So who’s being picked on in the Tragic Kingdom? If you believe the Fox News and talk radio, there’s a “War on Christmas” and if you ask the left, there’s a “War on Women”. . . While I have every faith that the wrong people in the world are making choices about women’s health (men, for example), it is the usage of the word “war” that bothers me.
It makes me think an awful lot about the idea that people seem pretty put-on by everyone about everything. Christians, according to Pew, comprise 79% of the population, but if the radio is any indications, it is impossible to be a Christian in America without the ever-present thumb of oppression pressing down on you. That being said, it would seem, in my research on the subject, that atheists feel the same level of oppression from the religious majority. . .
So, what is the source of this victim mentality? I originally thought it was merely a ploy to increase revenue or was a function of religion itself, but in the light of all these “wars,” I have to think that there is something else behind the perception of oppression.
Over the course of the year, I would like to re-examine the nature of the feeling of being oppressed. I would love to have the feedback form all sides of this. I would like to know why you feel that you are picked on, who picks on you, and what it has cost you to hold your beliefs. . .