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Christianophobia Is the Socially-Accepted Slur

Christianophobia Is the Socially-Accepted Slur

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

These days it’s fine to wear a woman’s private parts hat in a parade, go nationwide claiming you had a one-night-stand with the president, or deliver an academic paper wearing nothing but your BVDs, but it’s Katie-bar-the-door if you’re photographed praying in public.

Fox News shares the story of Frank Somerville, a broadcast journalist with KTVU in Oakland, California, who posted a photo of a group of teens praying and all hell broke loose — so to speak. It started when one of his viewers sent him a photo of her daughter and friends who were holding hands and praying before eating their pre-prom meal.

Somerville posted the shot on his Facebook page, along with a caption from sender, Noelle Smith, “I want to share a picture of my daughter and her friends from prom night. Now with the stories today about teenagers and tide pods and condoms gathering headlines — this picture speaks for itself. They all said Grace before eating and were all well behaved.”

Judging from the ensuing uproar, one would think the kids were all wearing MAGA hats and had marched into a Starbucks demanding to use the bathroom.

In a statement brimming with internal contradictions, one social media sniper wrote, “I see well behaved people doing terrible things, misbehaved people who just take care of someone in need. Being a [C]hristian doesn’t mean they are well behaved.”

And another quick-on-the-judgement-trigger hall monitor fumed, “Saying grace over your food says nothing of your moral compass, integrity or character ... Behaving well at a restaurant while in your late teens, and being considerate to people, should not be Facebook praise worthy.”

The furor this generated caused me to wonder, why are these critics so defensive? If the teens had gone around the restaurant demanding all the patrons join their prayer that would be something entirely different, but to simply pray quietly before the meal appears to generate a completely disproportionate response from people who weren’t even in the restaurant.

What all the comments overlook is the teens were making a statement of thanks while simultaneously putting themselves on the spot. If they had prayed and then spent the rest of the dinner cursing, yelling, throwing food, and stiffing the wait staff on their tip then they could rightly be criticized as hypocrites. Publicly avowing that you’re a Christian and then acting like pagans should result in public displeasure.

Indicating that you follow Christ and then acting like it shouldn’t result in public attempts to shame.

I think Somerville had the best response. He said he was “surprised by how many people took offense.” His reason for posting the photo was a good one, “What I took from the picture that that by saying grace on their prom night, it showed that they have qualities that I admire, qualities like respect and appreciation.”

Respect is one quality the negative attackers might consider adding to their repertoire.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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