Last night a friend on Facebook posted that they want our leaders to make Islam illegal. I posted a comment in response, but small comments are not enough to sum up the problem with this idea. Of course, the main issue with this idea is the fact that this country has freedom of religion as a basic right. It goes against the ideas upon which the country was founded to even consider this. Unfortunately, it appears people don’t care about constitutional rights, so lets look at another reason this is a slippery slope you don’t want to consider.
Let’s say we do make Islam illegal. Those who pushed for it are happy for a while, but then notice there are still people practicing Buddhism, Hinduism and other non-Christian religions. Obviously, making Islam illegal was not enough. We need to rid ourselves of these as well, so we outlaw all non-Christian religions.
But wait. We still have all those pesky atheists in the country who refuse to believe in God. This is also a threat to our dream of a Christian nation. What do we do? I got it. Let’s make that illegal as well. That should take care of it.
Uh oh. There are some religions out there that say they are Christian, but I think they are too out there to really be Christian. We don’t consider Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons to be real Christians. And what about the Amish? I don’t know what to think about them. Better make all of those illegal just to be safe.
Hmm. I’m not sure what I think about Catholics. They have a pope and priests and saints and all this stuff that MY church doesn’t have. That makes me uncomfortable. They may not be real Christians because they don’t do things the way I do. Let’s go ahead and get rid of that as well.
Hmm. There are other denominations out there who do things different from me. Can we just make all churches but mine illegal? I would be much more comfortable if everyone believed exactly as I believe.
Still don’t see a problem? replace yourself in the scenario with someone in charge who believes your particular brand of Christianity isn’t exactly right. Now do you see the problem?