Sophia A. Nelson: Christians in America Are Tired of Being Punished for Their Beliefs

Joe Kennedy, a former high school football coach in Bremerton, WA, was fired from his job in 2015 after conducting prayer sessions at the 50-yard line. He sued his school district in a case that was ultimately decided in his favor by the US Supreme Court. (AP)

It may seem radical to say it these days, but it’s true: America is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values. Words from Scripture are inscribed on our money and our most hallowed institutions, including Congress, the US Supreme Court and state capitols everywhere. Our Declaration of Independence acknowledges our “Creator” as the being from whom all our rights flow.

This does not mean that other religious groups are not welcome in America. Of course, they are. People who practice no religion at all are also welcome.

But while the First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion, we are no longer a nation that fully supports the right to hold or express Judeo-Christian views.

I have experienced this first-hand. When I was the scholar-in-residence at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., I proudly and openly identified as a Christian woman of color. In October 2021, I criticized DC Comics for making Superman’s son bisexual, saying in a tweet, “I don’t get why this is necessary. I don’t! What if Christian parents of children reading comic books don’t want their kids exposed to bi-sexual characters? This is being pushed on kids.”

Straight away, my private tweet was brought into my public university workplace, and my Christian faith was attacked as a “cover for my homophobic views.” I was deemed “homophobic,” “unsafe” and “violent” by an openly bisexual faculty member, who then incited colleagues, university officials and students against me. Students at my college protested and demanded I be removed from my post, and despite the fact I deleted my tweet, wanted to hold a campus forum to discuss the matter, and twice expressed regret for causing offense, I was sidelined for the remainder of my tenure, and was told I would not be invited back to teach or otherwise.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Sophia A. Nelson

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