Religious Freedom vs. Religious Privilege: A Musing on the Difference



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Official sectarian public prayer does not honor diety; it is just an opportunity for religious bullying. It is no accident that some Supreme Court cases a few years ago involved the Santa Fe Independent School District in Texas. Santa Fe, in rural western mainland Galveston County, was often spoke of by black residents of nearby Hitchcock, Dickinson, and Texas City as "Klan Country" and a place it's good to stay away from. It is a hotbed of religious right fervor and adopted the prayers concurrent with documented incidents of bullying of Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, gay, and atheist students, sometimes by teachers. The prayer is the theory and the bullying is the practice.

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

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Zach Hoag"These are apocalyptic times for American Christianity, in the literal sense that they are revealing times. The decline of Christian faith in the U.S. is, I believe in part, a result of this revelation. There is a deep compromise with the wealth, power and violence of the empire at work in the church in our "In another sense, though, I remain hopeful and resolute. Despite the percentage of evangelicals who voted for and support Trump, I believe we are witnessing the last angry gasps of a perspective that is coming to a necessary end as a dominant force in American society."

– Zach Hoag, author of "The Light Is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life," interviewed by Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service.

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