What Constitutes Persecution?

Via WitchVox, here’s a list issued by a group calling themselves the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. They list the “Top 10 Anti-Christian Acts of 2009“. Included in their list is the murder of Rev. Fred Winters (which was due to mental illness on the part of the shooter), the participation of Bishop Gene Robinson in Obama’s inauguration, the new Federal Hate Crimes law, and a program on HBO they found offensive.

This list is an insult to people of all faiths – including Christians in places like China and Iraq – who face daily real persecution for practicing their religion.

I fail to see the attractiveness of religious victimhood.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06208142626285495635 Robin Edgar

    JohnFranc you ask – What Constitutes Persecution?

    Then you talk about people – who face daily real persecution for practicing their religion.

    But you do not define what you believe *real* persecution is.

    Perhaps you should do so.

    Does having one's religious activities falsely and maliciously slandered as a "cult" count as *real* persecution in your books?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00875369837359076688 JohnFranc

    I don't have a formal definition, but like Justice Potter Stewart and pornography, I know it when I see it. And this ain't it.