AFP on the widespread belief that there is a war on Christianity in America:
Life has gone from bad to worse since Donna Sturdivant’s husband was laid off four years ago and now the thing which brings her comfort — her faith — is under threat. “We’re starting to see our religious freedom taken away. Our Christian faith is being stepped on. Like kids in the schools — they can’t talk about God,” Sturdivant, 60, told AFP. “There’s something wrong in America.”
At a recent rally in Wisconsin, Rick Santorum painted the upcoming election in stark terms: “The lights of freedom may well go out if we don’t win this election.”
Barry Dean, who like Santorum home schools his many children, is also deeply concerned about the direction of the country. “Christians are persecuted in many other countries and I think this is the next one,” said Dean, sipping a soda after the rally. Just a few decades ago, Dean went to a public school where the Bible and the Ten Commandments were proudly displayed. Abortion was illegal. Gays were closeted.