The liberal progressive Salon.com weasels its readers with the headline “Are Evangelicals a national security threat?”—a question it had no intentions of really answering.
Instead, it’s a rhetorical jibe based on data from two recent polls:
Earlier this year, a Gallup poll illustrated . . . that Muslim Americans are one of the most — if not the single most — loyal religious group to the United States. Now, comes the flip side from the Pew Research Center’s stunning findings about other religious groups in America (emphasis mine):
American Christians are more likely than their Western European counterparts to think of themselves first in terms of their religion rather than their nationality; 46 percent of Christians in the U.S. see themselves primarily as Christians and the same number consider themselves Americans first. In contrast, majorities of Christians in France (90 percent), Germany (70 percent), Britain (63 percent) and Spain (53 percent) identify primarily with their nationality rather than their religion. Among Christians in the U.S., white evangelicals are especially inclined to identify first with their faith; 70 percent in this group see themselves first as Christians rather than as Americans, while 22 percent say they are primarily American.
First, note that these are polls. Conclusions are based on what these interested groups say they believe, especially in reference to Muslims. When asked by an official poll which they know will be published and reflect on Muslims in the U.S. in general, they say they put the U.S. first.
From what we know of Islam in general, and especially the reactions of human nature when under suspicion, we can hardly take an “Oh yes sir, I put America first, always, all the time, indeed, uh huh” at face value.
Secondly, the Salon author obliviously strains this brilliant data to find a “double standard”:
If, as Islamophobes argue, refusing to assimilate is defined as expressing loyalty to a religion before loyalty to country, then this data suggests it is evangelical Christians who are very resistant to assimilation. And yet, few would cite these findings to argue that Christians pose a serious threat to America’s national security. Why the double standard?
Yet he sees the obvious reason why:
Because Christianity is seen as the dominant culture in America — indeed, Christianity and America are often portrayed as being nearly synonymous, meaning expressing loyalty to the former is seen as the equivalent to expressing loyalty to the latter.
Exactly: the predominant culture of this nation has been, historically, Christian. To “assimilate” at all means to assimilate to Christian values in general.
But, in true leftist style, he builds this into a straw man: “In this view, there is no such thing as separation between the Christian church and the American state.”
But in reality, it is the leftists above all who desire using state power to enforce their values on an unwilling culture. While Christians expect cultural assimilation, people more loyal to the political state first—Muslims and liberals—are more interested in power first. They want to impose their values on culture by force rather than build up a culture from the family, values, and grass roots.
This is why leftists like Salon.com don’t really mind Muslims right now, but see Evangelical Christians as a threat to national security—their version of national security.