Youseff: Christians Are So Persecuted!

Evangelist Michael Youseff takes to the pages of Charisma News to declare that American Christians are being terribly persecuted. Not as bad as Christians in Muslim countries, who often face real oppression, but still bad enough. Why? Because they’re criticized.

If you mean persecution only applies to those who are beheaded with a dull-edged sword, as Islamists do to Christians in Syria, then again, no.

If you mean it is only about crucifying people alive, as Islamists do to Christians in Pakistan and elsewhere, then that doesn’t apply either.

The subtler persecution of Christians in America, which began mildly, with the media mocking Jimmy Carter’s “born again” claim, has escalated rapidly in the last five years.

If Christians in a social gathering or on the Piers Morgan show say they believe Jesus is the only Savior and Lord, they will incite the most venomous verbal attack. If Christians speak out against Islamism or the celebration of homosexuality, they will be attacked with labels such as “Islamophobe” or “homophobe”—words manufactured by two groups that would normally hate each other but join forces for the purpose of eliminating the true Christian point of view.

Our nation once rejoiced to send loving Christian missionaries to alleviate suffering and bring the Good News of the gospel to a world filled with darkness and unbelief. Now our leaders refuse to condemn the genocide taking place against Christians around the world while condemning nations for enacting moral laws against the act of homosexuality.

Let’s unpack the lies and stupidity here. First of all, the State Department has condemned the persecution of Christians around the world repeatedly. So has the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. In fact, one member of that commission just testified in front of a House committee suggesting that we use sanctions against nations that persecute Christians. But pretending otherwise fits Youseff’s narrative, so he’ll just stick with that dishonest claim.

Second, if you don’t want to be called homophobic, you shouldn’t be supporting laws abroad and in this country that persecute and discriminate against gay people. And you shouldn’t claim that they’re trying to destroy the country by demanding equal rights. And you shouldn’t compare them to pedophiles, and a hundred other things you routinely say. When you stop saying things like that, we’ll stop “persecuting” you by calling you bigots. Deal?

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  • John Pieret

    When you stop saying things like that, we’ll stop “persecuting” you by calling you bigots. Deal?

    What they need is reparative therapy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    But Ed, not allowing them to persecute others is the worst form of persecution.

  • Larry

    Our nation once rejoiced to send loving Christian missionaries to alleviate suffering and bring the Good News of the gospel to a world filled with darkness and unbelief

    Yeah, look how well that turned out for those afflicted with missionaries.

  • rationalinks

    By persecution they mean, of course, calling them exactly what they are, bigots. How dare we call them out on that! Now if only they were allowed to persecute all the gays, atheists, muslims, liberals…..they could be free of all this persecution….

  • D. C. Sessions

    For more than 1500 years, Christianity has been immune from criticism in the West. As in, critics got burned at the stake or otherwise became examples.

    Losing that privilege has got to hurt.

  • Maureen Brian

    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

    Luke 6:22, King James Version (Other versions are available.)

    So there you are, Christian whingers! It’s part of the deal.

  • jnorris

    If Mr Youseff and his fellow Christians would concentrate more on what Jesus said and did and less on the writings of Saul of Tarsus then they and us would be better off all around. Start with Love Thy Neighbor. Proceed to Feed the Hungry. Follow with Jesus’ instructions on homosexuals and sexuality in general.

  • matty1

    @7 You mean these instructions?

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/sex_jesu.htm

  • Michael Heath

    Ed reports (sarcastically):

    . . . American Christians are being terribly persecuted. Not as bad as Christians in Muslim countries, who often face real oppression, but still bad enough. Why? Because they’re criticized.

    [emphasis in original]

    We all know about the Christian persecution myth; however even in this venue we see some liberals lay claim to them or their allies being attacked when others criticize them. From my perspective such sloppy language is suggestive of a weak argument, similar to those who give others derogatory nicknames when making their case, e.g., “Ronnie the rat”, “the Mad Mullahs”, etc. Hint: such language is compelling evidence of your own impotence, not an indication of the qualities of your targets.

  • steve84

    In reality, nothing unites fundamentalist Christians, Jews and Muslims as much as hating gays. They would usually kill each other at the drop of a hat, but will always join forces when it’s time to protest against pro-gay legislation.

  • doublereed

    If Christians speak out against Islamism or the celebration of homosexuality, or equality of the races and sexes, they will be attacked with labels such as “Islamophobe” or “homophobe”, or “racist” and “sexist”—words manufactured by groups that would normally hate each other but join forces for the purpose of eliminating the true Christian point of view.

    Thought I’d just complete the quote for you.

  • cptdoom

    If Christians in a social gathering or on the Piers Morgan show say they believe Jesus is the only Savior and Lord, they will incite the most venomous verbal attack.

    Only if they make that statement with the typical holier-than-thou attitude that far too many on the right adopt when talking about their faith. A little humility and understanding that while you may have found the thing that makes your life worthwhile, your neighbor might find it ludicrous, and you’re not superior for having that belief system, would go a long way to reducing that criticism.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    If Mr Youseff and his fellow Christians would concentrate more on what Jesus said and did …

    Do this and you’ll find that Jesus said and did precious little.

  • Sastra

    If Christians in a social gathering … say they believe Jesus is the only Savior and Lord, they will incite the most venomous verbal attack.

    Since it is usually rare in many parts of the U.S. to have social gatherings with an atheist majority, my guess is that someone saying “Jesus is the only Savior and Lord” at a party will be met with sweet corrections to the tune of “Well, I believe that Jesus would say that there are many paths which lead towards God and people from other religions can still be saved by Christ .” After which the fundamentalist will double down and the ecumenical will sniff and accuse them of failing to exemplify the true understanding of what it means to be a “Christian” –which is a venomous attack!!!

  • Phillip IV

    beheaded with a dull-edged sword

    (…)

    crucifying people alive

    (…)

    will be attacked with labels such as “Islamophobe” or “homophobe”

    It’s amazing how blatantly he’s comparing apples to oranges, yet can be utterly confident that his intended audience will not catch on, even if the discrepancy should be impossible to overlook.

  • Wylann

    If Christians speak out against Islamism or the celebration of homosexuality, they will be attacked with labels such as “Islamophobe” or “homophobe”.

    Another tell: when xians criticize something, it’s speaking out. When they get criticized, it’s an attack.

  • Synfandel
  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    The irony of course is that the majority of Christians being harmed abroad are members of sects the typical US fundie would likely denounce if they had a clue what those Christians believed.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @16. Wylann : “Another tell: when xians criticize something, it’s speaking out. When they get criticized, it’s an attack.”

    In grudging fairness, I think that’s more a standard tell for human and done by many on FTB – and in life generally – not just Christians.

    We all frame our language to suit our arguments and POV whether consciously or not, yes?

  • Ichthyic

    Hint: such language is compelling evidence of your own impotence, not an indication of the qualities of your targets.

    This boils down to the same argument as those who say profanity destroys the legitimacy of an argument.

    Fail.

  • Nick Gotts

    Hint: such language is compelling evidence of your own impotence, not an indication of the qualities of your targets.

    Hint: such language is compelling evidence of your own pompous self-importance.

  • abear

    @16:

    Another tell: when xians criticize something, it’s speaking out. When they get criticized, it’s an attack.

    Replace xians with “post modernist social justice warriors” or “whiny faux feminists” and the phrase works just as well.

    Actually the loonie xian contingent could take lessons on internet victimhood. When they say stupid and offensive things make sure they are obnoxious enough to attract angry replies, then post the worst of these on their “page of hate”. Then they can accuse any critic of criminal harassment and trying to silence xians and rob them of their freedom of religion.

  • dingojack

    Yeah Youseff – American Christians are just soooo persecuted.

    :( Dingo