That was the sentence handed down this week to 3 French tourists. Their offense was posing with a Bhudda statue while snapping pictures [source].
|Russian Orthodox church members have|
formed protective patrols.
Those who govern the island just miles south of India won't allow visitors, let alone new comers, to desecrate their culture. Taking one's heritage seriously seems to be the norm throughout most of the world.
Religion, a cornerstone of every culture, has come under attack in Russia.
When a dim-witted but media savvy girl band sought to disrespect Russian culture, its three members were each sentenced to two years in jail [source]. Glasnost has its limits.
Members of the Russian Orthodox are also taking the assault on their religious culture seriously. Activists have formed patrol squads to protect their interests [source].
Western cultures are heading in the opposite direction.
While Roger Williams introduced religious freedom to America -- and the world -- through a policy of tolerance and inclusion, he never intended that round table to include those who want to ban religion altogether.
Efforts by atheists, in particular, to eradicate religion from public places flies in the face our founders' intent. While crosses on corner lots and mangers on courthouse lawns may offend some, such displays do not violate the Constitution.
More recently an atheist group took to posting billboards disgracing the religious views and Mitt Romney and, they claim, Barack Obama [source].
The attack on Christianity has little to do with the theistic debate. The effort to secularize America is less an agenda against the Christian faith than a fight against Western culture. Leftists want to remove crosses from corner lots for the same reason they want to rip Confederate flags from their staffs. Such visual display serve as anchors to our heritage. That is something the left cannot tolerate.
Americans, like me, who reject all views of supernaturalism as abject silliness have nothing to gain by squashing the free speech of religious folk. My defense of America's Christian heritage doesn't stem from a pompous piety. Rather, it is a vested interest in preserving our nation's cultural heritage.
Oddly, some twisted minds have concluded that intolerance of Christianity advances tolerance of atheism and other religions. Roger Williams, I'm sure, would have disagreed.
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