Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Religious Persecution in America

Does persecution against Christians exist in America?

Personally, I do not think so.

At least not in the sense that most people think of when they think of the word persecution.

Definitely not in the same sense as those Christians in other parts of the world that are persecuted. In regions of the world such as China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc., there is REAL persecution.

Every time I turn around I am reading about some missionary or preacher or group of Christians that are located in foreign countries about them being imprisoned or something even put to death because of their religious convictions.

In the same manner, I hear of people whose government do not allow Christians (or anyone else for that matter) to read a Bible because they have been outlawed in their respective nations.

You can read about persecutions in other parts of the world particular at Voice of the Martyrs. For my Oklahoma readers, this organization is actually located just down the road from you in Bartlesville.  I will talk more about this particular organization in an upcoming Spotlight post.

For the most part though, there isn't any real persecution in the United States itself against any religious groups. Not that I have heard of anyway.

However, our government (the United States that is) does persecute followers of other religions, particularly Muslims. An example of this persecution can be found here at Talk to Action.

This article was submitted to me by Lefty. Thanks Lefty!

Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Many Muslims are housed in these facilities [Guantanamo Bay], and there have been numerous reports that they have been forced to witness the desecration of copies of the Quran.....Former detainees say it has been handled with disrespect by guards and interrogators - written in, ripped or cut with scissors, squatted over, trampled, kicked, urinated and defecated on, picked up by a dog, tossed around like a ball, used to clean soldiers' boots, and thrown in a bucket of excrement."
I really do not think that the guards mentioned in this article are destroying copies of the Quran in front of their prisoners for any thing as noble as cause as attempting to convert them to Christianity. It seems more like to me that they are just butt heads, getting off of pissing their prisoners off. And our government is doing next to nothing about it short of allowing it.

Here is another excerpt from that article:
It's discouraging that the American government - the country that pioneered true religious liberty by separating church and state - would tolerate such abuses."
And even if they were doing this in an attempt to convert these Muslims this is certainly not the way to do it.

In any case, this type of behavior in my opinion would definitely call under the heading of religious persecution.

Any thoughts?

3 comments:

  1. I honestly couldn’t agree more. I get so sick and tired of hearing Christians in this country act like they are persecuted and oppressed. What a joke.

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  2. That's funny we were just talking about this in my small group.

    In 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul says that anyone seeking to live Godly life will be persecuted.

    Honestly while probably not on the same level as the persecution faced by those suffering in China and elsewhere, I think there are ways that Christians in America do see persecution.

    Even something as simple as a "Jesus is my homeboy" t-shirt disrespects the kingship of Jesus by denying Him as Lord and putting the wearer on an equal level as Jesus. In that regard, it is only one step away from the Roman guards who in Matthew 27 mocked Jesus' kingship.

    There is also a growing movement against Christianity led by atheists such as Richard Dawkins and heretics like John Shelby Spong and the so-called "Jesus Seminar" which finds most of its followers here.

    Finally, hate crimes against Christians (either Catholic or Protestant) do account for about 8.5% of all anti-religious hate crimes, about the same as for Muslims, according to the FBI.

    I can agree, though, that the average Christian in this country experiences less persecution than most of our brothers and sisters around the globe and we should be extraordinarily grateful for how we are blessed and extremely concerned for them.

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  3. I certainly do not feel persecuted in this country. Although I am a little irritated that I am not allowed to wear "Christian" tee shirts at work because it might offend someone. That just pisses me off. I don't think they are persecuting me though.

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