Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Wait a Minute, What? Department of Second-Class Citizens

Think Progress picks up on an excited appeal from a Christian group which promises that you'll  lose it all if you don't sign up with us right now.  Unless you act promptly, they warn, then by the end of  50 years all kinds of dreadful things will have come to pass.  As for example: "We will have, or have had, a Muslim president."  Italics added, and spend a moment parsing that one out--cute, eh?

But the one that catches my eye is:
Conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
 Italics added again.  And what is so special here?  Ah, note that we have an implicit recognition that African Americans were treated as second class citizens prior to the civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

 Now, I don't want to go overboard here.    i recognize that there are conservative Christians who are advanced,sometimes even ahead of their time, on issues of race relations.  But can anyone identify any other case where a prominent conservative Christian organization flat-out asserted the proposition that African-Americans were in fact treated in so scandalous and immoral a manner.

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