In the bible belt of the southern US people take their religion seriously. A conversation evolved from a discussion regarding Christmas Wars as discussed on The O’Reilly Factor and continued into a heated discussion on Christian persecution through the means of instigated law suits against schools and public entities on the grounds of separating church and state. An atheist participating in the discussion commented that if he had his way he would sue every southern town in the bible belt. In response, the other commenter identifying himself as a “Jesus-loving redneck” said:
“Go ahead and make your lawsuit. Because when you do I am going to fill my yard with crosses covered with blinking Christmas lights. I am going to put bumper stickers on my car and wear “I love Jesus” t-shirts. I am going to walk the streets singing hymns and pray loud and publically over ever meal. And I am going to ask my Christian neighbors regardless of their church beliefs to do the same thing. If we Christians stand together we can shove Jesus right down your throat and as long as we do it on private property and through personal expression there is not one damn thing your Christian-bullying ass can do about it. You can believe whatever you want to believe but I am not going to stand idly by and let you tell me what I can’t believe. You might make sure cheerleaders don’t hold up bible verses at football games but you can’t do one thing about me and others screaming hallelujah, praise the lord and amen wherever we want or every time we see you walk by. So go ahead and keep pushing and before long you might find out what it would really be like to live in Christian-ville, when we stop being polite and dish back what you serve.”
Now, I am not usually one to take sides on religious debate, but I found myself thinking “amen, stand your ground.” Not because I want to see Christians rule the world but because I don’t want a secular godless ideology to be forced upon me either.