If the secular left - and Islamists - have their way, they will make of Christians second class citizens in America, subject to punishment by the police power of the state for professing their beliefs. And we see it this week, with a Professor of Catholicism fired for teaching Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and four Christians arrested for proselytizing among Muslims - in Michigan.
Case number one - Ken Howell, a professor of Catholic Studies for nine years at the Univ. of Illinois has been fired for the secular mortal sin of "hate speech." His specific crime was pointing out that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin:
Howell, who taught Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, says he was fired at the end of the spring semester after sending an e-mail explaining some Catholic beliefs to his students preparing for an exam.
"Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY," he wrote in the e-mail. "In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same."
An unidentified student sent an e-mail to religion department head Robert McKim on May 13, calling Howell's e-mail "hate speech." The student claimed to be a friend of the offended student. The writer said in the e-mail that his friend wanted to remain anonymous.
"Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing," the student wrote. "Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another." . . .
The student here is making a distinction without a difference. Is he claiming that any professor who teaches the tenets of Catholicism can only do so if they profess to believe that the biblical authors and the Pope are false and wrong? It is tough to tell, but in any event, it seems ludicrous indeed. To continue:
In an e-mail to other school staff, Ann Mester, an associate dean at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Howell's e-mail justified his firing.
"The e-mails sent by Dr. Howell violate university standards of inclusivity, which would then entitle us to have him discontinue his teaching arrangement with us," Mester wrote. . . .
This is outrageous on just so many levels. One, this is an elevation of the homosexuality to the point that the University is demanding that it be accepted as a normal lifestyle, and they are threatening the livelihood of anyone who does not agree. The left has made of radical secularism its own state religion with severe penalties for blasphemy.
Two, could there be any clearer violation of the right of freedom of speech?
Three, the left labels any criticism of their victim classes as "hate speech." What the Professor said was that homosexuality was not moral or normal. So how does that quality as "hate?" What it is in reality is a means of crushing speech that does not conform with their idea of political correctness.
Four, is there anyone on the planet who does not understand that the bible makes plain that homosexuality is considered a sin. Hands? And thus, if someone is going to teach about Catholicism at a university, is the professor required to burn certain pages from the bible as sacrilegious under the new radical secularism?
I sincerely hope this professor files the mother of all civil rights law suits.
Then there are the Arabs in Dearborn and the local police:
Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival.
Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18 of New York, and David Wood, 34, also of New York, face fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail. Dearborn authorities said the four "chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate" as they handed out religious literature and talking with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called "Acts 17 Apologetics." . . .
This is another case that screams out for a civil rights lawsuit.
And the war on Christianity continues ever onwards in America. God help us all if the left and the Islamists win.