My purpose in this post is not to comment on the merits or demerits of the planned burning, but to make plain that once again there are massive double standards being employed. Conservative Christians, and Catholics in particular, regularly find our beliefs and sacred symbols mocked. For examples:
- Locally, in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, politicians unabashedly in the back pockets of NARAL have imposed onorous requirements upon Christian pregnancy centers for the sole purpose of burdening them. See this blog's archived December posts for greater detail.
- Last week, Archbishop Chaput of Denver outlined some ways in which civil government is attempting to muzzle Christians as they express their beliefs.
- Students in public schools are routinely harrassed by school administrators for wearing pro-life and Christian tee shirts, although they contain no "graphic" pictures. They are vindicated only when legal redress is sought and obtained. See here and here.
- Who can forget the stunt pulled by atheist professor PZ Myers from the University of Minnesota when he, with great fanfare, drove a nail through a stolen Consecrated Host? Oh, by the way - with that same nail he impaled several pages of the Koran (an "equal opportunity" lout). Sadly, that drew not one peep from the local bishop, but that's its own story.
I for one have had enough of politically correct double standards. While I see no merit in what the Dove World Outreach Center plans to do, I look askance upon all the kvetching that the liberal elites are spewing forth on one hand as they treat traditional Christians like dirt with the other hand.