Because oppressors now claim the mantle of oppression, it was not surprising that the investigation into religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy drew immediate accusations of "reverse discrimination" against Christians.
The right-wing feint of "Christian persecution," like that of "liberal media," is intended to distract from the fact that the culture war raging in America has been declared by biblical literalists against mainstream Christians, adherents of other religions, and secularists. The litany of alleged Christian oppression is expansive-- non-reproductive sex ("eliminating our posterity"), gun laws, the wall of separation, privacy and gay civil rights, AIDS research, environmental protections or international cooperation, public schools, the United Nations, teaching evolution, sex education, or "nonbiblical" roles for men and women--in brief, any perceived challenge to the right-wing political agenda is named an assault on American "Christian heritage."
Christian orthodox litmus tests of morality and faith were applied to opponents of former Alabama attorney general Bill Pryor's Appeals Court nomination, who were labeled "anti-Catholic bigots" - another way that literalists wrap their religion around their politics and claim attacks on the faithful to silence opponents. Wielding "with-us-or-against-us" rhetoric, Robertson invokes the wrath of God against such "demonic spirits" as "abortionists, gays and Democrats."Multiculturalism denigrates men of European descent and "western Christian culture," he asserted. The absence of biblical Christian teaching in public schools, Jerry Falwell declares is reason for their elimination. (More at www.theopolitics.com)