Is Christianity a dominant and oppressive religion?


According to a so called "non-discrimination" policy at The University of California at Davis, Christianity is a culturally dominant and oppressive religion. The policy defined "Religious/Spiritual Discrimination" in its "Principles of Community Glossary" as "The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture's religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian."

An obvious inference of the policy is that Christians are fair game to be targeted and are not protected from religious discrimination on campus because they are allegedly "culturally dominant oppressors." The policy is blatantly unconstitutional on its face as it demonstrates government hostility towards Christianity in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. But, putting that important issue aside for a moment, I submit that the policy was written by individuals with a distorted view of reality and Marxist sympathies.

You see, to radical leftists and Marxists, religion, especially Christianity, is the "opiate of the masses" and as such is a cultural enemy that must be exposed, marginalized and destroyed before the ever elusive socialist utopia can be realized. This is precisely what Stalin and Mao did with vicious ferocity. And while it may be true that Christianity was once the "dominant culture's religion," that statement is certainly not true today. The truth is that it is now "open season" on Christianity. A cursory survey of the dominant forces of today's culture, namely the media, the press, public education, and the entertainment industry clearly reveals that religion, in general, and Christianity, in particular, is more often treated with scorn, ridicule and contempt rather than supported by these leading cultural institutions. In fact, as ADF Senior Counsel David French notes, anti-Christian discrimination is an epidemic on American university campuses.

While it is true that some have distorted Christianity and have in its name done some pretty nasty things, true biblical Christianity is a peaceful belief system which seeks the common good and is tolerant of other beliefs and religions. You do not see Christians flying planes into buildings or strapping on suicide bombs and killing innocent people. In fact, much genuine good has been done and continues to be done in the name of Christianity, including the founding of our exceptional nation with our myriad of individual liberties endowed by our Creator. Among those is religious freedom which is enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a principle the Davis "non-discrimination" policy so flagrantly and ironically undermines.

There was once a time when pastors were the cultural leaders. Consider for example the bold and courageous pastor/leaders of our revolution's Black Robe Regiment. They understood what was at stake and were willing to take a stand. But today, if there is an imbalance of power it is that the new dominant elitist forces of our culture have been engaged in a multi-decade culture war against biblical Christianity in an effort to eradicate both Christianity and its influence from the American landscape.

Unfortunately far too many American pastors who have failed to lead and protect their flocks having become quiet codependents in this measurable decline of Christian influence. Too many pastors have been more than willing to retreat under the incessant cultural pressure of political correctness and hide behind their stained glass windows, waiting it out until Jesus returns. Darkness advances only as the light retreats. Christians have been retreating for far too long and it is getting dark fast.

Although the truly outrageous U.C. Davis policy was thankfully retracted recently under public scrutiny and pressure, it is yet another sure symptom of a broader cultural disease. America is at a tipping point. For the sake of our children and grandchildren Christians must engage and take their bold stand. Where is the church?

Dean Broyles is the president of the Escondido-based Western Center for Law and Policy, a non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties.

Published, April 2011