I don’t usually write about politics here, but I just watched a little under an hour of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally on C-SPAN and felt compelled to post something.
What is the role of non-Christians in this new America?
As a Roman Catholic, I’m confident (or at least hopeful) that I will be included on Glenn Beck’s Ark. As the son of two people who moved from India to America for citizenship and opportunity, I know there are many, many people who love and appreciate America— and they do so outside Christianity. They are neighbors. They are distant relatives. They are Americans.
America is for non-Christians, too. When I say non-Christians, I mean people of other religions and people of no religion. They have just as much right to be here as anyone. Belief in America does not require a belief in the Christian God.
One speaker prayed to Jesus and asked for a return of prayer to public schools. If you can support the wish of a Christian boy to pray before class, will you be just as supportive of prayer from his Jewish classmate? Or the Muslim girl? The Hindu boy? The Buddhist girl? Boys and girls of all other religions? Of no religion? Can you support them with the same passion with which you support your own faith?
When Beck associates patriotism, freedom, liberty, and an intimate understanding of the intentions of the Founding Fathers with Christianity, he also associates (however indirectly) anti-America with non-Christianity. It may not be Beck’s desire to split America into us and them, but that is the effect of classifying Americans. When you divide America, you create others, and when you have others, they are isolated and become potential targets of misguided fear in the name of patriotism.
So, I ask again, what is the role of non-Christians in Glenn Beck’s rebuilt America? Remember, this is also their country. Beck’s pleas to work together and put aside differences in the name of America have little ground if he must first divide the country into Christians and non-Christians.