I’m so tired of group think.
The left has gotten themselves in an uproar over comments made by Pastor Dennis Terry at a church-campaign event for Rick Santorum, and even some on the right are accepting their false premise. First, watch the video if you haven’t seen it:
Now let me ask you what was wrong with anything Pastor Terry said? Well if you ask those on the left, they say he’s telling non-Christians and liberals to get out of America. But that’s not at all what he said. Allow me to properly phrase his so-called controversial comments the way he delivered them:
I don’t care what the liberals say. I don’t care what the naysayers say. This nation was founded as a Christian nation – the God of Abraham, the God of Issac and the God of Jacob – there’s only one God! There’s only one God and his name is Jesus!
I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. I’m tired of people telling us as Christians that we can’t voice our beliefs or we can no longer pray in public.
Listen to me, If you don’t love America, If you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT!
We don’t worship Buddha! I said we don’t worship Buddah, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God. we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.
I’m gonna make this real simple. Here’s my translation of what he said:
We’re Christians and we have a right to say it, a right to pray it, and you don’t have the right to take that away from us.
If you don’t like freedom of religion, if you don’t like freedom of speech, if you don’t like our Constitution, if you don’t like the way we do things in America, GET OUT!
This is a critical distinction. He’s not telling non-Christians and liberals to get out. He’s telling people who disagree with our nation’s founding document, our Constitution, those who want to suppress the right of Christians in the public square to practice their religion, to go somewhere else if they don’t like it. Because here the Constitution is the rule of law, and it is here to stay.
After that he just affirms what we believe as Christians, taking a stand for his right to say it in the public square.
That is the proper context and meaning of what he was saying.
UPDATE: Just wanted to add, if it weren’t clear, that the reason this is important is simply because the left is trying to use their false premise, by extension, against Rick Santorum.
UPDATE 2: Just for clarification of his last comment quoted above “We don’t worship Buddha! I said we don’t worship Buddah, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God. we worship God’s son Jesus Christ”, he’s not talking about America in that emphatic statement. He’s talking about Christians. Remember, he’s a pastor speaking in a church full of Christians.
It’s a statement of affirmation of belief in the face of hypocritical intolerance. He doesn’t like being silenced, especially in a country that was founded on the basis of Christianity, when other religions are tolerated more. Inferred here is a cultural war on Christianity and not other religions.