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Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The “war on religion” and the “war on free speech” are phrases you’re starting to hear more often. Their roots mostly come from a fantasyland.

Where the “war on religion” comes from is proven statistics that this generation (those 40 and under) has largely seen fit to turn away from religion and, in some cases, embrace science. This doesn’t mean there’s a war on religion. If there is, it comes only from a few on the political fringe side of the left, and their numbers are negligible.

Atheists and agnostics aren’t lining up to burn churches to the ground. Gay people aren’t forcing churches to marry them if they don’t want to. No one is shoving birth control pills down women’s throats who don’t want them.

As far as “war on free speech,” Martin Bashir was rightfully fired from MSNBC after he made stupid comments about Sarah Palin. Likewise, what happened to Phil Robertson, in my opinion, is only fair.

In this country, we’re all entitled to free speech, but we’re not free from the consequences of free speech. Phil Robertson and Martin Bashir weren’t arrested for saying what they said; they were fired because the television networks didn’t see their comments as a positive reflection of the networks’ views.

A&E also has to face the consequences that they may have just lost their highest-rated show.

There’s no war on religion; there’s no war on free speech. There’s a war to bring this country forward to a place of “live and let live” that I so desperately want to see again.

At best, I guess you could say a generation of not only Americans, but the world, has largely turned away from God and religion. Is that the best course of action? Only time will tell. We reap what we sow.

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