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Shedding light on Christian persecution around the world.

The other day I was visiting with the chief of staff for a certain U.S. congresswoman when he asked me if ICC ever monitored or reported on incidents of Christian persecution here in the states. The answer was yes, we do. Although it might not seem significant compared with the horrific and almost daily killing, torture, and imprisonment of believers in nations like Nigeria or India, the fact is that persecution does happen here, in the “heartland” of religious liberty, and it probably isn’t going away any time soon. It’s true, Christians aren’t being arrested or imprisoned in the U.S for their faith, but they do face some fairly blatant discrimination on a regular basis. As an example, here are just a few headlines from the last two months:

Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens – In late April, in the middle of a high school journalism conference in Seattle, the key note speaker, Dan Savage, decided that speaking out against bullying should involve heckling the Christians in the audience. When dozens of Christian students got up to walk out, some reportedly in tears, Savage called them names while others in the crowd hollered and cheered. A number of people later complained to the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the host for the event, only to be told “We appreciate the thoughtfulness and deliberation regarding Dan Savage’s key note address” and “as a journalist it’s important to be able to listen to a speech that offends you.” Apparently the fact that these where high school kids having their faith insulted from the stage or that they had the courage to walk out of the presentation was completely lost on the NSPA.

Ten Commandments Down To Six For Public Display? – Early in May, a U.S. District Court Judge in Virginia suggested that cutting out four of the Ten Commandments (all of the ones which mention God) could resolve a debate over having them on display at a public high school. The idea unfortunately isn’t that surprising in a culture that increasingly views the First Amendment as a way of making sure that all public sites, from war memorials to schools, are cleansed of Christian influence.

FedEx Employee Vindicated In Religious Discrimination Suit – In mid-May, Charisma news reported the story of Eric Weathers, a FedEx employee in Chicago who was told by his boss to stop discussing Christianity with his coworkers. When Eric asked FedEx human resources why he couldn’t talk about his religion, he was told that his speech was an “act detrimental to the company”, the same designation given to sexual harassment and drug possession in the workplace. Eric was also told to lie about his college degree if asked (he holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and youth ministry). Thankfully for Eric, the Alliance Defense Fund successfully took up his case and won a decision in court that found FedEx’s actions to be “discriminatory”.

Sadly, these are only a few examples of stories that ICC has reported on in the last couple of months. They may not seem terrible when compared with the trials faced by our brothers and sisters around the world, but to ignore these events would be to ignore the dangerous cultural trends in the U.S. that are leading towards an environment that is openly hostile in its treatment of the Christian faith. Sure, it’s still perfectly acceptable to be a Christian, but try standing up for your beliefs, like those high school kids in Seattle, or sharing your faith at work, like Eric Weathers, and you might be in for something of a rough ride.

 



4 Comments to “Persecution in the USA?”

  1. Derek says:

    And don’t even try to discuss your Christian beliefs when it comes to abortion, euthanasia or homosexuality. You’ll be publicly shouted down and belittled. So much for free speech and anti bullying. If you don’t want to listen to my opinion, don’t throw yours around willy-nilly and expect every one to agree with you. “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.” –Alex Hamilton

  2. coffee dude says:

    I’ve been on the receiving end of verbal persecution at my workplace.  I work for a company that is openly non-Christian and punishes anyone who is Christian.  So much so that as I was in one of our stores, I overheard a couple ladies talking about a “party” they were going to attend.  When I asked about the party they scattered.  Later that day, I saw one of the ladies outside the store and she saw me carrying a Bible.  She then proceeded to talk to me about how “party” was their code word for Bible study and the last time they talked openly about Bible topics, they were informed that it would be “a career-limiting move” to discuss Christianity.

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  4. I have seen persecution, such as the articles above.  But what concerns me even more is that I have seen Christians confoming to the world in greater numbers than ever before.  I live in the bible belt, in South Mississippi.  I see people, professed Christians, becoming more tolerant of homosexuality.  They will make comments such as “well if they don’t talk about what they do with their partner,” or “as long as I don’t know anything about what they do.  We are supposed to be nice to and love everyone.”  This is true, I do agree that we are to love everyone but, I truly believe that we should tell them that their behavior is wrong.  That God doesn’t approve.  I’ve heard of many homosexuals who go to church and still think their behavior is ok.  I know this is totally off subject from persecution.  But I do believe that many Christians in American become more accepting of situations not of God to maybe escape any type of verbal persecution or so they won’t be labeled as a hater.  I think America as a whole has forgotten the many faces of God.  He isn’t just love, He is many other things and not tolerant of all behaviors and sin. 

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