The headlines have ran along similar lines for years. They all voice statements, such as:
- Please, American Christians: Can We Stop Complaining About Persecution Now?
- All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
- The Evangelical Persecution Complex
- American Christians Cannot Claim Persecution
- Swarens: A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA –
- The Myth of the Persecuted American Church
- ‘Help, help, I’m being repressed!’: How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities
Whew. Thank God. Now, everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief. These learned individuals have declared their own definitions of persecution to be the “correct” ones, so bullies, stalkers, and bigots are off the hook. After all, nothing you do is actually a “crime,” per se, because no one is physically harmed, so no worries. So long as you aren’t committing genocide, nothing else matters.
Religious persecution is just a problem for other places. Any places, in fact, aside from the advanced Western World. We are far too intelligent, civilized, and open to allow that kind of bigotry, right? It’s our right to mock as we see fit, isn’t it? It’s not like we’re killing anyone or anything. What is freedom of speech if we can’t mock, demonize, and ridicule people who are different? But… wait.
Unfortunately, most of the writers of these pieces have neglected to check their dictionary. Persecution is not synonymous with beheading, although that is one result of it. It is not tantamount to torture, although that is another product of it. It doesn’t even mean unlawful imprisonment, slavery, exploitation, mass murder, genocide, or public humiliation, although all of those come from the practice.
Persecution is actually far, far simpler and much more prevalent. Here is the definition, if anyone missed it, and it’s much less dramatic than you think. According to Merriam-Webster.com, persecution means:
To harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically: to cause to suffer because of belief
To annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities)
If we go by the true definition of the term, Christian persecution is just as common in the Western world as it is anywhere else. It is strange that “ignorant Christians” have a better grasp of the vocabulary than secularists who pride themselves on their vast intellect.
One reason there is such a tremendous overreaction towards those who state Christians are persecuted is likewise simple: guilt. People who persecute Christians want to believe that so long as they aren’t murdering or committing genocide, they aren’t hurting anyone. They believe Christians should just lay down and silently take whatever is given.
As a matter of fact, those who persecute others for their religious beliefs are usually similar to those who domestically abuse their spouse or partner. Those who persecute Christians desperately search for reasons to justify their abuse [see, ‘Help, help, I’m being repressed!’: How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities]. They suffer from misguided outrage as often as they suffer from convenient amnesia [see, All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex]. They will desperately manipulate any situation to where the fault lies with their victim [see, Please, American Christians: Can We Stop Complaining About Persecution Now?]. What happens when a victim confronts the abuser? Why the victim is out of their mind! They’re crazy. They don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re melodramatic, they’re looking for pity, they just want to be victims, they… just stated the facts.
Lastly, one little tidbit of handy information: if you want your victims to stop complaining, stop targeting them. Get a hobby. Do something constructive with your time.