How secularism is attempting to abolish the truth
in our culture
AFA Journal interviewed author David Limbaugh about his new
book Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity.
See review below.
What is the main premise of your book?
The idea is that Christianity is disfavored in our popular culture,
which feels free to impugn Christians, discriminate against them,
show intolerance toward them, and suppress their religious liberty,
all the while touting tolerance. These are the very people who scream
the loudest in support of religious liberty.
Why this particular topic?
As a syndicated columnist and observer of current events, I would
constantly run across examples of discrimination against Christians
and an effort to scrub away Christianity from the public square,
and to replace Judeo-Christian values with anti-Christian values.
I would see examples of that day after day in the news media and
I thought it represented a systematic pattern of discrimination,
as part of a larger culture war against Christianity.
I thought it ought to be documented in a book, as opposed to just
writing column after column about it. I wanted to show that there
were enough examples on a broad enough range of venues to indicate
a systematic pattern of discrimination.
How did you become involved in the culture wars?
I became a Christian about 15 years ago, and had been a political,
economic and social conservative before that, and I had bemoaned
the loss of the values in our culture and the fact that secular
humanists have been trying to take over. I really believe that Judeo-Christian
values are at the root of all of our liberties, they are at the
root of the kind of society that we have, and to the extent that
those values are undermined, our entire library of liberties will
implode and the type of society that we live in will disappear.
My book wasnt for the purpose of declaring myself an activist
in the culture wars, but it was to issue a clarion call to Christians
and other lovers of liberty that they should wake up and realize
that their values and religious liberties are under assault, and
if they dont do something about it, the situation will get
worse and eventually we will lose the very type of government that
we have. Ironically, our nation is the freest in the history of
the world precisely because of its Judeo-Christian roots.
Why do you suppose Christianity has been singled out for discrimination
while deference has been shown to other faiths?
Christianity stands for moral absolutes, and we live in a postmodern
culture which champions the notion of moral relativism. In fact,
it even champions the notion that truth itself is a social construct.
So postmodernists abhor moral absolutes.
There are other religions which subscribe to moral absolutism, such
as Islam and Judaism, but Christianity is perceived as the majority
religion in this country. Those who would like to have their values
prevail in the culture have to go through this Christian majority
first. And so Christianity is the enemy.
On a spiritual level they are against it because the truth divides,
and I happen to believe Christianity is Truth with a capital "T."
I think those who are followers of the Lie have an allergy to the
truth, and have an aversion and a hostility to the truth. So they
gravitate to a position that is militant against Christianity.
What would you say to those who argue that, as the dominant religious
group in the U.S., Christians are absurd to claim persecution?
It is absurd to say that a majority cannot allow itself to be discriminated
against look at South Africa [during apartheid], look at
women in this country. Majorities are discriminated against all
And we dont have to talk about theories or possibilities or
potential here. I have evidence in the book some 800 footnotes,
and I could have had twice that many if people were able to digest
an 800-page book which demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt
that a systematic pattern of discrimination is going on against
Christians and Christianity.
Since we live in a pluralistic culture, how can we return to
one that is faith-based?
As much as some Christians dont like to do this, we have to
fight in the political arena, because we have to have a climate
of political and religious freedom in order to even evangelize,
and to honor the Great Commission. So while some Christians want
to sit on their moral high horse and say, This is a spiritual
battle, we should not dirty our hands in the world of politics,
I say its a good thing the framers of our Constitution did
not subscribe to that passive worldview. They believed that they
had a duty to implement protections and safeguards in our Constitution
against encroachments against religious liberty.
But I also think Christians have to demonstrate a Christlike example
and be salt and light, and we have to try to evangelize through
our conduct, and how we live our own lives. Its one person,
one soul, one convert at a time, and it is not going to be an easy
fix. And it may not even happen. While I am not an alarmist, and
I dont think the sky is falling yet, I am also not confident
that we can turn it around. Im optimistic, but I realize that
it is an uphill battle because our culture is so violently opposed
to Judeo-Christian values that its going to be tough to turn
I do see an increased polarization in our nation. Some people say,
Well, I see a revival going on. I see a return to a faith-based
society. Well, I see that, too, but I also see on the other
end of the spectrum an increasing extremism against Christianity.
So thats why I say I think were becoming increasingly
How can we expect to reinvigorate the culture when major Christian
denominations, like the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist
Church, are in chaos?
One of the primary places that is under assault in this country
is the church, and of course, what better place to undermine Christianity
than at its heart. Thats been going on, and weve seen
a corruption in our theology, a slipping away from the truth, from
Scripture, and a corruption of our church hierarchies.
If we dont clean up our churches, we dont have much
of a chance to clean up the culture proper. Any long-range solution
has to begin with taking back the churches for the truth and the
Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against
DAVID LIMBAUGH, AUTHOR REVIEW BY ED VITAGLIANO
Its enough to make your blood boil. In the name of diversity,
tolerance and, perhaps most hypocritically, religious freedom,
secular liberals are in the midst of a systematic attempt to erase
the Judeo-Christian foundations of our country.
Thats David Limbaughs thesis in his book, Persecution:
How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity (Regnery,
2003). It is a tome that is filled with more than enough documentation
to prove his case.
And proving cases is part of what Limbaugh does. The brother of
popular radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, David is a lawyer
in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. And hes a syndicated columnist
and the author of Absolute Power, a bestseller about the
Clinton Justice Department.
Persecution delves into the secular machinations within the public
school system, on college and university campuses, in government,
in the media and entertainment industries and in the private sector.
In all of these arenas, secularists are busily attempting to blot
out the truth about the religious underpinnings of our republic
and squelch the power of Christianity in our cultures daily
While secularists often try to do their work quietly, Limbaugh
blows the whistle and exposes the attempted coup for all fair-minded
folk to see. Persecution contains hundreds of footnotes, yet it
is not a mere laundry list of outrages committed against Christianity
and Christians. Limbaugh presents a contextual basis for evaluating
these incidents, and makes an airtight case that they represent
a collision between two mutually exclusive and competing worldviews.
That collision, he argues, is often being settled on behalf of
Anyone who is interested in cultural trends or who wishes to become
involved in the culture wars, should pick up Limbaughs compelling
If Persecution doesnt get Christians involved, nothing