Christian Man Claims Native American Statue On License Plate Violates His Freedom Of Religion, Sues Oklahoma

AUTHORRIKA CHRISTENSEN 10:30 PM

A Christian man has won the right to sue the state of Oklahoma on the basis of freedom of religion, due to its depiction of a particular sculpture on its standard license plate. The picture, which is of the statue known as “Sacred Rain Arrow,” was sculpted by the late Oklahoma artist Allan Houser, and is part of Oklahoma’s heritage. However, the plaintiff, Pastor Keith Cressman, argued that having the plate on his car implies that he approves of belief systems that run contrary to Christianity.

The lone dissenting opinion in the 10th Circuit Court’s 2-1 ruling said that Cressman did not successfully prove his case that the image promotes pantheism, animism, and other types of belief systems, and that people in general were not necessarily likely to perceive the image the same way as Cressman. The majority opinion stated otherwise, and noted that Cressman’s only option to the standard plate was to purchase a more expensive novelty plate, making this an infringement on his religious freedom.

 

Cressman originally filed the lawsuit in 2011, and saw the case dismissed. However, in 2012, the 10th Circuit reinstated it, giving Cressman back his lawsuit.

This is quite typical of Christians who seem to think their freedoms are under some type of massive attack in the public sector. Texas governor Rick Perry recently signed a bill into law allowing public schools to display “traditional” Christmas symbols, saying, “Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion.” While the bill does appear to make attempts to encompass winter symbols of all faiths, government endorsement of faith, any faith, violates the Establishment Clause.

Kentucky’s governor recently vetoed a bill that would have, more or less, allowed people to ignore laws they felt were in contravention of their religious beliefs. This bill was in response to increasing opposition to granting the LGBT community the same rights against discrimination that everyone else is supposed to enjoy, but the vague language would have allowed people to do what they wanted solely on the basis of a “sincerely held belief.” Washington State is currently working on a similar law.

Running a search in Google for “Christian oppression in America” turns up lots of results debunking the idea, but also some results explaining just how American Christians are losing their freedoms and being subject to persecution. Rep. Stan Lee, of Kentucky, cried that “they” were trying to take God out of everything, and pointed to the Pledge of Allegiance as an example of that and asking, “You don’t think your religious freedom’s under attack?”

Then there’s David Brody, talking about how people who stand up for Biblical values and traditions (specifically, traditional marriage) are ridiculed more than those in the LGBT community, and that evangelicals are becoming a scorned minority, the way that gays “used to be.” (They still are in many circles.)

One has to wonder what Cressman, and others, would have done had Oklahoma’s plate had an indirectly Christian symbol on it, and an atheist, a Muslim, a Jew, a Pagan, or just someone who saw the wrongness of it, tried to sue on the basis of freedom of religion. It’s likely that they would be screaming about how the lawsuit was just another example of people trying to force their beliefs onto Christians, and how so-called Christian persecution in America is worsening.

 

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Comment by Gallup's Mirror on June 17, 2013 at 8:58am

Running a search in Google for “Christian oppression in America” turns up lots of results debunking the idea, but also some results explaining just how American Christians are losing their freedoms and being subject to persecution.

The term "Christian oppression is America" is a euphemism for what John Adams called the "tyranny of the majority". Christians elevate their own interests above those of non-Christians, nurtured by the false notion that democracy justifies a special status for themselves and the oppression of those they outnumber.

The delusion of a special elevated status and justifiable oppression has become so powerful in the minds of some Christians that any attempt by non-Christians to claim full equality in the eyes of the law-- which we have already under the Constitution-- is seen as oppression against Christians. This is patently absurd.

Exhibit A.

Rep. Stan Lee, of Kentucky, cried that “they” were trying to take God out of everything, and pointed to the Pledge of Allegiance as an example of that and asking, “You don’t think your religious freedom’s under attack?”

Christians use their political power to insert the words 'Under God' into the formerly secular pledge; unconstitutionally excluding non-believers, turning them into outsiders, and claiming the nation for believers. So they oppress us by requiring state-mandated, teacher-led, religious indoctrination in public schools, and then describe our efforts to remedy their oppression-- remove the offending phrase they put into the Pledge-- as though we are attacking them.

Exhibit B.

Then there’s David Brody, talking about how people who stand up for Biblical values and traditions (specifically, traditional marriage) are ridiculed more than those in the LGBT community, and that evangelicals are becoming a scorned minority, the way that gays “used to be.” 

The scorned, oppressed minority Christians all across America use their unrivaled political power to change the constitutions in 31 states to redefine marriage as between one man and one woman. Why? They had to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples, because by the law as it stood, arguably every couple had it all along. Then they bemoan the LGBT community, which was powerless to stop them, for redefining marriage.

None of the claims of "Christian oppression in America" stand up to scrutiny. It's the usual crop of Christian crackpots expressing the same tiresome outrage whenever they're not allowed to inflict upon the rest of us whatever injuries they want.

Comment by _Robert_ on June 17, 2013 at 10:38pm

So many Christians, so few Lions.

Comment by Ray R. on June 18, 2013 at 12:02am
The belief that Christians are persecuted in this country is equivalent to believing one can extinguish the recent California wildfires by spitting into the flames .
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 18, 2013 at 10:04am

Great article Rob...thanks.

Comment by Barry Adamson on June 18, 2013 at 11:30pm

Comment by Warren on June 19, 2013 at 10:17am

Another example of lunacy of so called "christians". America is not Burger King, you can't expect to have everything your way.

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