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Christian Persecution in America

January 11, 2017 at 6:44 am 6 Commentary
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Actress Meryl Streep’s political diatribe at the Golden Globes awards isn’t the only surprise attention-getting provocation from the event. Nominee film “Hidden Figures,” a box-office hit about the true story of three black women mathematicians who played important roles at NASA in the early days of the space program, is also generating unexpected controversy.

The controversy surrounds Kim Burrell, the black gospel singer whose song “I See A Victory” appears on the soundtrack of the film.

Burrell, in addition to being a gospel singer is a pastor, and, with the release of “Hidden Figures,” a video emerged on the internet of her passionately preaching in her church against homosexuality.

Burrell was scheduled, as part of the film’s promotion, to appear and perform, along with the film’s soundtrack producer, Pharrell Williams, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” But DeGeneres, an open lesbian, canceled Burrell’s appearance as a result of the video.

Next, Burrell’s radio show, which is produced at Texas Southern University, was canceled. Then she was disinvited from the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards, where she was a co-honoree.

Williams, appearing on DeGeneres’s show, said Burrell is a “fantastic singer,” but “there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017.”

Wait a second. It’s prejudice when a pastor condemns, in her church, behavior that the Bible, as understood by hundreds of millions of Christians around the world, prohibits, yet it’s not prejudice when others make every effort to purge that person from the public space because of her faith?

As far as I know, Burrell just intended to sing on the DeGeneres show. I don’t think she planned to preach a sermon about homosexuality.

Ellen DeGeneres, and the many sympathetic to her point of view, believe it is just fine to crush Kim Burrell and destroy her career because of her Christian beliefs, but they are all for using the law to force a Christian baker to make a cake for a same-sex wedding or to force a Christian photographer to work at one.

It should be clear that what motivates the pro-homosexual movement is not advancing a free and tolerant society. It is promoting a society that legitimizes their point of view and punishes, as severely as possible, those that reject it. This is fascism, not freedom.

It behooves us to point out that rejection of homosexual behavior does not come from some crank that woke up in the night and decided it’s not OK.

We are talking about Biblical scripture that has been guiding Christians for a few thousand years.

Religion, of course, is about faith, not about science. It is about what is true and false, right and wrong, and how to behave and live our lives.

But if we want to bring science into the picture, data supports, in a powerful way, the importance of these traditional values.

A 2015 study, for instance, published by the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, showed that states with higher percentages of children living with their biological parents in a traditional family have the highest median incomes, the fastest income growth, the lowest rates of child poverty and the greatest upward mobility.

We can bring to bear all the beauty and power of the Christian faith, and the data and research showing that following these truths lead, in the long run, to healthier and wealthier lives. But we can’t make anyone follow the faith. That’s what freedom is about. Letting people choose.

But what we’re experiencing now is growing religious persecution in our country. Those with anti-Christian values have considerable power through the media and are using it to eradicate traditional Christian values and presence.

This cannot be tolerated. But how do we solve the problem? Do we have to go back to the bizarre state of “separate but equal” we experienced with race?

Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Contact her at www.urbancure.org. To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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  1. Dido January 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Good article, 5 stars, Star!

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  2. Bobinms January 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Even National Geographic is in the act. It’s ENTIRE January 2017 issue deals with this topic. I have read every page of National Geographic since 1968, but after a cursory review, I threw it in the garbage. I emailed NG and told them I already knew more than I wanted to know about this subject from the MSM, internet, politicians, etc.

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  3. LLM the Ultimate January 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Very well-written article. This problem is very severe. The only way to survive is to not flinch in the face of the secular left, and stand up for your beliefs and do so proudly.

    I myself have experienced this since I was little.

    As a lil kid living in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, sometimes the Jewish kids would make fun of me for believing in Jesus, but I always stood my ground.

    In fact, last week, I was on the subway and I said a prayer, the woman sitting next to me looked obviously disgusted, and changed her seat.

    These kinds of things happen because people are not educated. Religious tolerance is a huge problem today in America, and not just against Christians like me, but Jews. Hindus. Even Muslims.

    Real bigots like the anti-Christian secularists are that way because they were not educated about tolerance. They put themselves up high and make themselves God. They are the center of the universe. Everyone has to serve them and agree to their ridiculous demands.

    When we actually begin to judge each other, as MLK said “on our character” instead of our religion or the color of our skin, then we will be truly great. I believe Trump will do this and guide our nation to faith and morals.

    God Bless America

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    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve said it time and time again. TO liberals, Prejudice, persecution and discrimination are ALL A-OK, as long as its done against the RIGHT group.
    Can you imagine if Elin had told a muslim imam “sorry but we are dis-inviting you onto the show” cause Islam abhors gays WORSE than Christianity does, since it compells them to stone gays to death…

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  5. DrGadget January 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Look at all the liberals who refuse to participate in Trump’s inauguration because of some “moral objection”. OK fair enough, but what about the bakers who don’t want to bake a wedding cake for lesbians?

    And don’t think for a second that was accidental. The lesbians went out of their way to find a Christian bakery just so they could cause trouble. Tolerance went out the window a long time ago. Now it’s all about using bad laws to crush Christians.

    This is just the start. It’s going to get much worse.

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      ltuser January 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Or how the liberals and lame stream media love going after townships who VOTE on not allowing yet another mudslime mosque in a residential area, and its down-cried as islamophobia, and these people ‘can’t be allowed to morally object.
      Or how dare a christian woman who is in the office of marriage license issuance, object to handing out licenses to gays and lesbians..

      BUT we can morally object to North Carolina for wanting to protect their women from perverts and insane folk who feel they are the wrong gender…

      Liberals KNOW no bounds in their hypocrisy!

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