The video above is a little risque and you should not watch it near young children.
One of several reasons why Father Orthoduck has left the Religious Right has been the loss of balance in the beliefs, rhetoric, and logic of those involved in many parts of that movement. The video by Jon Stewart clearly points out how all too many others in the USA view the Religious Right. There is a certain illogic in the demand for the religious freedom while, at the same time, insisting that the USA must run on conservative Christian religious principles, otherwise the Church is being persecuted. There is also a serious exaggeration of what Christians in the USA are experiencing. The reality is that we are not experiencing persecution. We are most certainly experiencing the fact that not all our opinions are being adopted as the way in which this country is run. Frankly, by and large, with a few exceptions, when the various churches strongly oppose some policy applying to them, they win.
Many of you may wish to cite abortion as an imposition upon the Church. We most certainly need to fight against abortion. But the fact that abortion exists is not persecution. No church is forced to perform abortions or forced to accept those who have agreed to or supported or performed an abortion. No church affiliated hospital or physician in such a hospital is forced to perform an abortion. Abortion is an affront to God and must be fought. But, the existence of abortion is not persecution of the Church. It is most certainly a sin and a deliberate disobedience to God. But, its existence is not persecution.
We need to stop using Nazis and Communists as examples of what is going on in this country. Frankly, we are insulting those who really suffered under Nazis and Communists. It is not surprising that a Jewish person (Jon Stewart) felt so insulted by the overuse of Nazi allusions that are present in so much of modern American conservative politics. We do not convince people that they should become Christians or that they should be partners in supporting conservative Christian views when we use rhetoric that is insulting to those who truly suffered under either fascists or communists.
Conservative American Christians need to decide what they want. Do they want a Christian country that runs according to their perception of Biblical standards, or do they wish to argue about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Having a Constitution and a Bill of Rights means that we will not win every battle. But losing a legislative battle is not persecution. On the video above a priest comments that he needs to be ready to die for his beliefs. Father Orthoduck thoroughly agrees with that sentiment as an ex-missionary who served in a country in which dying for our beliefs was a possibility. But, this is not that country. No one here will die for their beliefs, so it is totally inappropriate for conservative Christians to speak as though a disagreement is the same as persecution. We are not about to die for our beliefs. And we need to stop using persecution terminology.
Conservative Christians need to make a decision. Will they use exaggerated rhetoric that leaves them hated by those who do not agree with them or will they speak clear and simple truth in order to try to convince those who disagree with them that their thoughts are worthy to be heard?