First of all, let me begin by saying this, I am a sinner; I have done terrible things that I must account for and be held accountable for. There is only one worthy enough to judge me and that is, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. This is the only one I answer to, first and foremost. All others are merely out of respect and common decency.
We as Christians are not perfect people; anyone claiming to be, in my opinion, is slightly delusional. For me personally, I have never questioned the existence of God, but have certainly questioned his reasoning behind some of the events that have taken place over my life time and around me. I have heard that sometimes when you believe He has not answered your prayers, it is because he felt you needed to be led in a different direction than what you intended. Sometimes that path isn’t clearly defined, and you must really search and ask His guidance in determining that passage he has opened for you.
Christians have been under attack since the beginning of time. This is nothing new. However; over the past few decades I have seen significant and disturbing trends developing against Christians, or atrocities being committed under the name of God. I remember proudly as a youth saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and reciting “one nation, under God”, well according to the powers to be this is offensive to others that do not believe that there is a God. Prayer has been taken out of our schools, yet certain schools are now allowing Muslims to pray during their religious times. I find that truly offensive and greatly disturbing. As many of you who know me personally, I work for the DOJ, I remember we had to take down our Christmas tree that we had in our front lobby area due to the fact that we had an Atheist that was “truly offended” by its presence. How is it that us as Christians must bend to accommodate every other religion, but aren’t allowed to express our beliefs openly without personal persecution?
Then you have these so-called Christians like, Westboro Baptist Church, which hide behind God in justifying the things that they do. I understand Freedom of Speech, truly I do. Honestly, I am not sure what I would do if these so-called Christians showed up at a funeral I was at, in protest. Think I would exercise my rights as well. Just send me bail money, please, and thank you.
With all of that being said, now I will tell you what has me fired up this afternoon. A very talented woman, writer and Author, Virginia Heffernan, a writer and contributor for Yahoo, has become the center of the latest attacks from the liberal media and fellow comrades, regarding an article she posted, in which she said the following, … Also, at heart, I am a creationist. There, I said it. At least you, dear readers, won’t now storm out of a restaurant like the last person I admitted that to. In New York City saying you’re a creationist is like confessing you think Ahmadinejad has a couple of good points. Maybe I’m the only creationist I know. Virginia, please know, you may be surrounded by Atheists and hate mongrels, but you are among friends. I am now one of those friends, who will support you, and I admire you greatly for standing alone to stand above all of this chaos to admit you are indeed a Christian.
Backlash over this article has been ugly to say the least, Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan noted: “We are not saying you’re a bad person, Virginia, but you should probably expect that, from now on, when people read your musings on, say, the future of internet communications, they might stop, in a moment of gathering doubt, and recall that you are a science-phobic angel-believing climate change skeptic, and that therefore your dedication to facts is somewhat in question.” He went on to say, “This could, and should, erode your credibility, in the eyes of those elitist readers who value things that are based on “evidence.” So kudos to you for being brave enough to admit to your own hilarious prejudices again common sense.”
According to The Blaze, ”In an actual, “twitter war”, Heffernan has defended herself, though, getting into a Twitter spat with some who accused her of intellectual laziness (you can see the back and forth here). One Twitter user (@canesandbucs) wrote, “[My] new faith is that Virginia Hefferman is a clueless c**t. That, I can believe in,” copying the writer in to be sure she saw the offensive message (she inevitably re-tweeted it.)” – The Blaze
In another Twitter response, a person identifying themselves as Texas West tweeted the following, “And I bet she believes the earth is only 8,000 years old and a pair of T-Rex took a boat ride on the Ark with all the other 8,000 pairs of species…,” in response to her article.
Although, backlash to Ms. Heffernan has been negative in regards to her colleagues, a lot of support from the community has been positive. In another tweet, a person, identified only as Ester, tweeted the following, “I’m happy to say I believe the Bible. I’m not afraid to admit it, and I don’t need to be defensive about it. No, no one told me I had to believe it, I wasn’t taught that from my youth, not at all. At the age of 45, I began to study the bible. I am now 62 and I believe it is what it claims to be; given by inspiration of God.”
She went on to say, “Don’t agree with me? Okay. But there is no reason to call each other names over a difference of opinion. I am not stupid for taking God at His word, and neither is someone else for not believing that it is God’s word.”
In another article, written by, Laura Helmuth, of the Slate, captioned the article, “Virginia Heffernan’s Shameful Confession. She says she’s a creationist. Seriously.”
Interestingly enough, one of our very own, my Head Columnist and Manager here at USMC, Mr. Daniel O’Rourke, Author and Writer, have been facing the same sort of discrimination. As a former Yahoo contributor, his rights regarding his beliefs have played a role in many of his articles not being published. Also, all articles that he submitted that pertained to our current administration, more specifically, President Obama, were all denied. One could almost say that Yahoo seems to lean more towards having a more liberal based agenda. Surprise!
As I said earlier in the beginning of this article, I understand the fundamentals of Freedom of Speech, which is just one of many reasons I am here before you today. But honestly, is this what our society has become today, a Godless state? When someone stands up for what they believe in they no longer have any credibility or worth. Just because you may not believe in God, doesn’t mean that I am going to yell out that you are wrong, or call you nasty names. What purpose does this serve, if only to divide us more?