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Acknowledgement of Christmas in most places has been discriminated against. The Christ in Christmas is under attack.Places that used to sell Christmas trees now call them holiday trees. People who put up nativity scenes are now attacked. Actor Kirk Cameron last year said he believes what the Bible says when it calls homosesuxality a sin. He didnt make personal attacks or condemn anyone, just stated what the Bible says. He was the lead story on the national news for over a week. He was attacked and called intolerant, a bigot, and his comments were labeled a hate speech. Move to California and tell people you want to marry your dog, or worship a tree, or become a buddhist, or believe anything you want to believe and you will be accpeted. Tell people you love Jesus Christ and you'll be bashed and discrimiated against. Every high school in this country used to have prayer before football games. Thats been taken away. Tim Tebow is bashed regularly for his faith in Christ. His criticism as a player is justified, he isnt an NFL QB and anyone can see that, but read the internet and some message boards around the country. He is targeted by lots of people for no other reason than he is a Christian. Many Chrstians who are pro-life because of their faith are labeled as women haters and as anti-women's rights. Not sure how you can question Christians being discrimiated against if you watch or read the news. It's an everyday occurrence. It's not near as bad here in the deep south, but move to the northeast or cali and tell people you're a follower of Christ and see what happens.
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Suggesting that Christians are the victim of discrimination in America is pretty offensive to Christians in countries where Christians are actually victims of discrmination. Are there people in this country who are anti-Christian? Sure. Are there people who disagree with the fundamental tenets of the faith and voice that disagreement? Of course.
But Christians are permitted to worship freely in this country. We aren't deprived of job opportunities or admittance into colleges on the basis of our faith. There are no laws in any state that prohbit the free practice of our relegion in our homes, places of worship, or private businesses. And we're even permitted to freely practice our faith in public places, which is pretty incredible when you thing about it.
What you have described above are two different situations, neither of which can be described as discrimination:
1. Prohibitions against displays in public places which are specific to a particular religion, and which, due to the place in which they occur, could be perceived as a state endorsement of one religion over another. In other words, I can lead a bible study that meets in a park or in front of a school, but the school can't sponsor my study, and the park can't exclude Budhists who want to meet there too. You may not like it that come municipalities have opted against displaying nativities in public places, but does that really impact your personal practicing of your religion in any way? And how would you or I feel if the local courthouse put up a Hindu religious display? Because that wouldn't be allowed either. Does that mean that Hindu are discriminated against in our country?
2. People exercising their first amendment right to either support or oppose Christian beliefs. The same thing happens with regard to other belief systems.
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