So there’s the brouhaha over the monument to the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building. CNN posted an interview with people from both sides.
First, without my identifying them for you, just looking at their pictures — can you guess which one is the Christian?
…That’s right, the angry-looking fellow on the left is the Christian. Now I don’t know him at all; this may simply be an unflattering photograph of him. That’s not the point. The important thing is that these are the pictures that were posted on the web site: an angry-looking white man vs. a noble-looking olive woman. Even their names are interesting: “The Rev. Pat Mahoney” and “Ayesha Khan”. They come from different worlds.
This is the current perception of Christians: White. Male. And angry.
My unsolicited (and unwelcome) advice to the staunch defenders of the faith in Alabama is: get over it. The post-Christian cultural shift may have happened sooner in California than in Alabama, but either way, it is inevitable. And you know what? It’s not all bad. The sooner you let go of “the way things ought to be”, the more you open the doors of the kingdom of God to all people.
As for Ms. Khan, well, I have my beef with you, too. I don’t mind you supporting separation of church and state. I definitely want our court system to be a place that Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, and atheists feel is theirs. But you say, The Ten Commandments are a holy document. They are a sacred document. They are personal. Woah, “personal” meaning what? Religion has no place in shared society?