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The Myth Of Christian Persecution: Why Beating A Dead Horse May Be The Last Straw For America

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Is America sick and tired of the CR's persecution complex?

"To any member of the armed services who is harassed, demeaned, reprimanded or charged by this Obama Pentagon with obeying Jesus -- with endeavoring to 'recruit or convert' others to His exclusive saving grace -- we at Liberty Counsel are delighted to say, 'We've Got your back!' Pro bono. Free of charge. How are we able to do this? Through the generous financial and prayer support of more than 1.2 million Liberty Counsel donors and supporters. So please, get this information to every member of the armed forces you know. If you (or they) are being persecuted in any way, at any time for sharing the love of Christ, let us know."
- Hate group leader   Matt Barber , continuing to flog a   completely debunked
  story. ( Joe.My.God )

In a land where every hamlet claims three church spires, the myth of persecution is more overworked than any conspiracy theory. The above exhortation is in response to a group of stories that fearmongered people into thinking that Christian soldiers   could be court-martialed for their faith . It is the latest attempt to enlarge Christian-Americans' persecution complex. 

Unfortunately, it won't be the last.

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel:

"...because as they persecute Christians and conservatives and other who have traditional values within the ranks of the armed services, it leaves a vacuum; nature abhors a vacuum and the kind of people that are going to fill that vacuum aren't the kind of people that we want defending our country, quite frankly"

From   People for the American Way :

"PFAW's Right Wing Watch released an   In Focus report   in the first weeks of the Obama administration in 2009 about the Right's use of a "big lie" strategy about a war on Christians to stoke the base's false fears of religious persecution. We are seeing every day in our   Right Wing tracking   that the playbook we identified remains in constant use.

Whether it's Christians-to-the-lions or court-martialing, the methods of persecution over the millenia have varied, but the psyche of the "persecuted" Christian has stayed the same:

The Early Myth of Persecution

"The myth of Christian martyrdom is not only inaccurate; it has contributed to great violence and continues to support a view of the world in which we are under attack from our fellow human beings,"

In her book,   The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented The Story of Martyrdom, Candida Moss questions not only the extent of early Christian martyrdom, but the purpose: it has long been posited by historians that many early Christians sought out martyrdom as an easy means to heaven (attaining the "martyr's crown"). Martyrdom, it seems, was acceptable suicide. Moss - a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame University - also guesses the length of official persecution by Rome as only twelve years in the early Church's first three hundred years. 

In other words, lions didn't really have as much gainful employment as most people think.  


The idea that Christians have always been persecuted by the powers of evil, and always will be, leads to a combative and aggressive attitude by Christians even today, according to Moss, in debates over such issues as abortion and same sex marriage.

The Homosexual Lobby - The Latest In Persecution

For a movement that is only forty years old, the LGBT community's call for rights has given the Christian Right epic nightmares: tolerance has never been its strong point and any criticism of its dogma (versions of what it means to be "Christian") is viewed as sinful persecution. Gays and lesbians are depicted as vengeful and duplicitous:

Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter has been releasing clips of her film which warns that gays and lesbians are out to criminalize Christianity and   no different than adulterers.

Rick Scarborough   on the possibility of SCOTUS legalizing gay marriage:

The very first thing Obama did when he got elected president was pass hate crimes legislation inclusive of sexual orientation. The laws are now on the books to prosecute preachers who have the audacity to say in public what I just said from their pulpits.

You will find them armed with this Supreme Court ruling, if its adverse, then rounding up anyone who says otherwise and prosecuting, perhaps with fines at first but finally with jail and imprisonment. And the laws are now, at least the foundation of laws through hate crimes legislation is in place to bring fill-scale persecution on those of us who stand for truth.

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