This phrase has been bandied about for a fairly long time. From stores choosing to acknowledge other religions with Happy Holidays to ensuring that those who need it have birth control covered by the insurance they pay for, the phrase is owned by White American Christianity*. Despite being the majority religion in this country, people cry incessantly about how persecuted they are.
On Sunday we saw actual blood shed over religion. It was not White American Christians that were killed, but worshipers at a Sikh temple. CNN has infamously said that Sikhs are “unfairly targets” of Islamophobic attacks, as if to contrast it with the “fair targets:” Muslims. This terrorist’s** inability to discern between religions with certain types of PoC as worshippers is, sadly, shared with almost all the people of this country, including me.
The word “religion” has come to just mean “White American Christianity,” and it has to stop. We have to acknowledge that there are other religions out there, and they need to be given some of the spotlight dominated by White American Christianity. They need equal consideration for their faith in the law, barring, of course, any infringement on the rights of others. But, as I write this, I see people who can’t get married, or get birth control, because White American Christianity not only has a say in the law, but they basically WRITE the law. Add to this the ridiculous Sharia Law bills, and you see that the right to religion in this country only applies to White American Christianity.
The idea of calling attempts to prevent White American Christianity from completely dominating out lives a War on Religion was ridiculous before. The fact that people of a religion so few people in America actually know about (I, again, include myself) are dead from a violent attack makes the use of a term with such violent connotations as “war” in debates about fucking shopping bag signage seem like the height of pettiness.
*Note: I use this phrase because there are certain Christians in other parts of the world that do suffer violence, or legitimate violations of their religious liberty.
**(you will note the public’s hesitance to call a killer of a group of PoC that, in contrast to the immediate presumption of terrorism if the killer is a PoC)
Reblogging because I agree.