How has Christian power and oppression influenced America

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Answered by: Bobbi Jo, An Expert in the Christianity - General Category
Sitting back to reflect on life you begin to see how society has succeeded and failed within the scope of a life path. Leaving individuals wondering, has Christianity oppressed people?

It is quite shocking if you take the time to explore this in depth. The relationship with Christian power and oppression has very clearly had a guiding force in implementation of laws and societal issues today in America.A short historical review:

It started when England and France came to the new world and began to throttle each other for control. Fighting for wealth resulted in individuals gaining power; if Native peoples in the new world would not convert to Christianity, they were murdered. Even if they converted, they had to mine silver and gold then turn it over to the individual conqueror, all in the name of Christianity.

Between February 1692 and May 1693 in Colonial Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Trials began, resulting in a ghastly massacre created by the church. Accused of practicing witchcraft or deemed as “witches” hundreds of thousands of women were tortured and murdered. In 1774, an individual arose and came to America by the name of Thomas Paine; he inspired Americans to arise, resulting in the American Revolution. Even Thomas Paine used Christianity within his written fight. Paine used the words, “Souls, Hell, Heaven, Celestial”, drawing out the correlation of Christianity and independence.

Jefferson and his reformers were all Christians; the constitution clearly reflected Christian religious views. The first constitution supported the wealthy providing them privileges above others, in particular Jefferson and his reformers. Native people, African American people, Slaves, Women and the economically poor had no rights or protections under this constitution.

In 1814, a Lawyer, author, Christian and amateur poet by the name of Francis Scott Key wrote the USA National Anthem. He was a slave owner who used his position to attempt to suppress abolitionists.

An author, socialist and Christian minister by the name of Francis Julius Bellamy wrote the American Pledge of Allegiance. “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Christianity and Women's Rights:

It is important to note that the oppression of women in the Bible was clear and concise. Women faced persecution and oppression as outlined in the Bible. After a debate, women obtained permission to become members in the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1839. However, women did not have the right to vote, that took another century. Nationally in 1920, women finally had the right to vote. Today inequality and inequity is thriving regarding wages, hiring practices, discrimination of women continues.

Conclusion:

Christian power and oppression today influences attitudes towards sexual preference, mental health issues, and discouraging critical thinking. Christian radicals murder abortion doctors, desiring power and control over a woman’s body.

Historically, Christianity and American power structures lead to oppression of people and from an on-going perspective with leaders in political parties for the last few centuries, perhaps it is time for a new universal attitude.

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