Perspective on Persecution

The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the Star and was taken by Michelle Pemberton. [Read more...]

Real vs. Perceived Martyrdom

From Pliny the In-Between [Read more...]

Christians Under Attack

This political cartoon is old, but it came to my attention recently and it clearly has not lost its relevance. We can debate whether Christians are “under attack” in any meaningful sense anywhere in the English speaking world – being disagreed with is not an attack, and while there are instances of harassment, discrimination, and other kinds [Read More...]

A Friendly Reminder

Courtesy of Rachel Held Evans [Read more...]

Not Persecution

The quote comes from Benjamin Corey’s recent post on his blog Formerly Fundie. [Read more...]

Are Christians Persecuted in the United States?

The answer, of course, to the question posed in the title is obviously “yes.” People of every possible view get persecuted in some way in every society, especially if one defines persecution broadly enough to include things like “being called stupid by a complete stranger on Facebook.” But since by that definition every category of [Read More...]

Holiday Persecution?

I hope the above diagram by Rachel Held Evans helps more people find clarity about this subject!   [Read more...]

The Mandaean Refugee Crisis

The last two presentations were by Erica Hunter and by Layla al-Roomi and another Mandaean, and they focused on the situation of Mandaeans today. Mandaeans face discrimination and persecution in their historic homelands in Iran and Iran, and in the diaspora they face the difficulty of trying to preserve their heritage when they may have [Read More...]

The Daily Show on Conservative Christians’ Persecution Complex

The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook HT Chris Henrichsen [Read more...]

Candida Moss – Blogging Non-Blogger

You may have already heard the news: Candida Moss has a blog. One of the first things she says on it is that she isn't a blogger. I'm not sure how to make logical sense of that, but we will all surely want to follow her blog to find out! Welcome, Candida, to the blogosphere! [Read More...]

Review of Candida Moss, The Myth of Persecution

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour organized by TLC, focused on Candida Moss' book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss' book begins with modern perspectives on persecution and martyrdom, including examples which have made international news, and then turns [Read More...]


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