Said country singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood in his tee-ball interview with FOX about his new book: "... I decided to ask the question: are we still a Christian nation? Are we changing so much that we're not being the same people as we used to be? ... So it [the book] kind of support [sic] the theory that Christianity was born in the nation with our patriots." Huh? I always thought Christianity was born with Christ in the first century, but what do I know?
Greenwood continued just as stupidly, responding to the question about what he hoped for his book: "Um, well first of all I hope it brings unity. I mean, I hope it awakens the patriots of America who, uh, believe that, uh, that we are still a Christian nation. If you go somewhere in another part of the world, where in Europe or wherever, you're gonna see different faiths. But when I've [sic] always believed we're a Christian nation from the beginning."
Yeah, telling at least 24 percent of Americans that they are not patriots, nor can they be, should certainly unite us, you moron. Secondly, it's just plain stupid and wrong to remark that Europe has more religions than the U.S.! We're the world's melting pot, for God's sake! Has Greenwood ever been to New York or Washington, DC? And speaking of our history, have the Greenwoods of the America really forgotten what was the major religion of some 654,000 odd African slaves forcibly brought to the U.S.? (Hint: it rhymes with lip balm and psalm.)
Another thing. The world's three major religions all recognize the same One God, although they differ on the specifics. Does that mean, in the U.S., that Jews and Muslims can't be patriots? And I guess Hindus, Sikhs and atheists really have no chance at all.
You can say all this is kind of harmless, silly stuff by a guy who's not polished or ready to be put in front of a mike and hold forth on his views, and maybe so, but I see guys like Greenwood as the softer side of Christo-fascist bigotry that is offered up everyday on FOX and other mainstream outlets and it elicits hardly a whimper of protest. If we understood what our country was about then this squeaky-voiced twerp's asinine assertions would be challenged loudly, immediately. He wouldn't be silenced, nevertheless, the majority of polite, informed society, would never give him the time of day.
And oh, for the record: Mitt Romney is not a Christian. He's a Mormon. None of the major Christian sects recognize Mormonism as Christian. (Not that that's gonna stop white Evangelical voters from supporting Romney. And not that that makes Mormons better or worse than Christians... although some of Mormons' beliefs are really out there.... Religion is basically a club; either you're in or out, that's all.) So I'm still waiting for Lee Greenwood, Mormon Glenn Beck, and FOXNews's bleach-blonde correspondents to take on that little inconvenient fact.
May 7, 2012 | FOXNews