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Old 10-21-2005, 03:20 AM   #16
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I don't think I have a violin small enough to play for the poor persecuted Christians in the secular United States.

Good Gravy! You'd think Christians really are persecuted here! Go somewhere where they really are and see how much sympathy you get for living in a country where the leaders of the country inject their religion in to law, where you are free to attend church every day if you want, where your religion does not preclude you from attending school, voting, living.

Man, this gets old. Poor things, they only have the president and the fucking Congress.
Martha, out of genuine curiosity, do you have any examples of Christians being persecuted abroad? (Besides the Soviet Union, which I am all too aware of!)

I ask because I made the same comment (this gets old, you haven't been crucified since Constantine!) in a response to some persecution-complex e-mail. My devoutly right-wing cousin came back: "You have a right to your opinion, but I only wish you could hear the stories of my missionary friends and then you would know how badly Christians are treated." I was rather cold back and said if they were missionaries, I wouldn't be surprised if they were treated badly.

She never came back with any examples, she made a vague reference to China but that's another Communist country. No surprise there.

But I was really quite curious as I was really doubting her claim. The whole missionary thing raises an enormous red flag with me so I would not be surprised if they were run out.

I have a long theory as to why Christians feel this complex, perhaps I will post it here...
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right.....

we are a generic homogenous flavorless ordorless state.....

we endorse diversity but laugh at the diverse

we belittle Christianity while barely tolerating Islam and others...

that's god with a little G america
Come on show me where America is doing this!

And give me a reason why they shouldn't...
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There are US citizens of other faiths. The US is a SECULAR state with people of many (and no) faiths. Christians should not forget that.
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Typical FYM mentality. Some will defend a charge of racism because the victim should be the one to determine the validity of the charge.

But when it is suggested about Christians, we get responses along the lines of "there are enough of them out there - they can handle it." Guess what - the bigotry is still there.

And we STILL don't have one law that requires you to be a Christian.
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Martha, out of genuine curiosity, do you have any examples of Christians being persecuted abroad? (Besides the Soviet Union, which I am all too aware of!)
While you directed the question to Martha, when I was in Egypt a few years back, I heard plenty of stories of persecution against both the Coptic and Presbyterian churches there.
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I don't think this is persecution, and I'm a practicing Catholic, a convert from Protestantism. I have French Huguenot ancestry. Those people were killed in France, they'd had to hide their Bibles in their houses from the authorities, they were sent to the galleys, it was terrible. So a whole slew of them came here. Nothing like that is going on here. There are just a few controversies over Christmas lights and manger scenes. But no one is telling me I can't go to my church for services and classes. The state isn't going to cancel our Catholic Church history classes. That would be persecution, and it's not happening.
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Since when did America become a Christian country?
We didn't. We're a secular state. Roy Moore claims we're going to hell in a haybasket, but he's running for governor.
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I find this whole persecution-complex to be hilarious. Yes, a few of those examples such as not allowing instrumental versions of carols are ridiculous. But the case 99% of the time is basically that in addition to Christmas songs/parties, schools will have kids sing Dreidl. The horror. It may seem a little PC to have "holiday parties" instead of "Christmas parties" but is it such a huge sacrifice to make so that students who are Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, etc feel more included?
If I were a teacher and someone told me that I could not have a Christmas party, then I would simply make the people who find it offensive leave the classroom. Why should students be punished because one person raises a stink about it? Christmas has gotten to the point where it is basically non-denominational anyway. I don't think that Santa Claus is mentioned anywhere in bible. Pretty sure that a Christmas tree isn't either.
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If I were a teacher and someone told me that I could not have a Christmas party, then I would simply make the people who find it offensive leave the classroom. Why should students be punished because one person raises a stink about it?
So everyone has a right to participate fully in school unless they happen to be of a faith other than Christianity?

People complaining about bigotry against Christians don't know the meaning of the word. You want to talk about bigotry? Come back when members of your religion are being physically assaulted because of their religion or having abuse shouted at them in the street or having their places of worship attacked or having the national press print headlines implying all followers of that religion are terrorists. That's bigotry, not the fact that parents object to their children being made to sing explicitly Christian songs in schools.
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Typical FYM mentality. Some will defend a charge of racism because the victim should be the one to determine the validity of the charge.

But when it is suggested about Christians, we get responses along the lines of "there are enough of them out there - they can handle it." Guess what - the bigotry is still there.

And we STILL don't have one law that requires you to be a Christian.


we might not have laws that require you to be a christian, but in recent political language, the message comes across that you are a 2nd class american if you are not a person of faith, and more often than not, a very specific faith.

when someone's status as an evangelical Christian is being touted as a qualification for the supreme court, you know that there is a very implicit sense of a national religion -- that one religion is better than the others.

it wasn't always this way, and it won't always be this way in the future, but it is right now, which is why people get exasperated at Christians -- in this particular country -- feeling persecuted. in China, Egypt, the former Soviet Union, yes, absolutely. christians have been and still are victims of persecution. but in this country -- you people run the show, so it's less that you can't be the victim of bigotry and more that the bigotry really cannot affect you because there's no historical precedent for this kind of bigotry to be followed up by political or even physical persecution as has been the historical case for blacks, jews, gays, asians, women, etc. on a purely intellectual level, the structure of bigotry might be the same; on a practical level, a Christian simply does not have to live in fear the way many members of minority groups do.

tell me, when was the last time someone broke into a church and arrested all the members? it used to happen in gay bars all the time.

when was the last time Christians were deemed to be more loyal to, say, the Vatican and thus had to be shipped off to concentration camps in Nevada? it happened to Japanese-Americans in WW2.

when was the last time a Christian in Texas had a chain wrapped around his neck and was dragged around behind a car? it recently happened to an African-American man.

also, it's less that the victim gets to determine the validity of the charge and more that history determines the validity.

you're also quite quick with your FYM assumptions.
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Some will defend a charge of racism because the victim should be the one to determine the validity of the charge.

But when it is suggested about Christians, we get responses along the lines of "there are enough of them out there - they can handle it." Guess what - the bigotry is still there.
You didn't say whether you considered the examples in the link "bigotry" or not.
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Martha, out of genuine curiosity, do you have any examples of Christians being persecuted abroad? (Besides the Soviet Union, which I am all too aware of!)

I ask because I made the same comment (this gets old, you haven't been crucified since Constantine!) in a response to some persecution-complex e-mail. My devoutly right-wing cousin came back: "You have a right to your opinion, but I only wish you could hear the stories of my missionary friends and then you would know how badly Christians are treated." I was rather cold back and said if they were missionaries, I wouldn't be surprised if they were treated badly.

She never came back with any examples, she made a vague reference to China but that's another Communist country. No surprise there.

But I was really quite curious as I was really doubting her claim. The whole missionary thing raises an enormous red flag with me so I would not be surprised if they were run out.

I have a long theory as to why Christians feel this complex, perhaps I will post it here...
AvsGirl, that's an honest and valid question, and one that is important to ask. Its seems that any religious persecution (be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.) doesn't get the media attention that it should, as it is a human rights violation.

A few references for your question on Christian persecution, specifically:

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religi...y/1348931.html

http://www.christianfreedom.org/messages.aspx?id=592

http://www.religionjournal.com/showarticle.asp?id=3349

http://www.religionjournal.com/showarticle.asp?id=3279

http://www.religionjournal.com/showarticle.asp?id=3258

http://www.compassdirect.org/en/index.php

From the Voice of the Martyrs website:

http://www.persecution.com/news/inde...ory&newsID=336

http://www.persecution.com/news/inde...ory&newsID=334

http://www.persecution.com/news/inde...ory&newsID=333

http://www.persecution.com/news/inde...ory&newsID=339

And a blog specifically about Christian persecution around the world:

http://www.persecutionblog.com/

And as NB stated, I also have a very close friend that has spent time in northern Africa for the past two summers. He has relayed to me many stories of persecution among the people he lived with.
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If I were a teacher and someone told me that I could not have a Christmas party, then I would simply make the people who find it offensive leave the classroom. Why should students be punished because one person raises a stink about it? Christmas has gotten to the point where it is basically non-denominational anyway. I don't think that Santa Claus is mentioned anywhere in bible. Pretty sure that a Christmas tree isn't either.
When I taught school, I had several children of different religions in my classroom. It is rare that there is just one who is not a christian. Because of this, I called my christmas party a holiday social. This was to respect all the children in my class. I have never felt that the school is the place to promote any religion so by calling it a holiday social it took the religion out of the party which was fine with me. Also it would not be appropriate to exclude anyone from anything in a public school classroom or any classroom. How would you feel if someone did that to you?
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Everyone, be sure to do yourself a favor and read all the reviews posted on Amazon for this book! No matter what your take on this issue is, you're guaranteed to find a screamer or two in there.

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People complaining about bigotry against Christians don't know the meaning of the word. You want to talk about bigotry? Come back when members of your religion are being physically assaulted because of their religion or having abuse shouted at them in the street or having their places of worship attacked or having the national press print headlines implying all followers of that religion are terrorists.

Now it is a matter of degree? You can be a bigot as long as you don't physically assult someone, etc.? This goes back to a concept of "acceptable" bigotry.


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That's bigotry, not the fact that parents object to their children being made to sing explicitly Christian songs in schools.
Where does this come from? The examples given in the book had nothing to do with forcing children to sing explicitly Christian songs. Quite the contrary, it prohibited a Christian from using the simple expression of "Merry Christmas".
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