I have spent my life loving and studying world history. The passing of time shows the growth and decline of incredible societies, and it is always amazing to me that humanity is able to overcome and thrive in spite of the horrific actions we take against one another.
My love of all things historical and political has made this political season a particularly interesting and painful one to watch. The issues of free speech and religious liberty are at the forefront of debate, and it is painfully apparent that America has lost its ability to debate and protest well.
To gain a better global and historical perspective of the battles for free speech and religious liberty, please consider the following:
How People Have Historically Demonstrated for Free Speech:
The Federalist Papers, America, 1788.
Arab Spring, North Africa, 2010.
How Americans Demonstrate for Free Speech:
Mike Huckabee’s Facebook Page, 2012.
How Christians Have Historically Responded to Religious Oppression:
How American Christians Have Responded to Religious Oppression:
Pat Dollard’s blog, captioned “Happy Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day: Stand Up To Anti-Christian, Anti-Chicken, Heterophobic Bigots”
Freedom of Speech and Religious Liberty are worth fighting for. People should absolutely do what they can, where they are to show their support for both. It is commendable that people have shown up to encourage a brother in Christ and to support his right as an American to state his religious beliefs without negative political backlash.
But do not be fooled into thinking anything beyond encouragement and support has been accomplished.
Keep in mind that we are “fighting” for free speech and religious liberty.
At a fast food restaurant.
Some people stood in line two hours today to show their support of free speech and religious liberty by eating chicken. According to starvation.net, 3,600 people worldwide died of starvation in those two hours.
Surely we (as in Americans, ALL Americans) can keep this in a right global and historical perspective.
So where do we go from here? Do we mistake the support or boycott of Chick-fil-a for activism and change, or do use this as a launchpad to actually address the concerns raised?
Wonderful. Thank you for always providing perspective.
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