‘Christian Supremacism’ and the U.S. Presidency blasted at Parliament of World Religions

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Who’s to blame? Christians, minorities or Muslims?

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The Parliament of World Religions has made it clear that it is disappointed at the anger which divides Americans.

There has been an abundance of workshops trying to combat U.S. issues. One session held November 2 called ‘Faith, Secularism and Democracy’ has made a bold claim of the source of the threat to religious freedom and secular democracy. Presenter Jaideep Singh has claimed the source of the danger is Christian supremacy.

He expanded on that by explaining how worrying the rise of Christian supremacy is in the U.S. He has also claimed President Trump has triggered fears of discrimination among Christians.

Singh chimed in with a poll showing white American evangelical Protestants believe there is more discrimination against Christians compared to discrimination against Muslims.

Singh explains this by saying Christians are feeling threatened because religious minorities are beginning to ask for the same rights Christians have enjoyed for so long – the right to practice their faith. He expands on this by saying Christians should be allowed to practice their faith, but in conjunction, they shouldn’t force their extremist structures on all Americans.

Jaideep Singh says that religious minorities feel like they don’t belong when there’s an insistence of having only Christian prayers in schools and legislatures. The importance of Christian holidays over other religious events and using just Christian Scriptures in day to day life worries him too. He has also blamed the U.S. media for its ignorance of white hate.

Bruce Knotts, who is a director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations office, has an interesting opinion on the hate which is displayed by some Christians. He has suggested their hatred comes from believing in a God who punishes some and rewards others in the afterlife.

His two cents are that if Christians stop worshipping a God who punishes, Christians might become more loving. In addition to this, he said no one should be killed for who they are and what they believe.

Michael Reid Trice has said Americans want to blame a leader for their problems, but he believes Americans have done this to themselves. He concluded by saying America has missed the mark of healthy pluralism.


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