Welcome to the Subculture

Well, that happened fast: In America, Bible-believing Christians are now a fringe subculture. This is from Andrew Johnson in The Corner:

On Tuesday, Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s recent comments that media attention would have pushed him away from drafting Sam. Kornheiser said he was optimistic that NFL players would be personally tolerant of Sam, though.

“I’m more skeptical,” Wilbon countered. “I think there is a component, a subculture of the religious Right, that is very influential in football — maybe not the other sports, but football — and I don’t see this going as smoothly as you see it.”

Emphasis mine. That’s an ESPN personality talking about conservative Christians as if they are some bizarre sect of kooks who should have no more influence in the culture than Moonies or people who still use MySpace.

Here’s another bit from The Corner regarding comments from one Mr. Josh Barro:

Last night, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted out a disturbing message: “Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.”

This is rather shocking. Barro is no angry blogger writing manifestos in his basement. He is a respected reporter from a prestigious newspaper that prides itself on equanimity in the face of heated debate. Yet he seems, by any reasonable measure, to be fomenting a campaign to rout out all dissenters from the sexual revolution.

Barro’s sexual fundamentalism wants any dissent marginalized and he’s not reluctant to admit that. This attitude, which is emblematic of the increasing intolerance in many sectors of culture towards those with traditional beliefs about sexuality, penalizes citizens for their beliefs.

This is the state of Christian influence in the culture now. We’re not connected to the culture at all, other than as a subculture that should be avoided and probably stamped out altogether, just to be on the safe side.

Don’t be fooled into believing that Christians have an influence on the culture just because we exist. IF we want our voices to matter, we’re going to have to fight for relevance.

One thought on “Welcome to the Subculture

  1. I don’t know. PTI pulls in about 900k viewers. That sound like a lot until you consider that “Family Guy” reruns on TBS pull in about 1.6M viewers and Duck Dynasty pulls in about 3.7M. In other words, the kooky subculture that watches Duck Dynasty is about 4 times as large as the rational mainstream culture that watches PTI. Not to diminish your concern, but I think it might be overstated.

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