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Newt Gingrich Speaking at a Mega-church on the Edge of Las Vegas
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Christians think they're being persecuted any time their unearned, undeserved privilege is challenged, and whenever they aren't allowed to force their beliefs on everyone. There is no Christian persecution in the United States. Furthermore, in many places, other faiths are given no tolerance. You're either Christian or else.
Being in the majority isn't absolutely necessary to hold the most power in a country, but it certainly helps. Christians in the U.S. are not only the majority, they have also managed to infiltrate our government, especially at the local levels. They're sitting in a pretty sweet position and crying "persecution" anytime they're prevented from exerting their will upon everyone else. Getting constituents to buy into the persecution complex instills in them a stronger sense of justifiable reason to "fight back."
Come to think of it, the Baath party of Iraq was a minority and they did a pretty fair job of screwing the majority Shiites for a while there ... but then, the Baaths had POWER, mostly in the person of Saddam Hussein.
Desperate pandering from a megalomaniac candidate whose campaign is going down faster than the Titanic.
Loren, Actually you CAN persecute a majority. The Ottoman empire is a good example of that, and the Manchurian empire in China, and probably lots of other examples. However, in this case. it's another example of Gingrich using disingenuous, dishonest statements to rile up religious fervor and tie it into his campaign, as a desperate attempt to garner votes. Scapegoating a tiny, generally distrusted minority is always a popular tool for the ignorant. Gingrich is such a vile toad. Mike, thank you for keeping us posted!
I've asked this before and will repeat:
Just HOW is it that one persecutes a MAJORITY?!?
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