Last Sunday I was reading the article, "Can America Be Called A Christian Nation?" in the La Canada Valley Sun when I actually did a "spit take" with my coffee as I read the commentary by The Rev. Bryan Griem [of ].
Reverend Griem states that in a Christian nation, "pregnant women would not murder the offspring they produced from their wanton lifestyles." Seriously?
It does simplify an extremely complicated issue to assert that all women who become pregnant out of holy matrimony are wanton. If I were a young woman in his congregation and found myself "in trouble," I would be really afraid of going to The Reverend for guidance in case he made me go all Hester Primm and wear a Scarlett W (Wanton!) on my choir robe.
Also spit-take worthy is his statement that, "gay pride would be an oxymoron." Once my husband told me what oxymoron meant, I was pretty incensed. It's a bit of a hint into his beliefs that he lumps homosexuals in with fornicators, the porn industry, and murderous pregnant females. I'm going out on a limb here but I'm guessing he thinks homosexuality is a sin.
Most egregious is saying that President Obama was not elected by a Christian nation. I'm pretty sure Christians voted for Obama because the last I checked, he won by a majority of the vote (including a slim majority here in La Cañada) and the majority of people in America are Christian. It's just math.
He states that our founders had in mind a nation built upon Christ. That may be, but they did not have in mind a government built on Christ, hence that pesky separation of church and state thing.
He then goes on to describe a Christian nation that in my opinion would make America a pretty intolerant and exclusive country. Thus described it is not a country I would like to live in, but I guess I can just settle for not attending his church.