Recently Fox News annouced a special they are doing, titled, War on Christianity, on how they allege the media is "bashing" Christianity.
They assert that Hollywood is "anti-Christian" and uses characters like Ned Flanders (Simpsons) and Jesus Christ on South Park to prove their point. They provide the assumption that the media gives no diversity of opinion when it comes to the Christian religion and disregard the current trend of shows like Seventh Heaven and Touched by An Angel.
It should also be noted that they use the term "Christians" when really they mean conservative Christians, because there really has been very little mention at all, positive or negative, of liberal Christianity.
Personally, I think this is another case of political victimhood. I think conservative Christians are learning from the far-left side of the gay rights movement, and instead of rising above their level of immaturity, they are merely copying their tactics.
Firstly, they say that conservative Christians are being "bashed". This is reminiscent of the simiplar plight of gays being bashed. The distinct difference between "Christian bashing" and gay bashing is that when gays are bashed they're ususally strung out, pistol whipped and left to die in freezing temperature like Matthew Shepard. Conservative Christians, however, are "bashed" whenever they are criticized for their political views or theocractic beliefs.
When gays talk about anti-gay persecution, we are talking about people like the Reverend Fred Phelps of Topeka Kansas who protest at funerals of murdered gay men, people like Dr. Laura Schelsslinger who call us a "biological error", and people like Dr. James Dobson who believes we should be rounded up and institutionalized "to protect the family". We mean people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson who blame us for the attacks of September 11th and work on a daily basis to deny the families of gay and lesbians who died in the terrorist attack financial recompense.
When conservative Christians talk about being "bashed", they mean any negative press that far-right fundmentalists generate. They mean any time cartoons poke holes at the hypocrisy and anti-intellectualism of Creationism and and anti-evolutionists. Surely they would like us to believe that there is an epidemic of hate crimes against conservative Christians.
When you call a conservative Christian like Gary Bauer a bigot, or "One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ", they say that you are "anti-Christian", an attempt to mirror the "anti-gay" phraseology. Surely conservative Christians are being called "child molestors", a "biological error", "worthy of death", "an abomination", "pervert", and "guilty sinner" on a daily basis and as a standard in general conversation.
More so, conservative Christians are being "persecuted". This is to draw lineage to the persecution of Christians in various Middle Eastern countries, the tribulation of Christians under the pagan rule of Rome, and give "prophetic" insight to the future persecution of Christians as outlined in the Book of Revelations.
Are Christians being spat on, having their limbs removed, hung out on crosses, burt, and driven into a Halocaust-like state of silence and submission? Do they really have it as bad as Paul of Tarsus or Jesus Christ to stake the label of "percuted" to their name?
As part of the Fox News motto goes, "Fair and balanced. You decide".