Now that the widely discussed Mayan prophecy (that Mayan descendants disputed, but I digress) predicting the end of world on December 21, 2012 has resulted in us still living and paying bills, it’s time for civilization to move on to new conspiracy theories. One of my personal favorites comes courtesy of The American Family Association. Yesterday, the conservative Christian organization reportedly sent an email warning its members that as time marches on a love of Jesus will lead to one’s own peril. And just how bad do they fear things will get for those with crushes on Christ?
According to the email, by 2060: “Conservative Christians will be treated as second-class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s.”
I was almost ready to compliment the group on their use of the politically correct “African Americans” versus some ugly racial slur – then I remembered like many right-wing fringe groups, these days bashing gays is what’s popping. Enter a past EBONY.com piece on the group’s Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fisher, who declared last summer on Twitter "we need an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households."
I imagine this group doesn’t get much color in their lives, but I need someone to pass word that it would be in their best interest to stop comparing the worries they pull out of the sky with the horrific events that actually happened to Black people.
As it pertains to the AFA’s fears about the future of the faithful: Don’t rush, baby, the Christians ain’t going no where. Slow down (sl-ow it down, yeah).
True enough the country no longer consists of a Protestant majority, though the reality is only 6% all U.S. adults are self-described atheists and agnostics while 77% of Americans continue to identify as Christians. When it comes to our political leaders, the 112th Congress consisted mostly of Protestants (56.8%) and Catholics (29.2 %). The 113th Congress, which was sworn in on January 3, does break new ground with its first Hindu member in the House and first Buddhist member in the Senate.
There’s even a new Congresswoman with no religious affiliation, though she doesn’t label herself as an atheist. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who is also bisexual, was raised Mormon, but like a select number of Americans now declares no religious affiliation. Sinema represents a meaningful albeit miniscule shift in those who now describe themselves as “spiritual” or “secular.”
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court is made up of six Catholics and three Jewish judges. The presidency is still all about the Christians, too, with Protestants continuing to get top billing.
All and all, the mass of those in power are Christian, the bulk of those who elect them are Christian, which means unless Jesus decides to take a field trip back to Earth, touch and tease people about the rapture only to say “Screw y’all, y’all don’t want to be saved!” I don’t anticipate Christianity to become the F.U.B.U. of religion.
The deeper you dig into the letter, the clearer their real concerns are.
On family: “Marriage will include two, three, four or any number of participants. Marriage will not be important, with individuals moving in and out of a ‘family’ group at will.”
As support of same sex marriage grows (even among religious groups) – with obvious signs that the lingering divide is rooted in generational attitudes about homosexuality – those who equate “the gay” with perversion worry that marriage equality will lead to more Sister Wives and Shawty Lo’s.
The separation of church and state as originally intended: “Churches will not be allowed to discuss any political issues, even if it affects the church directly.”
There will be no heir to Pat Robertson: “Christian broadcasting will be declared illegal based on the separation of church and state.”
A Sharia presidency: “We will have, or have had, a Muslim president.”
No more birth control-blocking bishops: “Groups connected to any religious affiliation will be forced out of health care.”
Future cities named after members of Destiny’s Child: “Cities with a name from the Bible such as St. Petersburg, Bethlehem, etc. will be forced to change their name due to separation of church and state.”
I don’t know about y’all, but reading all of that got me to singing Ariel’s “Part of Your World.”
Basically, these band of kooks with views of religion that scream “White racist protestant realness” are seeing signs of the country becoming more inclusive even among those who love them some Jesus and they can’t take it.
Poor them, but they shouldn’t even be this concerned: Most of them will be good and dead way before 2060. Amen.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read