American Christians Want to Be Persecuted

Seeing posts on social media about Christian persecution in America makes me feel like these people want to be persecuted.

It frustrates me when I see social media posts from friends and family suggesting that American Christians are persecuted. They suggest that it’s becoming taboo to be Christian, that their rights and freedoms are being taken away, and that they’re so misunderstood and misrepresented. All because someone said “Happy Holidays” to them at Walmart.

These kinds of posts make me wonder if Christians don’t secretly want a reason to be angry and feel persecuted.

Sometimes it makes me wonder if they don’t actually want to be persecuted. “Now hold on there,” some of you will say. “Nobody wants to be persecuted.” I don’t mean that American Christians want to have their rights revoked, nor do I think they want to be killed for their beliefs. I simply mean that it seems to me that American Christians romanticize persecution.

And when I say romanticize, I just mean that these people don’t understand what religious persecution actually is, so any kind of push back becomes religious persecution to them. It feels like they want the persecution that they believe they incur, because it validates their beliefs. If they aren’t persecuted, it defeats the purpose of the dogma they preach.

Nearly every story in the Bible is about persecution. And their pastors and priests have passed down the message that they will be persecuted for being Christian their entire lives. They need that message to be true, otherwise it all falls apart. They want safe persecution. They don’t want the kind of persecution that happens in Syria or Iraq. What they want is a reason for their religious text to be justified in claiming that they are persecuted. That they are a minority.

Neither, of which, in America, is true.

Not one of these people have ever had their property vandalized because of their beliefs. I have. None of these people have ever been worried about possibly losing their job because of their beliefs. I have. As an open atheist, I have to live with the fact that it would be very unlikely that I could successfully run for a public office in my own country because of my atheism. Not one of these people have to worry about that.

I’m not claiming to be persecuted, nor do I claim to represent all atheists. I’m just pointing out that not only are these people not being persecuted in America, they seem to want to be, just so they have a pedestal to place themselves on.