Silence

by Dr. Everett Piper

This past week John Stossel and Bill O’Reilly had a bit of a dust up over O’Reilly’s claim that there is “war” raging against Christianity in contemporary culture and that it’s obvious Christians are under verbal attack and being “diminished because [they] believe a certain way.” O’Reilly’s rhetorical question to Stossel was simple: “Aren’t you outraged by [all this]?”  Stossel’s response was, frankly, quite shocking:  “Your ‘War on Christianity,’ you’re just a 10-foot-tall crybaby… It’s not so bad.  Christians aren’t being killed.”

It’s not so bad?

Tell that to Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Oregon bakery, who faced over a hundred thousand dollars in State imposed fines because they refused to celebrate a sexual act they believed to be wrong. Tell that to Jack Phillips of Colorado and Lorraine Fleming of Pennsylvania; also bakers, who suffered the potential closure of their businesses for holding the same convictions.  Tell these people “it’s not so bad” they’re being forced to violate what they believe to be a sacrament of the Church or lose their economic viability and financial independence.

Tell photographer Elaine Huguenin she’s nothing but a whiner for appealing the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling requiring her to either compromise her religion or shut down her photography business. Tell Kevin O’Connor, the pizza shop owner in Indiana, who received threats to burn down his restaurant; tell the Houston pastors who had their sermons subpoenaed; tell Kevin Cochran, the Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired because of his Sunday school curriculum; tell Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers, who were threatened with the closure of their wedding chapel by the city of Coeur d’Alene Idaho… Tell them all “it’s not that bad.” It’s no big deal. You’re all just big “crybabies.”

Tell professors such as Mike Adams at the University of North Carolina and Guillermo Gonzalez at Iowa State University (both denied tenure because of their religious beliefs), that academic freedom is not under attack and there is no ideological “war” raging in the academy.

Tell Crystal Dixon, former administrator of the University of Toledo (a black woman) who was fired for saying she was offended by the conflation of her race with someone’s volitional sexual behavior that she should just be quiet, submit to the politically correct status quo, and that her termination is nothing to worry about.

Tell Julea Ward, a graduate student who, because of her Christian beliefs, was removed from the counseling program at Eastern Michigan University that “at least she isn’t being killed.”

I could go on and on.  The list is nearly endless. For anyone to claim that there is no war on Christians is either incredibly ignorant or evidence of complete denial.  You can disagree with their positions. You can ridicule their faith.  You can call them stupid and challenge their scholarship.  You can claim they are clinging to their God and their guns.  But to deny that Christians are presently being told to “shut up and sit in the back of the buss…” is ill-informed or, frankly, just bold-faced intolerance.

And one final world:  Silence is not golden!  It is often cowardly, calculated or even a sign of contempt.  Where is our President in the midst of this?  Where is the leader of the “FREE” world?  Christians are losing their jobs, losing their businesses, losing their careers and losing their freedom and he says nothing.  He lectures us about the Crusades rather than defend us in the courts. He seems to be as eager to serve as an apologist for Saul Alinsky as he is to apologize for Saul of Tarsus.  Christians are being enslaved, burned alive and beheaded across the Middle East and he is silent!  Christians are being threatened, intimidated, sued and sequestered in the middle of America and mums the word…

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

*Dr. Everett Piper is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (originally posted here)