Free Speech Week is a yearly even to raise awareness of the importance of free speech in the United States. So far our government has not over-reached to the point where they tell me I can’t talk about God, Jesus, the Bible and Christian faith. I wouldn’t say that’s something I take for granted, because I still read articles about the Ten Commandments being removed from the wall of a courthouse in Oklahoma – or Wichita State University removing all the Christian religious symbols in the chapel to make it more Muslim-friendly. So, I would be mistaken to say my religious freedom and freedom of speech will never be threatened. In my opinion, it has been threatened. I don’t like it – go figure… duh! I’m offended because the core of Christianity is the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection is what my faith is all about – yeah – removing the crosses and pews in the chapel really chaps my hide!
While all people should be equal no matter what, to infringe on other’s religious rights is not fair – I’m free to say that… and just did.
As freedom of speech is a right all American’s share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.
I’m not using my freedom of speech to unite – sorry. I’m tired of being pushed around because I am a Christian.
There must be middle ground. Why do Muslims have to be so offended when they see something that does not line up with their beliefs? I mean, I have to drive past a Muslim place of worship practically every day – and yes, they drive past several churches. But to remove the crosses and pews from the chapel at WSU to make Muslim students more comfortable??? Why can’t the Muslim students just deal with it – they are in a country that is predominately Christian. Those crosses and pews will not jump out and hurt them. They need to be just as TOLERANT of my Christian belief as I am of their Muslim faith. I drive by their place of worship – I’m not going to say it offends me and demand that it be torn down. I won’t go inside, but I understand they have a RIGHT to worship as they please – in their own place of worship. Leave my Christian chapel alone.
Why can’t WSU build a separate little place to pray JUST FOR THE MUSLIM STUDENTS instead of taking away all of the things the remind me of the sacrifice that my Jesus made for all the world? If the Muslim outrage is so overwhelming – get the money from the Muslims to build it. If we are offending them so much – give in – but don’t desecrate my Christian chapel to make it more user-friendly for Muslims! I’m not trying to be ugly – I’m just disappointed in WSU because once again my faith is being squashed on campus. Do Christian students not matter to WSU anymore? We used to matter. Maybe it’s about money. I don’t know. I’ll bet if I went to their homeland – they would not make such changes if I felt uncomfortable. What is wrong with us, people??? Do we as Christians not have a backbone? Are we just going to sit back and let this stuff keep happening? I’m thankful that in America there is a week when I can let my opinions be known. I’m so thankful for my FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
No true Christian wants to offend anyone on purpose. Most of us try to walk humbly with our God and just get along with those around us – and we usually bend over backwards to make things better. All we want is for others to let us be – leave the pews in the chapel and put the crosses back up on the walls. If it’s a chapel for Christians – then those things are appropriate in there! I don’t expect everyone to believe just like I do, but Christians – we need to find our voice or we’re gonna get run over! It happened on our university campus – it can happen anywhere – trust me. Don’t we care?
Well, I’ve had my say because I’m celebrating Free Speech Week. 🙂