By J. Lee
America seems bombarded almost daily with intolerance against Christianity and religious expression while rejecting God’s word. Political correctness has poisoned schools, public places and work settings.
In a time where tolerance is expected there is no shortage of intolerance towards Christianity and the Jewish faith. The hypocrisy is often so thick that you can cut it with a knife.
There are many examples of how political correctness has gone mad such as schools banning Christian groups and prayer, students and employee banned from wearing faith based apparel and jewelry, renaming religious holidays and attempts to remove Ten Commandment monuments.
Keep in mind most private schools can enforce dress codes. A student attends them with the understanding of what is and is not acceptable. Dress codes in public schools are different. They are more lenient for student expression. More often than not, Christian symbols on clothing and jewelry is a bone of contention.
Christian and Jewish holidays are no longer recognized in our schools and in public areas. What used to be acceptable is now considered offensive because a few people complain that their rights are infringed upon. Using the terms Christmas and Easter (also known as Resurrection Sunday) is frowned upon in the public schools. Christmas trees are now holiday trees. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah have been replaced by Happy Holidays by many retailers and corporations, although individual expressions are not suppressed.
Schools have been corrected through the courts when they attempted to disallow religious clubs. Sometimes liberal educators need to learn the facts by legal means when informal approaches are ignored.
Another element of intolerance is Christian religious symbols in public places. It seems the goal and strategy of some groups is to remove anything that represents Christianity. A cross is a common target. For Christians, it is a powerful reminder of God’s sacrifice of His son on the Cross. To unbelievers, it should not be offensive, just as a star of David is should not be offensive to Christians. It’s an outward expression of faith. But while discouraging the symbols of Christian and Jewish faiths, America at the same time, pushes diversity and multiculturalism, including acceptance of the Muslim faith and its symbols and rituals.
A few employers have become bolder in their harassment of workers even though the government has established workplace rights and responsibilities. These are more concerned with who might be offended than respecting individual rights.
One final attack has been aimed at 10 Commandment Monuments which are seen as offensive to atheists and others who do not want any connection to religion on display anywhere. Numerous times courts have been utilized in an attempt to have them removed. The commandments make many people uncomfortable. Is this a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Even if not seen; they remain in effect as God’s standards for mankind to follow.
The sad reality is the more political correctness is allowed to dictate what is and what is not allowed we will all lose to America’s moral decay.