Terry’s Christian victim complex and misunderstanding of Islam, Buddhism
I’m not sure how seriously we should take folks like Pastor Dennis Terry whose Christian nation comments at a service Rick Santorum attended in Louisiana made headlines. Here’s a NYT blog piece summing up what happened (including an audio clip):
“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation,” Mr. Terry said.
“There’s only one God, and his name is Jesus,” he continued. “I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. I’m tired of people telling us as Christians that we can’t voice our beliefs or we can no longer pray in public. Listen to me. If you don’t love America, if you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say — get out!”
Terry also said:
“We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah!”
What always gets my blood boiling about these kinds of comments is they are used to whip people into a frenzy, to create hostility and a false sense of victimhood. But they are off the mark. For one thing, Muslims don’t worship Muhammad, and Buddhists don’t worship Buddha. Also, why is he targeting those faiths? Are Muslims and Buddhists trying to censor or silence Christians? I haven’t seen any evidence of this.
And who is he referring to when he says “we”? His church? Americans? I’m confused.
And who is preventing him from expressing his views or praying in public?
Seriously, this guy should try living in places where Christians ARE censored and oppressed, where they CAN’T say Jesus is God or openly practice their faith without fear of violent retaliation.
Is there religious tension in this country? Sure. Do we have different interpretations of the First Amendment? Absolutely. Might American Christians feel frustrated at times in this diverse mix of beliefs? I would imagine so. But inventing a persecution complex and inciting anti-Muslim, anti-Buddhist, anti-anything-but-my-kind-of-Christianity bigotry? That’s just shameful.
(Terry defended and “clarified” his remarks in the Christian Post.)