In fact, he just became my favorite conservative author (no offense, Ann Coulter). Limbaugh’s new book, Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity, may be the most important book written in this country in years. Nonetheless, I am certain that most liberal commentators will personally attack Limbaugh for writing it, without giving his arguments serious consideration.
The first part of Persecution, dealing with attacks on Christianity in the public schools, certainly got my attention. As I read each well-researched chapter, I tried to imagine myself as a student in the sixth grade taking my first course in social studies. That was in1976 for me, by the way. My teacher, Mr. Hebert, had a fondness for comparing life in America with life in other countries like the Soviet Union. That was back in the good old days when a teacher could tell his students that he loved his country without losing his job. A typical lecture in Mr. Hebert’s class could have sounded something like this:
“In Leningrad, a judge decreed that any student using the word ‘Jesus’ would be arrested and incarcerated for six months.
“In China, the courts appoint prayer monitors to ensure that no student is caught praying on school property.
“In East Germany, school officials are trained to be alert concerning any possibility of student discussion of religion and they immediately censor anything that remotely resembles religious discourse.
“In Cuba, a student organized a canned goods drive in April of last year. Determined to distribute the canned goods to the poorest citizens in Havana, he called it the ‘Easter Can Drive.’ Upon learning of the event, Fidel Castro forced the student to re-name the event the ‘Spring Can Drive.’
“In Moscow, students were allowed to assemble at the local elementary school to sing hymns, but only after government officials re-wrote all of the hymns to exclude references to ‘Jesus Christ.’
“In Czechoslovakia, an eight-year-old made valentines for her classmates, which read, ‘Jesus Loves You.’ Government officials confiscated them.
“In East Berlin, a sixth grader was sent home from school for carrying a Bible.
“In North Korea, students wearing ‘WWJD’ bracelets were ordered to remove them immediately.
“In Tehran, students were forced to pray in the name of Allah and to act out their own jihad.
“The Assistant Provost at the University of Prague has decreed that any student who believes in creationism should not attend any public university.
“A professor at a Romanian university was asked to resign her administrative position because she criticized Darwinian principles. It was feared that this criticism might cause some students to consider believing in God.
“A professor at the University of Havana had her salary cut 25% because she left copies of Christian magazines on a table in the back of her classroom after telling students they could peruse them if they so desired.
“In Yugoslavia, students can have their college education financed as long as they are not majoring in religion or attending divinity school.
“In Czechoslovakia, students are allowed to form religious groups on campus as long as they renounce their specific religious beliefs and replace them with social and political views that are officially sanctioned by the government.
And so on.
Remember, I said that a similar lecture could have occurred in Mr. Hebert’s class in 1976. But such a lecture would never be heard in an American classroom today. The reason is simple: these forms of religious persecution are no longer peculiar to other nations. They are happening right here in the United States of America.
In fact, every one of the above examples is based on a real case of religious persecution, which has happened in this country. Most of these cases are only a few years old, and all of them are recounted in David Limbaugh’s outstanding new book. While some of the cases arguably result from ignorance of the constitution, most are undoubtedly perpetrated intentionally in the name of liberalism.
Make no mistake about it; this country has changed a lot since 1976. And few celebrating our nation’s bicentennial could have foreseen the assault on Christianity that has taken place over the last couple of decades. While a small minority in this country may have led that assault, it could not have succeeded without the acquiescence of the Christian majority.
Those who read Persecution will undoubtedly agree that there is a war being waged against Christianity in this country. Of course, those who decide to fight back will pay a price. But look at the price we have paid for remaining silent.
Mike Adams (adams_mike@hotmail) is an associate professor at UNC-Wilmington. In addition to recommending David’s book, he supports his brother Rush 100%. And he no longer watches ESPN.