I came away shocked, and indirectly scolded, for trying to counteract a bias I encountered in a group meeting Saturday. A group of nontheistic historians discussing Thomas Paine's writing saw him and other Deists are more aligned with "atheists who reject the Christian right" rather than aligning such Founding Fathers with today's Christians who include such Deists and Quakers as fighting against political oppression. I found the bias to be caused by the liberal mindset and INSISTENCE on "defining Christianity" based on the OPPRESSIVE political abuses (which the Founding Fathers and historic patriots fought against at the risk of their lives) while seemingly negating or dismissing the Christian Left such as QUAKERISM including historic abolitionists against slavery. Why isn't Christianity defined by that POSTIVE PART of history and culture? Fighting for humanity and equal justice for all people? Why this insistence on "equating Christianity with political oppression", so that anyone going against that (even Quakers or Deists) can't be called Christian? I found this VERY disturbing. Are we ever going to resolve this bias in cultural perception and language? Isn't it just as destructive and degrading to Muslims ONLY to define Muslim faith based on political abuses of Jihadists and oppressive Islamic regimes instead of correctly teaching the faith by what the TRUE spiritual practice and teachings are about? If it's unfair to "define" Muslims based on only the negative history, why not with "defining" Christianity this way? And if Christians don't like being defined by only the oppressive political history, why do this same marginalization to Muslims fighting the same oppression, within their own Muslim countries and leaders, that Christians fought? Can this Bias be resolved? What will it take to reach a common understanding?