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Warning Signs

The warning signs are everywhere:

Conservative Christian author and historian David Barton claims that the American Civil Liberties Union has openly declared war against the country’s faith-based history and moral foundation. In a short video, explaining the problem, Barton makes it clear that an attack on Jesus is an attack on America.

Conservative Christian publisher Joseph Farah writes that believers are in trouble: “The attacks on Christianity in America are alarming. We are witnessing more than religious bigotry now. We are entering the early stages of what could become persecution and outright criminalization of Christianity if it is not exposed and fought vigorously by all freedom-loving people.”

Speaking of the increasing role played by public schools in shaping the moral beliefs of American students, conservative Christian educator Marc A. Fey reports that the modern welfare state threatens democracy itself.
Conservative Christian Ken Ham writes in his blog that the opening of Kentucky’s Creation Museum helps to defend the Christian faith against the onslaught of secular humanism.

Conservative Christians believe that their faith is under attack, that there is an ongoing ideological battle in America that could erupt any day in all-out warfare.

But these aren’t sandwich-sign-carrying crackpots, declaring the end of the world. Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, “an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes.” Farah founded and edits WorldNetDaily, a leading Internet news site. Fey helps shape education policy at Focus on the Family. Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, speaks around the world, defending the concepts of creation science.
We live in a violent world where peoples and nations respond to perceived threats, not with equal force, but with crushing force. That’s why Americans should be very afraid, not of the Russians or Iran or Al-Qaeda, but of conservative Christians.

Let me explain.

The Russians are not a real threat. Vladimir Putin has publicly expressed concern over U.S. plans to place nuclear missiles in Eastern Europe, but he has offered a compromise and has welcomed continued negotiations. His real concern is the maintenance of his position, which requires that he ensure basic levels of safety and health for Russian citizens.

Iran is not a real threat. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may very well be a madman. But it appears that his efforts toward nuclear proliferation as well as his public statements about the country of Israel have been designed for the sole purpose of establishing Iran as a world power, worthy of attention and influence. Obliterating the U.S. accomplishes nothing for Ahmadinejad.

Al-Qaeda is not a real threat. Osama bin Laden simply wants the U.S. and other foreign countries to get out of the Middle East. His organization exists for the sole purpose of removing all foreign influence from Muslim countries.
He doesn’t care if we live or die.

What, then, is the real threat?

Until the 1980s, America’s conservative Christians were generally isolated from American culture, occasionally speaking out against the social gospel, Catholics, civil rights, feminists, rock music, and Communism. The New Christian Right, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1979, brought conservative Christians out of their congregations and into the public arena, eventually leading to the Christian Coalition, the Moral Majority, and other major lobbying groups.

And although conservative Christians rant against atheists, evolutionists, Communists, feminists, humanists, anarchists, the ACLU, activist judges, public schools, Hollywood, and others. They have only one enemy – liberals – and they believe they are under attack. What this means for our future, I cannot say. But I do know one thing: as a Christian with liberal views, I am afraid.

Conservative Christians believe that their faith is under attack, that there is an ongoing ideological battle in America that could erupt any day in all-out warfare.

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