Jewish Author: Christians Face Danger in America
By Bill Hoffmann
A New York Times bestselling author is warning that Christians are in real danger of persecution - in America.
And this warning comes from a surprising source, a prominent secular Jew.
David Horowitz argues in his new book "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America," that secularists and leftists want to turn the nation into a godless, heathen society where religion has absolutely no role.
Horowitz, who heads the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles, is used to taking controversial positions. He is the New York Times best-selling author of "Radical Son and Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America."
"The war on Christianity is real, and it's right on our doorstep," Horowitz says.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax magazine, Horowitz details the perils facing our nation's religious freedoms and the efforts by conservatives of all faiths to save them.
Newsmax: Many people think of the persecution of Christians as being limited to the Mideast, Far East, and Africa, far away from the United States. But that's not true?
David Horowitz: No, it's very bad in the U.S. This war against Christianity is a war of the left, which is the Democratic Party, because Christian values are incompatible with the social justice delusions of the left. Everything about Christianity - the sanctity of the individual, the individual soul, individual accountability and equality - all these things are anathema to the left. Efforts to keep religion out of daily life continue to grow, such as school prayers and public displays of faith.
But you argue that's not what our founding fathers intended.
Horowitz: That's right. The First Amendment prevents the government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion, but the left has attacked that clause. Jefferson acknowledged a wall of church-state separation, but all that meant was the state won't make one religion like Anglicanism the official religion and persecute the other religions. The American Civil Liberties Union stood that reassurance on its head with "wall of separation between church and state" becoming a bumper-sticker slogan for leftists and secularists who want to silence religious people and marginalize their beliefs. You describe yourself as an atheist Jew.
Why would a Jewish skeptic write a book coming to the defense of Christians in America?
Horowitz: It was prompted by the murder in 1974 of a friend of mine, Betty Van Patter, a dedicated leftist and mother of three who was a bookkeeper at the New Left magazine Ramparts, which I edited. I had raised money to buy a Baptist church and turn it into a school for the Black Panthers; after Betty discovered the Panthers had doctored their books, she was raped, tortured, and beaten to death. I investigated and found the Panther Party was a criminal gang engaging in extortion, arson, drug trafficking, and murder. Still, their leaders received the support of the American left which defended the killers because they were the voices of the oppressed and champions of the progressive clause.
How does President Donald Trump fit into the fabric of American Christianity today?
Horowitz: He's terrific for America. He's a great patriot, and I think that's what inspired the Evangelicals to support him. He wouldn't have been elected without them.
What is your view of the Democratic Party?
Horowitz: It no longer respects equality. It's a racist party. White people, males, and straight males are guilty before the fact, and people of color, women, and gays are innocent, even if the facts show they're guilty.
Will the persecution of Christians be a big issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election ?
Horowitz: Oh, totally! It's going to be a huge issue. Once either [Supreme Court Justices] Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Clarence Thomas retire, and Trump nominates this Catholic woman [believed to be U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett] there's going to be a battle.
Do you believe Roe v. Wade will be overturned?
Horowitz: I hope so. This is a war. The left wants to kill babies outside the womb; they're baby killers. Their slogan "pro-choice" is completely fraudulent, because they make choices. You have to choose to have sex, you have to choose who to have sex with, you have to choose whether to use contraception or not . . . or if something goes awry you have to choose not to use the morning-after pill, or to give birth to the baby and find it an adoptive mother, or kill it. It's not about choice or reproductive freedom B.S.
You say the catalyst for writing the book was the intolerance of the left. Can you explain ?
Horowitz: Before I began writing the book and was becoming acquainted with all of the issues, I thought the persecution of Christians was a somewhat parochial issue. I [began having] sympathy for this community because the left is being so intolerant . . . Now I see it as a central battle. The country is at stake. The left wants a one-party state, you can see that. How can you have a resistance to a duly elected president ? It's sedition. It's treason, in the normal sense of the word, to obstruct a president. Everything that's running the Democratic Party today is obstructionism. You can't have a democracy if you don't accept the legitimacy of an election. I mean, that is fundamental.