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Persecution, real and imagined

September 21, 2014

Though America has made large strides for gay rights, coming out can still be very hard for young people from conservative families.

Minority religions are persecuted in many parts of the world. Christians often are the target. The last dozen years of war largely expelled them from Iraq. Miriam Ibrahim was imprisoned in Sudan for apostasy. She technically wasn’t apostate. If she were, it would be persecution still. Changing one’s religion is illegal in many nations.

Of course, here in the US, Christians are the majority religion and enjoy a privileged position. Oddly, they like to imagine themselves as persecuted.

Update: Pew research just released data showing how skewed American white evangelicals are, in how they view themselves.

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