The unshakable victim mindset

THE UNSHAKABLE VICTIM MINDSET…. Most Americans are Christians. Most members of Congress, most of the Supreme Court, and nearly every governor is Christian. The president is not only Christian, but has spoken publicly and repeatedly about the importance of Christianity in his life.

So, it was a little jarring to see Fox News’ Martha MacCallum host an on-air segment yesterday, telling viewers, “I think most people accept that there is … an anti-Christian bias in this country. It’s fine to bash pretty much, you know, the only acceptable bash-able group. You know, ‘Ha ha ha, look at the Catholic Church.'”

Um, Martha? When was the last time any American of any prominence said, “Ha ha ha, look at the Catholic Church”?

Of all the far-right canards, this notion that Christians are persecuted victims in the United States has to be one of the more ridiculous. The Rev. Barry Lynn, who is both a Christian minister and a friend of mine, asked MacCallum for evidence of this “anti-Christian bias.” She eventually pointed to a court case that said public officials couldn’t put up a Nativity scene in New Jersey.

That’s proof of “bashing” Christians? Please.

Anti-Semitism exists. Muslim bashing is painfully common. Denunciations of non-believers is fairly routine. But to argue that the United States, with its Christian majority, embraces “an anti-Christian bias,” and that Americans find it “acceptable” to “bash” Christians is absurd, even for Fox News.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.