Actor and commentator Chuck Norris presented a stark contrast in a column a few years back. He wrote: "Speaking for most Founding Fathers in his day, John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington himself, said, 'Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.'
"Two hundred years later, President Barack Obama has denied America's rich Judeo-Christian heritage before the eyes and ears of other countries, as he publicly declared in Turkey on April 6, 2009, 'We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation'" ("President Obama: Muslim Missionary?" Townhall.com, Aug. 17, 2010, emphasis added throughout). How times have changed!
In May 2009, President Obama "cancelled the traditional White House event honoring the National Day of Prayer, saying that he would pray only in private" (Phyllis Schlafly, "One Nation Under Government—Not Under God," July 11, 2012). Yet he has repeatedly hosted Muslim iftar dinners at the White House during Ramadan.
The Obama administration has sought to strike terminology deemed offensive to Muslims from government speeches and documents—like Islamic extremism, Islamic radicalism, jihadists, terrorists and the like. The president even stated in Cairo in June 2009, "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam whenever they appear" (quoted by Norris).
Christians do not receive the same sensitivity. Obama had earlier demeaned many among them as those who "cling to guns
or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them" (quoted in Christianity Today, April 13, 2008).
While often avoiding official mentions or acknowledgements of traditional Christian observances, the president "has released statements in honor of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, holidays which most Americans cannot pronounce and certainly do not celebrate" ("President Obama Ignores Most Holy Christian Holiday; AFA Calls Act Intentional," American Family Association, 2011).
Promoting Islam, marginalizing Christianity
The efforts of the president and others who are marginalizing Christianity while effectively promoting Islam are having an effect. In his 2014 book God Less America, Fox news radio commentator Todd Starnes points out that "while the government cracks down on public expressions of the Christian faith, they are embracing public expressions of the Islamic faith—many times at taxpayer expense. [For instance] universities across the nation are spending thousands of dollars to install foot baths so Muslim students can wash their feet before their five-times-a-day prayers" (2014, p. 26).
Starnes further points out how the rise of Islam in America has been "described as a bloodless revolution, a stealth jihad that is being waged in the nation's public school classrooms" (p. 161). How?
"A Colorado high school, for example, came under scrutiny after students were led in an Arabic translation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Instead of one nation under God, students pledged their allegiance to one nation under Allah.
"An advanced placement world geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9/11 hijackers not as terrorists but as 'freedom fighters,' according to students who were in the class.
"And schoolchildren in Indiana were required to sing a song declaring 'Allah is God' during what was supposed to be an inclusive holiday concert . . .
"Representative André Carson, a congressman from Indiana, advocated for modeling the nation's public school system after Islamic schools . . . [stating] 'America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas—in our [Islamic] schools—where innovation is encouraged—where the foundation is the Quran.' The mainstream media ignored the congressman's declaration . . .
"William Saxton, chairman of Citizens for National Security, has studied the promotion of Islam in public school textbooks. Saxton's all-volunteer organization launched a nationwide study in 2009 to root out what they believed to be Islamic bias in American school textbooks. He said they found as many as eighty textbooks that overly promoted Islam" (pp. 164-166).
Of course, this is a serious concern throughout the world. "The Daily Mail reported that research indicates that Britain may no longer be a Christian country in just twenty years. If trends continue, the number of nonbelievers is set to overtake the number of Christians by 2030. And guess what religion is rapidly gaining ground? Muslims. The Daily Mail reports the number of Muslims has surged by 37 percent" (p. 165).
A British peer named Baron Scott of Foscote, who has two adult children who've converted to Islam, stood up in the House of Lords and jovially suggested that "if an improvement is needed in relationships between the faith groups, one way of promoting that might be to encourage interfaith marriages" (BBC video, July 8, 2014). His remarks elicited chuckles, not scorn over advocating a further step toward national suicide.
Funding a war on Christianity
Sadly, the United States and other Western nations are helping to fund the war on Christianity by Muslims abroad through foreign aid to governments that persecute non-Muslims.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul remarked in 2013: "It angers me to see my tax dollars supporting regimes that put Christians to death for blasphemy against Islam, countries that put to death Muslims who convert to Christianity, and countries who imprison anyone who marries outside their religion.
"There is a war on Christianity, not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide. And your government, or more correctly, you, the taxpayer, are funding it. You are being taxed to send money to countries that are not only intolerant of Christians but openly hostile. Christians are imprisoned and threatened with death for their beliefs" ("Rand Paul's Message to Evangelicals: 'There Is a War on Christianity,'" CBN News Blogs, June 13, 2013).
One sad irony in all this is that the liberal elitists who accuse Christians of intolerance and champion the rise of Islam as a counterweight would in the end discover the Islamists to be far more intolerant of them, putting them to death unless they swear devotion to Islam—as is happening right now in Iraq and Syria.
Sadly, this is but one example of how Western nations, in their rejection of God and His values and laws as revealed in the Bible, are supporting forces that will ultimately contribute to their downfall!