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.