"Liberals hate religion because politics is a religion substitute for liberals and they can't stand the competition." -- Ann Coulter
Most liberals in this country tend to treat Christians one of two ways: either with open, sniggering contempt or if they think they need their votes, they tend to switch over to hamhanded and grotesque pandering. That's not to say that there aren't liberal Christians, there are plenty of them, but they've just become accustomed to being treated by their fellow liberals like the sort of refuse you scrape off your shoes after a long walk through a cow pasture.
Every Christmas you have liberals fighting to purge any mention of Christianity or Jesus from Christmas celebrations. Then, during the year, liberal atheists like Michael Newdow and liberal organizations like the ACLU use the legal system to ceaselessly assault Christianity at every opportunity. Whether you're talking about the Pledge of Allegiance, the Mt. Soledad Cross, or the Ten Commandments on the walls of a courthouse -- you have liberals trolling through the courts looking for a liberal judge who'll be willing to twist the Constitution in order to stick a thumb in the eye of their mutual Christian foes.
Meanwhile, the assault on Christianity continues unabated amongst the liberal rank and file. It's always something. As an example, two anti-Christian bloggers were recently hired by the John Edwards campaign. Both of them later quit the campaign after it was revealed thatthey said things like this on their blogs,
Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit? A: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.
Of course, in all fairness to Edwards, this sort of attitude towards Christianity is the rule, not the exception on the left side of the blogosphere, so the odds weren't in his favor. For example, quotations like these aren't terribly unusual on the left,
"Don't you understand that the "Culture of Life" means bombing abortion clinics, bashing gays, and calling for the wholesale persecution and harassment of people who don't share your religious views? In fact, nowhere is the radical Christian agenda being carried out with more zeal and aplomb than in Baghdad. KILL ANYONE WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE AS YOU BELIEVE!! TORTURE THEM IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE!! SET THEM ON FIIIIIIIIRE!! We don't need no steenkin' love and tolerance!! We're CHRISTIANS!! WE MUST KILL!! KILL!! KIIIIILLLLL!!!" -- Firedoglake
"Religious fanaticism is simply institutionalized psychosis and if we ever needed all the help we could get from reality folk (mystics) and courageous scientists, it's now. Our planet cannot be pummeled much longer by these nut cases without passing infinitely tragic points of no return." -- The Smirking Chimp
"Rove's re-election strategy was elegantly simple: Scare the bejesus out of Jesusland. F@ggots are headed your way! Satanic Muslims are hiding everywhere! That's all it took to get Jesusland to do the job. Intellectual conservatives like the National Review staff are flattering themselves if they honestly believe Jesusland cares about conservative thought. The "reality-based" folks are learning that Jesusland doesn't even care about jobs or the economy. In Jesusland, it's all the will of Jesus. No job? No money? Daughter got her cl*t pierced? Jesus is just f*cking with you again, testing your faith. Got the cancer? Oh well. Soon you'll be with Jesus. Reality is no match for a mystical world in which an all-powerful god is constantly toying with every detail of your mundane life, just to see what you'll do about it. Keep praying and always keep your eye out for homosexuals and terrorists, and you will eventually be rewarded ... all you have to do is die, and then it's SuperJesusLand, where you will be a ghost floating in a magic cloud with all the other ghosts from Jesusland, with Jesus Himself presiding over an Eternal Church Service."
Moving on, there's James Cameron's latest documentary/blasphemy, "The Lost Tomb of Christ," which claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children, based on some coffins that were found that may have had their names on them. Even though that's a thin reed to hang a documentary on, notice that I said "may." Biblical scholar Steven Pfann says that the name on the key coffin looks to be Hanun, not Jesus. But Hanun, Jesus, whatever, as long as there is an attack on Christians involved, liberals don't care much about the particulars. That's why Hollywood habitually treats Christians with such disdain on the silver screen and why liberals will tell you that dropping a crucifix in urine or smearing the Virgin Mary with feces is the sort of "art" we should be funding with our tax dollars.
"At worst, there are some liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant, insisting on a caricature of religious Americans that paints them as fanatical, or thinking that the very word "Christian" describes one's political opponents, not people of faith."
If Barack had replaced, "some liberals" with "most liberals," he would have been spot-on.
This would be a better country if liberals like Barack Obama would regularly stand up and say, "This is not acceptable," when their fellow travelers on the left attack Christians instead of tossing out a line in a speech every now and again. It might not stop liberals from being inherently hostile to people of faith, but it might encourage them to think about their anti-Christian bigotry, instead of blindly following the crowd on the left.