Having been around serious Christians for a number of years, I have developed respect for a creed that I originally saw as being thoroughly wrong. That respect however does not extend to deception that passes in many places as Christian teachings or Christian values.
One of these stances is opposition to science. Science is at the root of everything that today's Christians have, from their cars and trucks to their TVs and electronics. God did not create these things. Scientists and engineers created these things. And for as long as a person is using any of these things, he has no business attacking science.
Another of these stances is the claim that American representative democracy came from God. If that had been true, then representative democracy would have existed for as long as did humanity, or at least Christianity; and that likewise has not been the case. Most of the history of Christianity has been one of monarchy, not democracy. American representative democracy is a human, not divine, invention, and one that is based on the works of French and English 18th century intellectuals. And it is an invention that was in militancy against most Christian thought of the time.
There is a line in the Bible that says "there is nothing new under the sun." A lot of things are new. Cars and trucks are about a century old, and computers and cell phones have existed for only a few decades. American democracy is also a recent invention given the length of history. Neither of these things can be attributed to God, because God, according to the Bible, has existed longer than has humanity; and if God were to have anything to do with the matter then these things would have existed for all of history as well.
I have nothing against people practicing their religion; but when these people are engaged in lying and disinformation on factual matters, then the line must be drawn. No ideology, divine or secular, should be allowed to lie on matters of fact and reality. When Christianity is used for conmanship then Christianity is profaned. Further, the leaders who make fraudulent claims have no business insisting that they have Christian values or principle. It is one thing to believe in Christ. It is quite another to deceive people. And people who take their faith seriously will be outraged to see their faith being used for conmanship and deception. Honesty is a Christian value, and failure to practice it is violation of Christianity.
Attack must be targeted not on Christianity itself, but on the Christian-affiliated conmen. Christ is not the enemy; Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove and Fox News are. These people have created a liar media that has been doing nothing except lying to people and have shaped the Republican political strategy into one of absolute deception and dishonesty. None of these people would bear the approval of Christ, and it is important that American Christians understand this.
Thomas Jefferson said that if something seditious were to transpire in a church, it should be dealt with in the same manner as if it had happened in a market. Whenever we see someone using Christianity to attack science or to claim America's democracy to be God-given, we are seeing sedition as much as we are seeing conmanship. There is no possibility that people engaged in such practices deserve to claim to speak for Christianity, and there is no possibility that people engaged in such practices deserve to claim themselves American patriots.
Both Christianity and America deserve much better than that.