November 29, 2015

Christians get special treatment

Theo CaldwellArchive

Surely we can agree that what Christians need most is a good talking-to from people who don't share their beliefs.

It's quite something, isn't it? The same people who spend this time of year kicking over crèches, expunging Christmas carols, and ensuring no Christian prays in public nevertheless have an ironclad grasp of what Jesus thinks about everything from immigration, to abortion, to gay marriage and guns.

People who wouldn't dream of calling Caitlyn Jenner "Bruce" or pointing out that he's not a woman (much less "woman of the year") are perfectly at ease lecturing adherents of a faith they don't even follow.

On issue after issue, Christians routinely earn a jolly good spanking for not living up to leftists' standards or for questioning the supremacy of liberal orthodoxy.

The leitmotif is that Christians are hypocritical, failing to meet moral obligations that the critics themselves do not recognize.

Of particular bemusement is the glee displayed whenever a prominent Christian is caught misbehaving, as though this reveals some previously hidden truth about the faith. But if the jackals knew anything about Jesus’ stated mission, they’d know Christianity is a religion for bad people.

If you were already perfect, you wouldn’t need it. This is why Jesus is not a Christian.

And so we endure the know-it-all smirks of media types, the insufferable sanctimony of leftist celebrities and, of course, the ubiquitous, judgey rants of angry, showerless hippies.

Speaking of which, Barack Obama called it “shameful” and “not American” to consider prioritizing refugee status for Middle Eastern Christians who are fleeing ISIS and the Syrian civil war.

Why is that? Christianity has been the most persecuted religion in the world for some time, and the treatment of Christians in Syria and Iraq has been especially vicious. If they were of any other faith, would giving them special protection be likewise ruled out of bounds?

The question of Syrian refugees has occasioned a field day for those who sneer at Christians. To wit, anyone who questions the importation of tens of thousands of people about whom we know very little and have understandable security concerns is, ipso facto, making baby Jesus cry.

Knock it off, gaylord.

I honestly don't know what Jesus would do about the Syrian refugees, and neither do you. Certainly, he would prescribe love and compassion, but how best to apply that? Is welcoming a city-sized population of unknowable people from a region rife with terrorism compassionate to those who might be put at risk?

Would the best thing for Syrians be to establish safe zones close to their home, or even to help them win their country back?

These are difficult questions, with which many good people are grappling.

But it requires an egregious caliber of self-regard to suppose you know for certain what the answer is, based on a book you probably haven't read and don't believe, and to encapsulate your high-mindedness in a cartoon on your Facebook page.

Even George Stromboulopoulos, who should be saying nothing but sorry for his weekly desecration of the formerly revered institution of Hockey Night in Canada, delivered a bizarre little lecture to the “Bible Belt” by way of that damn Kermit meme.

Revealing the quality of judgment that sees him appear coast-to-coast-to-coast each week in pajamas fashioned into suits, Snuffalupagus enlists Kermit to equate Syrian refugees with a certain other “Middle Eastern family seeking shelter, fleeing persecution” at Christmastime. Get it?

He states it’s, “hard to disagree with the facts” but then mentions that “technically” Joseph and Mary were just traveling for the census of Caesar Augustus before adding, incomprehensively, “but it adds to the poignancy of the refusal.”

Never mind that this is hipster doofus nose-ring nonsense – there’s a dig at Christians to be had so, as the kids say, I’m just going to leave this right here.

In my previous column, I mentioned the politically correct spontaneous combustion of Liberal Cabinet Minister Chrystia Freeland on Real Time with Bill Maher. I bring it up again for two reasons: First, stupidity of this sort cannot be confined to a single session of prose; second, as she is my Member of Parliament, I claim the special privilege of acute embarrassment.

In her mangled wreck of a discourse, in which she attempted to create an equivalence among extremists of all religions, Freeland noted, “The Bible says, ‘an eye for an eye.’”

Neither Freeland, nor her fellow panelists, nor even columnists purporting to upbraid her for her performance possessed the biblical literacy to know that Jesus specifically refuted that concept. This is how we got the expression, “turn the other cheek” (which the Lutherans famously adapted to, “kiss my ass”).

Nevertheless, despite knowing almost nothing about the religion, while oversimplifying and misinterpreting what little they have gleaned, the left are quite sure that whatever has gone wrong, Christians are somehow to blame.

Which of course brings us to Colorado, and the recent shooting in and around a Planned Parenthood clinic.

In the media and online, it was striking to see the clawing desperation for the perpetrator to be a practicing Christian.

Even after it was revealed that Robert Lewis Dear has no religious bent (he isn’t even a Republican!), the UK’s Daily Mail reported that a cross “was displayed outside his house.” Read their story to get a look at the “display” yourself.

Egads, it’s a pair of sticks which, if you look at sideways, yeah, kinda looks like a cross (either that, or…I got nothing, it’s a pair of sticks).

No matter – to these people, he may as well have erected a scale replica of Christ the Redeemer on his roof.

Among the most relentless accusers are former or nominal Christians, eager for the “strange new respect” of the mainstream left.

An erstwhile friend of mine, who has made a career of hopping back and forth between sides in the culture wars and sneering at whomever he disagrees with at the moment, was quick to proclaim, “Many ‘Christians’ should be deeply ashamed today.”

Mind you, this was without knowing the shooter’s religion or political affiliation – and he has none, to speak of. Based solely on the fact that he was inside a clinic of Planned Parenthood – where no staff or patients were injured – he is presumed to be Christian and his guilt is extrapolated to other adherents of what is (for now) the world’s largest religion.

Now, my old pal may be a toothache and a bore, but he is far from anomalous. The internet and the airwaves were inundated with silly-bears of this sort, complete with the tiresome, preening self-righteousness the supposedly tolerant reserve for Christians.

But you know what? Let’s give it to them. Let’s assume the shooter was a tambourine-banging, Benny Hinn-believing, white suit-wearing Christian weirdo (or, if you like, a busy-fingered pederast protected by Vatican City’s lavender mafia – whatever stereotype makes you feel most self-satisfied).

Isn’t this when the reflex to proclaim that a person’s religion has nothing to do with their actions kicks in?

Just ask John “You Name It” Kerry about all the other things that cause people to do bad things before religion is to blame.

What’s that you say? Only one religion benefits from that kind of rote, politically correct defence? You’re almost there.

It’s true, Islam inspires people to find new and exciting ways to explain away the plain truth of some of its adherents’ behaviour. But no other religion would be so swiftly, viciously, and comprehensively villainized for the actions of one believer as Christianity.

Sure, a lot of people don’t like Israel, but no responsible, otherwise employable person would come out against “Jews” immediately after an attack like the one in Colorado, even if there were evidence of a Jewish culprit.

So, while Islam is uniquely protected and cherished by those who wish to think well of themselves, it is merely first among equals. Perhaps Islam’s defenders are so eager and unequivocal in their insistence that the religion has nothing to do with violence because they’ve had so many opportunities to rehearse this line.

Among many other things, political correctness is a conscious choice to invert reality. In this case, whenever we are attacked by radical Muslims, the acceptable leftist reaction is to insist that the group most in need of protection and accommodation is Muslims.

Only Christians can be instantly blamed, and subjected to collective guilt.

To those who indulge in these daily little judgments and mass assumptions, I say the following:

I am a Christian, but not a very good one. In fact, I’m Presbyterian, which barely even counts. I’m not supposed to tell you I think you’re a dope and your worldview is mush-minded idiocy (in this way, I do the job other Christians won’t). I do and it is, but that’s between me and God.

Which brings up another point – if you knew my religion’s holy book nearly as well as your smug status updates and moronic hashtags suggest, you’d know you weren’t put on this earth to be my judge. Jesus specifically said that before you worry about the speck in my eye, you ought to take the stick out of somewhere yourself.

(Theo Caldwell is standing in the dark. This could be his last mistake. Contact him at


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commented 2015-12-09 11:22:27 -0500
Regarding Freeland and “an eye for an eye”. This concept “an eye for an eye” simply means that the punishment should fit the crime. We should not hang someone for stealing a loaf of bread. Fitting the punishment to the crime is one of the foundational concepts of justice. When Jesus spoke concerning it, he was addressing individuals seeking vengeance and failing to exercise the meekness he had just commended in the Beatitudes. He wasn’t for a minute speaking of the conduct of governmental affairs and the administration of justice by the state nor how a state should handle an influx of people who might seek to implement Sharia law in a free nation.
commented 2015-12-08 14:32:02 -0500
Some writers have claimed that Communism, Stalin, Socialism are the greatest murderers in history. Please allow me to point out that Islam is responsible for over 240,000,000 murders since its inception. Contrary to some writers, its not Islam that must play catch-up, its everyone else to be the leader in the field of religious or philosophical death and murder.

Records show that one day murderous rampages with the beheading of 20,000, 30,000 or more in a single day, boasting of how tired the beheaders are, but how they must do so again tomorrow are there for anyone to view. These killings went on through India and the Middle East. Smaller numbers of similar killing had happened in Europe.

Islam (Mohammedism) is an equal opportunity oppressor. We should all worry.
commented 2015-12-05 11:50:43 -0500
Great stuff, Theo. I was particularly pleased that you included links to Bible verses, to prove the point of why Jesus is the savior of underdogs like us. But then, this is the end days prophecy age. We should be expecting this persecution. Thank God for atheists and the unbelieving rabble who remind us how uniquely precious our faith is right now.
commented 2015-12-04 21:43:16 -0500
Religion is a personal choice. As children we are brought up in the religion of our parents .When we reach the age of reasoning, we may choose to practice another religion . If we are Christians, no one is going to kill or disown us because we change our religion. It is our choice and right to practice the religion that we personally believe in and not someone else’s belief. However, Muslims do not have those rights & freedoms ,to choose their own religion, without fearing for their lives.
FEAR IS A TERRIBLE THING. I liken it to being disabled and no longer in control.
This is when “honor” killings take place and impending hatred towards Christians, is left to fester. When we are forced, at the age of reasoning, to practice a religion we no longer believe in, life could become a living hell. IF WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR RELIGION LET NO MAN STOP US.
I am not overly religious, but I know in my heart what the right path is.
Are we doomed?
commented 2015-12-01 09:32:32 -0500
1 Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. ”
commented 2015-11-30 23:33:38 -0500
Father Lawrence Winslow;
Well said. Probably the wisest words I have read on the Rebel.
commented 2015-11-30 23:13:19 -0500
Thanks Theo! Great column. I love how this guy writes. This is thought provoking, funny, quick witted, irreverent of the liberally correct left, with a dash of truth mixed in. I feel like having this written out in calligraphy on parchment, framed in a dark mahogany, and put on the living wall. Great work.
If only I had written it!
commented 2015-11-30 22:43:17 -0500
Great article and lots of interesting posts but I too fail to see anything constructive in arguing about who’s the biggest victim. I think what’s important is who’s doing the most persecuting. I used to be baffled as to why so many left wingers, politicians in particular, with their general disdain of religion and all about human rights could be such Muslim apologists, especially considering the intolerance of their religion, culture and shariah law. Someone pointed out to me that the only thing they have in common is their hatred for Jews. I would add Christians to that explanation. Evidence for God’s existence is is all around us if we choose to look for it but evidence for the existence of Satan is overwhelming.
commented 2015-11-30 18:02:38 -0500
And before any gets upset , we all know every group of any type had blood on their hands. No total specific group of people is clean.
commented 2015-11-30 18:00:58 -0500
For total murders the grand champs are still secular communists. Even radical Islam will need about 500 years at their current pace of the last few decades to equal MAO.
commented 2015-11-30 17:59:19 -0500
Stephen how many Christians were murdered by Stalin? And Hindus are guilty of their own persecution ask some Sikhs, true numbers are not easy to come up with though, i would say Jews have had it the worst for the longest time myself. But lately it is the Christians in general.
commented 2015-11-30 11:10:12 -0500
It is always amazing how non-Christians are so willing to display their complete ignorance of the truths of Christianity when they speak against the faith. However, if these persons enjoy displaying their absolute lack of knowledge in a public forum let them do so – BUT not without public refutation.

The problem is that many Christians are totally apathetic. The reason we are in the bind we are in today with our faith is that we have hidden behind such statements as “It doesn’t matter – I know what my faith is” and the like. It is time for Christians to speak up and publicly explain the Truth of Christ and the need of Him for Salvation here on earth as well as in the afterlife as an act of love and outreach to those who are choosing the road to Hell! Jesus called us to be witnesses for Him to the whole world in word and deed! No matter how unbelievers try to muzzle us we need to keep speaking up in love. Christianity does not kill unbelievers it exhorts them to come to the Truth of the One True God!
commented 2015-11-30 09:35:38 -0500
It really does not matter what religion has been persecuted more. Really, it doesn’t!!
commented 2015-11-30 09:09:31 -0500
SPENCER MORRISON, “We tacitly condone…..” Indeed.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
commented 2015-11-30 08:51:39 -0500
Mickey Oberman – Self-righteousness as an attack against the speaker doesn’t look good on you, or for your cause. Would you agree that people of The Book are under attack? It is not as easy to become a Jew as it is to become a Christian. In the last thousand years, has there ever been a time when there have been more Jews than Christians? Christianity was spread around the world by missionaries over the last 2000 years. The motives of some are suspect, but many or most were good people with good intentions. Many died far from home and in terrible ways, but there were always others would go to the same places and try again. Could you imagine groups that would be harder to convert than the Celts and the Vikings? In recent times, how many languages now have a written form because of missionaries (and their want to translate the Bible)? How many have been educated in missionary schools?

To me, the main saving grace of Christianity is the introduction of the often radical idea that your station in birth doesn’t mean how all of your life should be lived – that each and every one of us is valued and is a sibling. Within that lay the bedrock of the banning of slavery and serfdom, and the erosion of caste systems – a huge boon to the poor of the world. Having a goody-two-shoes like Jesus as an older brother is a really hard act to follow, I mean, He was perfect. We can either try to emulate Him and lift ourselves up, or try to bring him down to our level. Throw whatever you want at Him, I know which path I want to follow. I don’t think that it’s accidental that those who follow both the old and new testament have lead the world to a shining age. Or that there are many who want to tear that down.
commented 2015-11-30 03:00:38 -0500
Christianity is obviously the most persecuted religion: 45 million Christians have been killed in the last 100 years, a Christian is martyred every 5 minutes, and 80% of all religious discrimination is against Christians (particularly in Muslim-majority countries). Many countries, like Pakistan or Egypt put Christians to death, lock them in prison etc. while others like China bulldoze churches freely.

And what is has our response been? Has there been a response? I noticed that the Economist published an article recently about the Chinese crackdown on Uighur Muslims due to recent terrorist attacks (knife-wielding men slaughtered unarmed people on a train); the backlash was instantaneous, rancorous. And yet when China arrests hundreds of Christians and demolishes literally thousands of churches, we say nothing.

We tacitly condone discrimination against Christians (and Jews) through our silence, while we explicitly denounce discrimination against other religious groups (particularly Muslims). Hypocrisy? Absolutely. Just, courageous? Not a chance.
commented 2015-11-30 01:25:45 -0500
DIRTY HARRY appreciated your honest comments akin to fellow atheist Bill Maher. Different, however, for those who have drunk the Marxist Kool-Aid.
commented 2015-11-29 22:46:39 -0500
Great article. Captures a lot of thoughts I’ve had for years. How can Christians be called hypocrites by those who know little other than Christian sound bites and part-verses in scripture usually taken out of context? What great moral code do know, or do they live by that I must adhere to that makes them great judges of Christ and his followers today?
commented 2015-11-29 22:38:24 -0500
Stephen eisenberg… Well said! Thank you!
commented 2015-11-29 22:09:51 -0500
Its sad that this has devolved to which religion is the most persecuted.

The Hindus have, for more than a thousand years, been persecuted by Muslims. Millions have been slaughtered. Muslim history details how twenty and thirty thousand Hindus were beheaded on different dates. Even today, Muslims persecute Hindus. And yes, because of their history with Muslims, Hindus persecute Muslims.

Christians have been persecuted. In the early years at the formation of the religion, there was persecution. Thousands killed, a good many went into hiding. During the Muslim invasion of Europe Christians were murdered, taken into slavery (where do you think the Harem women came from), slaughtered, and oppressed by Muslim masters.

Jews were persecuted for the past 3500 years. Romans, during its occupation of Israel, crucified over 750,000 Jews for virtually any excuse. Then came Christianity; when trying to free Jerusalem from the Muslims, the Jews were slaughtered with the Muslims simply for not being Christian. The Christians came and went, but Jews were not treated equally. In Europe, there was (and still remains) persecution of Jews first by Christians and now by Christians and Muslims. There was the extermination of 6 million Jews by the Germans and Austrians for being Jews, but not included are the Jews murdered by the French, Polish, Ukraine, Hungary, and others, doing the work of the Nazis.

Muslims have been persecuting Jews since the Jews refused to join with Mohammed. Strangely enough, it was the Jews who had offered him sanctuary when he was on the run. So much for appreciation that they saved his life. Then he reversed the situation and began a holy persecution of Jews.

So just about everyone has been persecuted at some time. Disrespecting Christianity may be a prejudice, but it isn’t the same as rampant murder. That we leave to the Muslims, who seem to take pleasure in murdering Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, and anyone not of their religion (or clan).

Remember, no other religion is so swiftly, viciously, and comprehensively villainized for the actions of one believer as Judaism. When a Jew does the same crime as anyone else, we hear how “its the Jews”. Some actually believe that Jews created ISIS. The attack on 9/11 was a Mossad (Jew) attack. The Paris attack was set up by Jews. The UK Underground attack was a Jewish plot. That the US went into Iraq was at the behest of Israel (Jews). The civil war in Syria is a Jewish plot. There is a Jewish Cabal (but no one ever points to the concept of a Caliphate) where the Jews control everything. When Jews are murdered the world collectively wrings its hands, but when Jews defend themselves the world is outraged. It goes on and on. Think about it.
commented 2015-11-29 21:28:24 -0500
Don said, “As for your other question, I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for it and commit yourself to reading the Bible, actually read it, and then find out for yourself. God helps those that help themselves…”

Don, I have. A few times now. I have a bachelors degree, BRE.
commented 2015-11-29 21:20:46 -0500
Knowing the problem is worthless without a solution. What can be done to correct the narrative and solve the problem?
commented 2015-11-29 20:59:06 -0500
Good writing again Theo and loved the video. I’m not christian but doesn’t take a very smart person to realize not only do they need the most help but also would be the most applicable to our Western ways.
commented 2015-11-29 20:25:37 -0500
I am ashamed to be a Catholic, my days are numbered. it’s heading that way.
commented 2015-11-29 20:17:15 -0500
You ask if I’ve read the entire Bible, then suggest that I haven’t…do we know each other? Because that ‘liberal tactic’ feels a little insulting…
As for your other question, I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for it and commit yourself to reading the Bible, actually read it, and then find out for yourself. God helps those that help themselves…
I will offer this appropriate Herbert Spencer sentiment, provided by PETE MOSS, to help you understand if you’re interested:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
commented 2015-11-29 19:07:29 -0500
“To wit, anyone who questions the importation of tens of thousands of people about whom we know very little and have understandable security concerns is, ipso facto, making baby Jesus cry.”

It is very hard to reconcile your mock indifference there with your genuine indifference to the fact of another murderous Christian terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
commented 2015-11-29 18:39:54 -0500
“At the travel trailer that authorities identified as Dear’s home about an hour’s drive west of the clinic, there was little to shed light on a possible motive.

“A small black cross adorns the front of the trailer…”

Hearing those voices again?
commented 2015-11-29 18:35:51 -0500
As a Christian, I make is a point to put on the ‘hypersensitive routine’ that the libs have mastered when I see people who aren’t Christian get all the benefits of Christian ethics and events. “It’s like you atheists are putting on black face makeup and celebrating quaanzah or putting a towel on you head and wanting a week off to celebrate ramadan, No!, you get off to celebrate labor day and that’s it.” It’s the only holiday that does’t have to do with Christianity, or the Founding and Preservation of the United States Consititution. Which they hate. I think we need to start telling employers that it’s profoundly insulting and racists for non-christian to celebrate OUR holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July. It’s not right. I liken it to pretenting to do an Indian rain dance. Shame on them. ;)
commented 2015-11-29 18:04:32 -0500
WOW ! I think that I will have to go back and listen to all of Theo’s podcasts .. He just stated exactly what I feel is the truth. As for Christians and Jews competing for the title of most ‘Victimized’ -- ????. The same people hate us both.