America’s Civil War stands as a haunting reminder of what can happen when a nation faces issues within its own borders that are so polarizing that it can turn brother on brother, family on family, and countryman on countryman. Many people have questioned whether another civil war in America is imminent or even possible. Some believe it is just around the corner, as we have reported on many times before, and some believe that the country is just simply too diverse and facing too many different issues to ever bring it to such a conflict again.
So, we at Common Sense Conspiracy were brainstorming about what kind of issue could arise to truly polarize America to the point that such a conflict may be the only resolution. Then, we heard about the “America for Jesus” rally in Philadelphia, and after seeing some of Pat Robertson’s comments, we decided to take a few minutes to analyze what may be the deepest rift in this country today.
No, it’s not Democrats and Republicans, believe it or not. The biggest division in America today is Christians versus everyone else. As laws move to further distance the United States from being associated with the Christian religion, the battle lines are being drawn. Every day in the news there are more articles being published outlining one side or the other flexing its political muscle. The recent uproar about the University of Tennessee football team praying before its games is one such example. Atheists wanted the praying stopped because they don’t feel like they should have to be exposed to it. If you could take the temperature of a nation, that pretty much sums up where it is at. Christians feel they are being rooted out, while atheists believe that it should be eradicated, at least as far as they can tell when they venture outside their homes. And then there’s other religions in America that are being forced to take a side. And slowly, the Christians are becoming outnumbered, as other religions lump together with atheists to overshadow the Christian voice.
Pat Robertson insists that the United States is a Christian nation. This may be true or not true, depending on how you look at it. Certainly, Christianity still is the majority religion in the country. If you look at it that way, yes America is a Christian nation. But if you are talking about ideologically being a Christian nation, it’s a totally different story. After all, the United States was founded on the idea that all religions should be tolerated and allowed to worship in their own way as they please. Yet, the atheists often get bent out of shape when America is referred to as a Christian nation, but they also move to stop Christians from practicing their religion in public places, which therefore goes against the whole concept of freedom of religion to begin with.
Do atheists want to round up Christians and kill them in the streets? Of course not. Well, at least most of them don’t. Do Christians want to monopolize the country and control everything? Well, maybe, but not in so many words. But did people from the North really want to kill the people from the South in the Civil War? Ideology can bring a very dark side of humanity out, and we can see a scenario in the future where this could lead to violence and bloodshed. Christians are becoming increasingly discriminated against, at least in their own approximation, and how many of them if rallied by the right leader would be moved to fight for their rights and the direction of the country?
Christianity is a religion of peace. Anyone that has given the New Testament of the Bible at least a once-over knows that much. But that doesn’t mean that many atrocious acts have not been committed in the name of Christianity, and there is no reason to think that more won’t occur in the future. Will atheists and Christians be the polarizing situation that brings America to its knees?
It actually bears an eerie resemblance to the Civil War. The Southern United States tends to be more religious as a whole than the North. Could Christians in the North start to migrate south to get away from persecution? Could we then see a situation where the South once again tried to claim its own status as a true Christian nation and secede again?
And would the North care? Is there enough drive in the United States to keep this nation together if there were no economic relationship requiring it to be so? Times are different now, and the South is probably not as important as it was during the Civil War to the overall health of the nation. After all, the South consistently dominates lists of the poorest and least educated in the United States.
We don’t believe that any such conflict is imminent, but the Civil War didn’t spring up overnight. The issues that eventually led the nation to the brink of disaster grew over years and years, not weeks and months. What do you think? We want to hear you opinions, Christians and atheists alike.