to criminalize the expression of certain opinions and beliefs.

INSTANCE #3: Barack Obama Defames Christianity

According to research into President Elect Obama's own statements about faith, and an examination of Obama's position on moral issues, CADC has determined that by any biblical and historic Christian standard, Barack Obama is not a Christian, although he claims he is a "devout Christian."

INSTANCE #2: Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin Is Attacked

Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, came under sharp attack by some in the mainstream media because she self-identifies as a Christian. The Washington Post published a cartoon by Pat Oliphant mocking Palin because she has a background as a Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian. A suspicious arson fire at Sarah Palin's home church recently caused over $1,000,000 in damage.

And finally, the #1 Christian Bashing Instance in America for 2008...

INSTANCE #1: Radical Homosexuals Assault Prop 8 Marriage Supporters in California

During and after the November campaign stories flooded in of pro-Prop 8 signs being taken, people verbally and physically assaulted, church property and private automobiles vandalized, and person's jobs and pastor's lives threatened simply for exercising their right to campaign and vote in support of traditional marriage.

BONUS INSTANCE: Senator Grassley's Abuse of Power

US Senator Grassley, a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has demanded the financial records of a number of very prominent conservative, evangelical broadcast ministries. The demand was based on Grassley's concern that these ministries are not spending their contributions properly. Grassley has admitted his concerns were in part driven by media accounts.


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture
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Well, according to Wikipedia, "On November 6, 2007, Grassley announced an investigation of televangelists Benny Hinn, Paula White, Eddie L. Long, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Copeland by the United States Senate Committee on Finance."

I don't see any names on that list that I would call "conservative" or "evangelical", but that's just me.

1 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:28 PM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater

no mention of the bash back attack on a michigan church?

http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2008/11/10/13335/904


2 posted on 01/05/2009 12:30:18 PM PST by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: Sopater

Agreed...Half of these so called “ministries” are nothing more than giant scams that take people’s dollars in the name of “Jesus”..but line the pockets of the “shepards” doing the preaching.

The Lord and Savior I worship didn’t live a life of greed and excess like these false prophets do.


3 posted on 01/05/2009 12:30:40 PM PST by HawkeyeRepublican
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To: Sopater
"...makes publishing the Bible illegal because it contains anti-homosexual passages."

Doesn't the Koran also contain like passages? As well as passages calling for the beheading of non-Muslims?

4 posted on 01/05/2009 12:34:42 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.)
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To: Sopater

It was a great year for Mormon bashing too!


5 posted on 01/05/2009 12:35:32 PM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Sopater
INSTANCE #4: Colorado Law Criminalizes the Bible

SB200, a Colorado state bill recently signed into law, criminalizes the Bible. Section 8 of the bill entitled "Publishing of discriminative matter forbidden" makes publishing the Bible illegal because it contains anti-homosexual passages. This is part of a larger effort to criminalize the expression of certain opinions and beliefs.

That's not gonna fly with the First Amendment. And if that doesn't work ... there's always the one after it.

6 posted on 01/05/2009 12:41:22 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: Sopater

I’ve started noticing that some people are getting arrested in this country for preaching the gospel. It first started in Las Vegas, a recent incident in Florida.

I’ll need to bmflr...


7 posted on 01/05/2009 12:42:14 PM PST by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: Sopater

Only two glaring problems. Not bad, far lower paranoia than usual.

1. Obama not being a “true Christian” isn’t Christian bashing. It’s just him personally having a warped idea of what Christianity is.

2. Grassley demanded the documents in 2007, not 2008. In 2008 Grassley praised Hinn’s cooperation, not exactly Christian bashing.


8 posted on 01/05/2009 12:42:29 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Kevmo
I’ve started noticing that some people are getting arrested in this country for preaching the gospel. It first started in Las Vegas, a recent incident in Florida.

Believe it or not, the ACLU has defended some of these people wrongfully arrested. Strange, huh?

9 posted on 01/05/2009 12:44:13 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Sopater
pro-Prop 8 signs being taken, people verbally and physically assaulted, church property and private automobiles vandalized, and person's jobs and pastor's lives threatened

Why, we saw worse than that on video: an elderly woman knocked off her feet and a cross trampled upon by a pro-gay demonstrator.

On the other hand, these are mostly anecdotal. The worst assault on Christianity is less dramatic: it is in the idea taking legal root, that all public expressions of Christianity are verboten. At this point it is tentative and legalistic: privately funded expressions are treated a bit better, jumbled religious messages are tolerated abit better (Christ + Rudolph the Rednose has a better chance of surviving the ACLU thugs than Christ alone, etc.) But the future isn't bright.

10 posted on 01/05/2009 12:58:52 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Sopater
Obama is no Christian. He held his grandmother's memorial (the SECOND one, the one held specifically for Obama after the election) at a Unitarian church.

Read Obama's own comments on religion and the upbringing he got from his mother:

2004 Interview: Obama Talks about Jesus, Heaven and Sin (June 3, 2008)

“OBAMA: Right. Jesus is a historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.”

Obama: “There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they're going to hell.”

GG: You don’t believe that?

OBAMA: I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.

GG: What is sin?

OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham#Religion Religion

A “friend” from high school has said that Dunham “touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she'd read about and could argue.”[6] Maya Soetoro-Ng, when asked if her mother was an atheist, said, “I wouldn't have called her an atheist. She was an agnostic. She basically gave us all the good books — the Bible, the Hindu Upanishads and the Buddhist scripture, the Tao Te Ching — and wanted us to recognise that everyone has something beautiful to contribute.”[19] “Jesus, she felt, was a wonderful example. But she felt that a lot of Christians behaved in un-Christian ways.”[20]

In his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father Barack Obama wrote, “My mother's confidence in needlepoint virtues depended on a faith I didn't possess... In a land [Indonesia] where fatalism remained a necessary tool for enduring hardship... she was a lonely witness for secular humanism, a soldier for New Deal, Peace Corps, position-paper liberalism.”[21] In his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope Obama wrote, “I was not raised in a religious household... My mother's own experiences... only reinforced this inherited skepticism. Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones... And yet for all her professed secularism, my mother was in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I've ever known.”[22] Religion for her was “just one of the many ways — and not necessarily the best way — that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand the deeper truths about our lives,” Obama wrote.[20] In 2007 Obama described his mother as “a Christian from Kansas.” “I was raised by my mother,” he continued. “So, I’ve always been a Christian.”[23][24] Also in 2007, he said in a speech, “My mother, whose parents were nonpracticing Baptists and Methodists, was one of the most spiritual souls I ever knew. But she had a healthy skepticism of religion as an institution.”[1]

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1729524-5,00.html

“Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, but Obama’s household was not religious. ‘My mother, whose parents were nonpracticing Baptists and Methodists, was one of the most spiritual souls I ever knew,’ Obama said in a 2007 speech. ‘But she had a healthy skepticism of religion as an institution. And as a consequence, so did I.’”

I'm going to need to see a baptismal certificate to believe this man was ever a Christian. Certainly he was NOT raised as one by an agnostic mother or non-practicing muslim fathers.

11 posted on 01/05/2009 1:14:57 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Obama’s closeted comment to San Francisco donors about those who “cling to religion” would be a better example of Christian bashing.


12 posted on 01/05/2009 1:16:14 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Sopater

I can’t believe they didn’t mention that guy who went into the Church and shot up a bunch of worshipers.


13 posted on 01/05/2009 1:22:32 PM PST by snowboarding conservative
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To: antiRepublicrat

Yeah, but pointing out the truth is Christian bashing, so you’ll be somewhere on next years list.


14 posted on 01/05/2009 1:24:25 PM PST by joesbucks (Sarah Palin: "I believe John McCain is the best leader that we have in the nation right now,)
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To: weegee
Obama’s closeted comment to San Francisco donors about those who “cling to religion” would be a better example of Christian bashing.

That would have been an excellent example.

15 posted on 01/05/2009 1:26:30 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Centurion2000
That's not gonna fly with the First Amendment. And if that doesn't work ... there's always the one after it.

Hate speech laws are unconstitutional. "The New Deal" is unconstitutional. The "War on Poverty" is/was unconstitutional. The list goes on and on. The point is, that isn't going to stop anyone.

16 posted on 01/05/2009 1:33:32 PM PST by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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I suppose all the Christian bashing doesn't bother me, at all. If nothing else, I rejoice in it.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness " Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Corinthians 4:9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 11 To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

14 I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.


AND, I sorta expect it. 2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Sure, I get that initial tinge of "OUCH! That's just wrong and they are bashing my beliefs!" But, then I get over it and say, "Oh, well, I don't need their approval to love and worship... God will sustain me."

I'm actually sort of bothered that there is a Anti-Defamation committee set up by Christians.
17 posted on 01/05/2009 1:56:29 PM PST by raynearhood ("I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels" -John Calvin)
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said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of CADC. "Anti-Christian bigotry is real and growing. Those who engage in it should be exposed and called to account."

*sigh* No they shouldn't.
18 posted on 01/05/2009 1:58:34 PM PST by raynearhood ("I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels" -John Calvin)
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To: annalex

The future will be brighter if people KNOW and stand up for their rights.

http://www.thomasmore.org

http://www.aclj.org

and see my tagline.


19 posted on 01/05/2009 2:39:18 PM PST by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing---Edmund Burke)
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To: Sopater

I’m very sorry to say, and I agree: Some have titled them the “Health, wealth and joy boys!”
Others have said, If we are to all be so wealthy etc. then Jesus, Paul and the other apostles missed out!”
We are taught in 1 Timothy 6:6; “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”


20 posted on 01/05/2009 2:40:07 PM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward--Anonymous))
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