There are, in theory, two great bastions of religious freedom, going by what their governments, constitutions or laws claim: the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Both of these countries have experienced religious persecution in the past – indeed, the North American continent was initially colonized by people wishing to get away from religious persecution in England and Europe – and have fought to prevent such persecution occurring ever again.
Of course, there have been many incidents of intolerance over the centuries; it is impossible to wipe such actions out of society completely as there are always those who firmly believe that their religion, despite the law and many proclamations from their religious leaders, is the one and only with no other religion capable of being tolerated. Statistics, however you wish to take them, appear to show that religious tolerance is beginning to wear thin once more, on both sides of the Atlantic. This Tweet came to my attention the other day: an English supermarket requesting tolerance when it comes to religious beliefs and food, copied by an American organization – which one can assume is of the extreme right (we’re not supposed to say alt-right any more) – with a clear call to soil the food, by association with ‘unclean’ food, of others.
Screenshot Source: Twitter / Rebellion Report / Ann Coulter
I wouldn’t normally have found this posting with any ease, neither account is on my watch and read list, but for the fact that it had been reposted by someone who is on that list. Someone who believes in American values to such an extent that she constantly demands actions which go against both the Constitution and the laws of the land as much as true social values and moral principles: Ann Coulter.
In other words, if I may assume that this retweet is as close to an endorsement as you can get, Coulter is suggesting that Americans attack people of a non-Christian religious belief. She is putting our society back to the position it was in before the Mayflower set sail, when our forefathers were persecuted, attacked, tortured and killed. Something which the founding of the United States of America was designed to prevent for evermore.
- Viktoria Michaelis.