In a similar vein, Charles C. Haynes of the First Amendment Center, wrote, "But in the wake of the most negative, religion-saturated campaign in living memory, the danger of a public square poisoned by hatred and division needs to be taken seriously."
While Haynes is also mildly critical of those at the other "end of the spectrum" who "want to make our public square a religion-free zone," he unmistakably places the blame for divisiveness and poisoning the public square on Christians. And he certainly implies that Christians would silence all other voices: "But flush with victory, some conservative Christians may wish to torpedo any ?reaching out? to religious groups with a different vision for our nation. After all, evangelicals have had the ear of the president for four years -- to the exclusion of most other religious voices."
For all the Left?s pride as sophisticated and nuanced thinkers, they exhibit great confusion over the notions of "reaching out," "exclusiveness" and "hatred," at least concerning the Christian mindset.
Does "reaching out" mean that Christians should soften their position, for example, on abortion or gay marriage? If they don?t, are they being unacceptably exclusive, intolerant or hateful? The Left surely doesn?t condemn itself as exclusive, intolerant or hateful for wanting to radicalize the definition of marriage or for refusing to budge on the Christians? insistence that the unborn is entitled to protection equal to that of the already born.
That Christians can?t seek to influence the culture, politics or the public square without being of accused of trying to establish a theocracy is maddening. It is precisely because of this nation?s Judeo-Christian roots that those of all faiths enjoy unparalleled religious liberty.
Secular leftists constantly recite the statistic that some 80 percent of Americans are Christian. And they proudly concede America?s unmatched record on religious liberty. Yet they are blind to the conclusion that those two facts taken together constitute powerful evidence against their misplaced fear that Christians want to suppress the religious liberty of others or shut them out of the political process.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the misguided secular culture, Christians will continue to fight for the religious and political liberty of all people, not just Christians. I wish I were confident in making a similar statement about the Christophobic secular Left.