Couldn't leave this one alone. It offends and repulses me. Not only does the author use bad (and half-truth) data in his claims, some of them are outright fraudulent. The idea that Christians are being persecuted in North America more than they are persecuting is fucking OUTRAGEOUS. Any and all thoughts from the community welcome on this.
Yes, nothing demonstrates how Christians are persecuted more than a CPAC convention where the fundamentalists gather in the ballroom of a first class hotel, eating shrimp cocktail, and wearing Christian Dior. The refugees in the Darfour region of Sudan, and Syria got nothing on them!
I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: there is a christian mindset out there that actually LOOKS to be persecuted. I mean, it's like part of the initiation ritual, the secret handshake to get in the door:
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
-- Matthew 5:10-12
I have actually seen believers who come back to an argument made to them like this, rejoicing in their supposed "persecution" at the hands of us infidels. My response, or at least one of them, if they feel persecuted by the truth, they're dealing with a rather pathetic state of affairs. I mean, whatever happened to the words from that old him, "Stand up, stand up for Jesus / Ye soldiers of the cross"?
This reminds me of the attitude of the JW's going from door to door, and believing that the scripture said they would be turned away. They rejoice in the fact that they are doing the will of the vowel god, Jehovah.
Yes, they reason like: they slam the door in my face, which means I'm persecuted, which means I'm right and I'll get a better seat in heaven.