Thursday, March 30, 2006

Onwards, Christian Soldiers!

An interesting Salon article tells us about the conference entitled "War On Christians". The speeches were suitably warlike, and the enemy was painted large, frightening and inhuman. The enemy is us, by the way. If you didn't know this, what would you think this snippet from a speech describes?

"My friends," White said in a stentorian voice like burnished oak, "America is no longer good. Unrighteousness, evil, corruption, perversion and death are now standard operating procedure in the United States of America. If we do not put an end to it now, in this moment of divine destiny, then God will and God should judge America."

Rod Parsley is a newly-minted Ohio general of this Christian army. His speech did not discuss the blessedness of peacemakers:

"A spiritual invasion is taking place," Parsley roared to the packed banquet hall on Tuesday morning, drawing out the "a" in invasion. "The secular media never likes it when I say this, so let me say it twice. Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons!" He paused to take a preemptive jab at his critics, his voice going soft and scolding: "They say, 'his rhetoric is so inciting.'" Then he nearly screamed, "I came to incite a riot! Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons! Lock and load!"

But the atmosphere of the conference was described as "sluggish". Now, why would that be the case? Could it have something to do with the fact that the Christian radical clerics have gotten most everything they want and are just feeling that odd depression that comes after a project is completed? Though we are still alive so I guess the weapons must be locked and loaded.

Were there any Christians at this conference who think differently? I wish I knew more about that.