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Pluralism?

The idea that when a Christian citizen enters the public square, he/she must somehow conform to the majortarian secular values and abandon his religious convictions altogether to fit in, and if he wants to practice his religious faith, by which his worldview and moral values are informed, it must be relegated to private quarter, and private quarter only–betrays “pluralism” and “equality” in the true sense of the word.
When a Christian citizen peacefully dissents from the secular majority in the public square about a certain matter, because his Christian conscience tells him so, he might be called a bigot, all at the same time when the secular majority practices the same kind of bigotry they accused the Christian of. Yes, they cannot tolerate the Christian point of view voiced peacefully in public. This kind of logic is absurd, preposterous, and self-contradictory, sadly also advocated by some Christians who buy it. This reasoning somehow suggests that a Christian citizen is less of a citizen of the republic because of his religious faith, and that he must be a secular individual if he wants to engage in any kind of public debate for which the Christian is a part.
Basically, the secular majority gets to define what “pluralism” and “equality” mean, and “pluralism” and “equality’ they are clearly not!
Unfortunately, this kind of absurdity and pseudo-pluralism is something the Protestant Christian majority helped created in the 19th century America. So, quite ironically, it seems that evangelical Protestants have no other to blame but themselves for the “cultural wars” raging in America today. Alas.
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