Christians: you are not persecuted in the United States and never were. Stop saying you are.

One of my father’s friends posted this picture on his facebook wall:

I am a Christian. Ridicule me, torture me, kill me. But you won’t change my mind. Click “like” if true.

Dad was having none of it.

Well, 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”. So, in order to prove they are living godly in Christ Jesus, they have to actually BE persecuted. It is the act of desperation to achieve this proof that leads them to insist that they are persecuted and to carry on so about their faux martyrdom.

That and, of course, wanting to have a slice of victimhood pie. Whenever people point out the heinous actions of Christians, they think it gives them cover to be able to claim, “See? We’re victims, too!”

They want to redefine persecution to mean when they don’t get to push their beliefs onto others or to have their beliefs be the basis of political legislation and having their unfounded beliefs criticized.

The problem is that the majority of believers who talk about their own “persecution” are working from different definitions. Or, more pop-cultury, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
There are, of course, no arguments that make much of a difference to people who have already decided that whatever they do is right and whatever anybody else does is wrong. It relates directly back to the concept that God is good, therefore all things God does is good, even rape, torture, genocide, etc. By the same token, all actions performed in the name of God are good because, definitionally, God is good. It’s a sad form of circular reasoning that basically says that any action taken by them doesn’t constitute persecution and any action contra their position is persecution not because of any objective reason, but rather because they’ve defined the terms as such.

I see priests raping children. I see a publicity-seeking nun praising pain and suffering, poverty and sickness. I see politicians pandering for votes by demanding the persecution of gays in the name of Jesus. I see godly men declaring that the role of women is to be silent and subservient…and brood a quiverful of children. I see fanatics strapping explosives to their bodies and killing randomly in the name of their god. I see lobbyists hard at work, trying to dilute science education, and suggesting that we teach the Flintstones as fact in our biology classes. I see a pope in fancy silks and gold-bedecked palace urging people to shun materialism and savor the simple life. I see deluded people opposing work to alleviate climate change because they’re sure God wouldn’t let it happen. I see ordinary people certain that these are the End Times, rejoicing in our imagined imminent apocalypse, and actively working to bring it about.

And when I point these things out, they scream “Persecution!”. Boo-fucking hoo.

For 1500 years, here is what Christians did to atheists. They outlawed them from universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books and writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, and arrested them for blasphemy. Christians dehumanized them and brutalized them with exquisite tortures, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, crushed their scrotums if they were men and tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed, stretched, or broke their limbs, imprisoned them, stabbed them, burned them alive, disemboweled them,and hung them.

And Christians have the nerve to complain of persecution because we laugh at them for insisting bronze age superstition and morals are the smartest things we have in the 21st century? Really….where are the lions?

One Christian had the brass to come in and respond:

All “religion ” is man made but a relationship with Christ is the way, truth and life . All man made “Religions” are guilty of murder and many sins. Follow God’s plan not man made “religion”. Let God judge others his vengeance is swift and just. Love each other as God loves us. Protect your brothers and sisters in time of righteousness sake.

Don’t fall prey to the conquer and divide mentality. Truth is, our country was founded on Godly principles. KNOWONE can steal that. Ever, by His design!

mmmMMMmmm…random all caps.  Dad fired back:

I think that is a complete and utter falsehood, Bridgette. Exactly what special godly principles were our country founded on that are not common to the general principles of every society on the planet? Our founders were brilliant men, and to think they spent three months parsing every word of the Constitution, the founding document of our country, without mentioning even one time Jesus, God, Yahweh, Jehovah, Christianity, the bible, or any figure connected with the bible is…….absurd. It is beyond absurd, it is impossible. This country was founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. The Constitution is an entirely—100%—secular document. A godly principle would be like something from the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ” It ain’t there…..and nothing even close to it is there.

And right after father’s comment was this gem:

“I won’t turn back. Amen.”  288 likes.  So many Christians in wild support of such an embarrassing statement.  As I said:

It is very telling that this comment has so many likes. Only in religion could the assertion that one will never change their mind under any feasible circumstances be considered to be a virtue.

Anybody saying this loses any and all right to call anybody else, including atheists, close-minded.

How can Christians claim that Christianity makes people better when so many lack the perspective to see they have every privilege, even while claiming persecution, and when so many think that “I’ll never change my mind” is a moral statement, rather than an act of obstinate head-shaking reminiscent of the most petulant child?

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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