Unfortunately, many minority groups in this country experience persecution on a daily basis. Also, one majority group thinks they are being persecuted constantly when they aren’t. That would be right-wing Evangelical Christians.
A recent Pew survey found that Evangelicals actually think they are persecuted more than Black people, Jewish people, Atheists, and other minority groups. Seriously, people?!
They think they are persecuted more than Atheists?! Atheists are threatened and persecuted on a daily basis in this country. Christianity is the majority religion in the United States.
Thoughtful believers would cringe at the lack of empathy from the Evangelicals.
Another study found that Evangelicals think that they are discriminated against more than Muslims despite the fact that this discrimination is out to get Muslims specifically. President Trump proposed (and had shot down) a ban against Muslims trying to come into the country.
Evangelicals have also faced challenges in court since the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Many of the cases are not being resolved in favor of the religious parties.
The Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that against a Christian florist who didn’t want to provide services for a same-sex wedding.
The decision read in part:
“Public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services. Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens.”
The state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson said:
“Arlene’s Flowers is not required to sell wedding flowers. They are, however, required to sell wedding flowers equally if they choose to sell them.”
They will probably perceive this as persecution even though they are the ones doing the discriminating against the same-sex couples.
Seriously, though, Evangelicals, you are the majority. Stop the persecution complex and stop the persecuting you are doing yourselves.
Here is a video on the subject:
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