One meme we are seeing spread rapidly among the religious right these days is that we’re headed toward civil war because of Obama. The insurance mandate will lead to civil war, or same-sex marriage, or gun control proposals. Matt Barber and Mat Staver pushed that meme on their radio show recently.
Barber pointed to some non-existent parallels between today and the pre-Civil War era, saying:
We find ourselves in a position where many of our freedoms, as was the case back then, many freedoms of American citizens are being eroded, being taken away, being rolled back, and they ended up having a violent revolution in order to do the right thing back then.
Actually, the opposite is true. The ones arguing that that big bad federal government was taking away their rights — the exact same argument Barber and Staver are making today — and that only a war could stop that tyranny from happening were the southern states that seceded. And just as then, the “right” they were asserting was actually the authority to deny equal rights to other people — slaves then, gay people and women and non-Christians today.