Opinion: Notion that Christians are under attack is pure bunk!

In the CNN Republican presidential debates, viewers were once again exposed to the myth that Christianity is under attack in America.

The primary cheerleader behind this myth is Baptist preacher-turned-politician Mike Huckabee, who championed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

To make matters more confused, Jeb Bush touted his record as Florida governor,  increasing the number of Christian charter schools.

Republicans too often confuse church and state, advocating that government policy should support their versions of religion.  When government rightly does not do this, they claim that Christianity is under attack.

That is pure bunk!

The antidote to this very dangerous position of combining church and state, is to look to the Middle East.  There we see what can happen when extreme religious beliefs, in this case Muslim, are combined with government authority:  off with their heads becomes a government policy.

Here in America we should know better.  People can believe whatever they want to believe, but they cannot use those religious beliefs to publicly discriminate against or otherwise cause harm to others.

Church and state need to remain separate.

Both Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush should know better, just as Kim Davis should have known better.  There are far too many conflicting extremist religious beliefs, to allow any particular belief to be sanctioned or enforced by the government.

When governments forget this, chaos and harm follow, and both church and state suffer.  Republicans beware!

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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