We're losing the Christian foundations of this country, and people of faith are
letting it happen. It's time for us to take a page from the Tea Party, but instead
of taking our government back, we need to take our culture back.
Don't misunderstand me: America is a diverse country, and that's one of our strengths. I'm not denying that at all. However, America was founded on Christian principles; it's part of our national identity. If you go to Egypt or Saudi Arabia, you understand that the culture is based on Islamic principles, and you need to respect that as a visitor. Likewise, when you go to Mexico, you know that the national language is Spanish, and you need to speak it if you want to communicate. Those nations aren't expected to undermine their own foundations just to accommodate other people, so why are non-Christians demanding that of America? Why are we always accommodating?
When I speak to my Jewish and Muslim friends, they don't have a problem with nativity scenes or being wished "Merry Christmas" in stores. They understand that it's part of the culture and isn't a matter of discrimination. Why is it, then, that in the United States, the only people you can discriminate against are Christians? You can say whatever you want if you're Muslim or Jewish or Hindu or atheist. You can put up displays with menorahs, or stick atheist posters on subway walls or the sides of buses. But if you wish someone "Merry Christmas," or dare to display a nativity scene in a public place, you're violating the all-holy law of diversity.
Christianity is being punished in the very country it should be thriving. It has become an outcast in the land it created. American Christians are tolerant and forgiving. We don't punish people for their individual creeds or cultures. But like every other country, we need to protect our foundational identity — after all, that's what has allowed the United States to be the tolerant place that it is.
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