Thus asks the emotionally hypochondriac Douglas MacKinnon (or, when selling a book, D. Michael MacKinnon) on equally alarmist FoxNews.com. Whether incarnated as Douglas or Michael, Mr. MacKinnon claims to have been a "writer" (not a speechwriter, a writer) for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush and "afterwards in a joint command at the Pentagon" (whatever that means). He also claims to have been asked "How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?" — which he dubs a "deeply dismaying question" — by a "friend with four young children," as they pondered "the plight of the Christian faith in America and around the world."
As MacKinnon sees it, these may not be the End Times, but they are perhaps the darkest of times, rivaled only by ancient times. "It’s as if we [Christians] are being transported back to ancient Rome," he writes. Let us recall that in ancient Rome the faithful were publicly mauled and devoured by wild animals and used as human torches to light Nero's nighttime pool parties. Such, we're expected to believe, is Ottumwa, Iowa, tomorrow.
I'm exaggerating, you say? I'm gratuitously ridiculing a good man of deep and virtuous faith? Read on. For here is a nakedly opportunistic charlatan who believes that cranking up the volume of "Christian" paranoia is the way to sell books and get himself booked on "major television and cable networks as a political commentator." I should repeat that the shrill tripe that follows is printed on the major site of FoxNews.com, which, evidently, is as shameless as Mr. MacKinnon.
"With each passing month," the "shocking question [above] becomes more relevant and even more disturbing…. Here in the United States, Christians and Christianity are mocked, belittled, smeared and attacked by some on a daily basis," he writes. By some. Somewhere, of course, the moon landing is mocked etc. by some. This says nothing, but to MacKinnon's gullible readers, it's meant to mean everything — and probably does. "This is a bigoted practice," he continues, "that is not only increasing exponentially, but is being encouraged and sanctioned by a number on the left."
The evidence of this exponential, anti-Christian bigotry? Some estimate of the "number" of leftists (as though only some leftists are non-Christians, such as the ultraconservative S.E. Cupp?) who are devoted to smears and mockery? Those are absent. What's prominent is MacKinnon's obligatory, mocking mention of Trumpian p.c. "Too many of those who worship at the altar of political correctness have deemed that Christianity should no longer be respected." I'm not even sure what that means. Does Mr. MacKinnon respect atheism? Agnosticism? Democratic socialism?
"The prevailing view in much of the media is that Christianity is aligned with Republicans, conservatives, or the views of President Trump," he asserts. Wrong. The undeniable fact — not "view" — reported by the media is that 80 percent of evangelical Christians are aligned with Trump and Trumpism, which is now Republicanism, which is routinely bemoaned by respectable evangelicals such as former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson.
Again, throughout and with no evidence whatsoever, MacKinnon wails that being a Christian "is becoming more perilous by the minute" — perilous, mind you; that Christians "are at times being persecuted, their offices and handouts vandalized"; their "members … physically assaulted"; their faith "litigated or brow-beaten into being fearful to utter the words 'Merry Christmas'" — which this agnostic regularly utters to others during the holiday season. "If you are a practicing Christian in the United States and open about it, you, your congregation and your organization will become a target of some sort. It is only a matter of time," writes MacKinnon ominously, unscrupulously, demagogically.
He then foreshadows the footsteps of a leftist Gestapo. "Will we soon have to meet with fellow Christians in secret?… Will those Christians with 'traditional' beliefs lose their jobs and livelihoods if discovered?" MacKinnon's self-profiting, self-interested promotion of a Christian Holocaust is too contemptible to riff on. He soon finishes by asking, "Why do so many on the left, in the media, entertainment and academia not practice" the Golden Rule, "that most simple, loving and humane of rules when it comes to the Christian faith?" In all of MacKinnon's dark, despicable and wholly ungrounded assumptions, does he?
And I'll finish by saying it one more time. This hysterical, exploitative garbage is on FoxNews.com. Never has a singular organization done so much to further pollute the minds of the foolish and fleeceable — and viciously divide America. Good Christians my butt.