Snyder: Religious divide in NFL could strain players’ beliefs

Stephen Snyder

When watching Fox News, everyone’s favorite right-wing, Caucasian perspective news channel, I have noticed a supposed injustice being committed against Christians in the United States. That injustice is the ever-proliferating “War on Christmas.”

The complaint is that American society is conforming to politically correct ideas simply because it makes people uncomfortable or perhaps projects one religion to be more important than others, which is of course not constitutionally permitted.

The United States is an overwhelmingly Christian nation. However, that does not mean that the religion should get more or less protection and understanding from Americans than any other global and well-established faith.

While conservative Christians occupy their time taking offense to the removal of nativity scenes from local spaces (which they can put up on their own property), Christians in Iraq are being forcibly removed from their homes. Try to keep your problems in perspective.

When the construction of the Cordoba House, a Muslim community center, was proposed near (two blocks away, not visible from) Ground Zero in New York City, public criticism shut the project down before it even began. Therefore, before Christians bemoan the growing cultural sensitivity against their religious ideals, they should take the time to assess the ways they react in similar situations.

I do not associate acts of terrorism to be indicative of the Muslim community. The same can and must be said of ISIS or Al Qaeda. Every religion has its particularly radical offshoots which it would prefer to ignore. Would we want non-Americans or non-Christians to look at the Westboro Baptist Church and take those examples to represent the whole of the Christian world?

The Golden Rule, which transcends religion, but is a tenant of many faiths, asks that we treat the people around us as we would like to be treated ourselves. I think treating one another equally and without prejudice would be a great place to start.