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Published: Thursday, April 4 2013 4:45 p.m. MDT

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Richard Larson
Galt, CA

Just a fairy-tale.
Nothing more, nothing less.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Persecution, torture and murder for any “thought crime” is abhorrent. It was abhorrent when the Jews were doing it in the Bronze Age (the Bible provides examples in spades); it was abhorrent when the Christians did it in Europe (and for ~500 years their actions were straight out of a horror movie), and what is happening in many Muslim or Communist countries is abhorrent today.

Isn’t it disgusting what people will do to their fellow man in the name of religion (or any dogmatic ideology, like communism)?

DHan
Syracuse, UT

I'm sorry: the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is a fairy tale? How would you know?

Blue Bolshevik
Salt Lake City, UT

Ask the Crusaders perhaps?

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Any persecution for religious belief or non-belief is abhorrent.

I would have liked to see the writer also identify the persecution of atheists as abhorrent.
This sort of persecution is particularly prevalent in the Middle East, but is rarely mentioned by those who rail against the persecution of Christians.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: The persecution of Christians worldwide“. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. '― Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.
Apart from his theological writings, he became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

[Christian writer Jonathan Merritt surmised American Christians are too consumed in their own persecution complex over comparatively minor slights and insults to pay attention the "real war on religion."]

Oh, like the supposed "Jesus Stomping" incident they blew way out of proportion? Especially when it turned out the student was the aggressor.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

The Skeptical Chymist
persecution of atheists
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

oh please stop, my sides are aching!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

News reporters have too much time on their hands. Stories like this suggest that news room must be having a slow day. If Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, I suspect there would be more news outlets calling attention to than a Fox news political analyst and three co-authors of a recently released book on the subject that I never heard about.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

Of course, the places that Christians are mostly likely to be persecuted are also the places most likely do persecute/prosecute homosexuality, deny women's rights, and prohibit pornography. Seems like it all goes hand-in-hand.

If Christian's want freedom to preach, convert, and practice, they should probably start supporting the freedoms of others to do the same.

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@lost in DC

Sir, if you think that there is no systematic persecution of atheists in the Middle East, you are sadly misinformed. Admitting a lack of belief in gods is grounds for execution in Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Somalia, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Outspoken atheists have been jailed following the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt. Actual executions are rare, but atheists are generally charged with blasphemy or inciting hatred. These are similar to the charges of which Christians are often accused in these same countries. The persecutions of Christians and atheists in these countries are indeed very similar and part of the same theocratic rule.

The state constitutions of seven states (Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) ban atheists from holding public office. These provisions are now considered blatantly unconstitutional, but they have not been removed from the documents.

Will you join me in stating that persecution for a particular religious belief or non-belief is abhorrent, and that all people should have the right to decide on their own religious beliefs without interference from the state?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

world wide? What about the persecution right here in the USA!! The main stream media has an outright hatred toward Christians and they spew it out daily. Watch any late night talk show (Letterman, Leno and all the rest) and you get the hate Christian mantra as a regular diet. Satire can be a form of hate. If you happen to be an actor in Hollywood just try to suggest you believe in Jesus Christ and see what happens - you will be black listed from ANY movie jobs as if you were a Nazi. I can't get out of my mind Barack Obama refusing to speak in front of a Christian Cross at Georgetown university (I believe it was). Even the president of the United States hates those Christian folks who "cling to their guns and religion". Yes - the persecution against Christians in the US is alive and well make no mistake and the progressive left leads the charge.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@patriot

Your comment is the reason the author included the following:

“Christian writer Jonathan Merritt surmised American Christians are too consumed in their own persecution complex over comparatively minor slights and insults to pay attention the "real war on religion."

When did Christians (and Conservatives in general) become such wimps (not to mention utterly humorless)? We’re used to see this bleeding-heart, poor me victim stuff on the Left, but it seems like lately the Right is making the Left look like Stoics with bootstraps.

And how often do we hear you guys scream about TYRANNY whenever the government proposes adding a stoplight somewhere? I can only imagine people in Syria or North Korea listening to our AM talk radio and just thinking we are all completely insane.

For the folks who used to be the party of John Wayne, you guys really need to “cowboy up.”

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

This country is too worried about 1860 with the slave issue. For a "progressive" country we haven't really moved that far ahead. We're still trying to figure out the compensation of those that were slave.

What if we were to sit down and say, it was horrible what happened in the past. Let's never allow that to happen in our lifetime. Let's teach our children to teach their children to never allow slavery to happen. Let's give up the idea that living ancestors should be compensated for something none of us were around for. Otherwise we'll end up like the people in the middle east fighting the same fight over thousands of years.

It's time to get over the past and move forward. We are all equal. We are all human beings. We all agree it's in the past. We're not going to forget the past, but, we're also not going to be consumed and let it control our lives today.

GrantDavis
Turlock / USA, CA

Persecution is part of our faith isn’t it? I don't know that you can really be living your Christian faith, speaking up as the Holy Ghost gives you that little push to "say something" and not be persecuted.

In fact I believe many ignore the promptings of the Holy Ghost and don't speak of Jesus when prompted because of worry that someone will think them strange, or they may offend someone if they share their faith. Being ashamed of the gospel is a direct result of fear of persecution. I know when I was first converted to being a “Mormon” I was very worried about what others would think, how they would treat me, etc… Still am a bit, but Faith overrides fear! That said I am sorry anyone is harmed in such horrific ways. But it has ever been so since the days of Jesus and according to scripture will be until He returns.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Again with 'woe is me...'. Maybe if we stopped presenting the saviour as a guy who looks like he came from Ireland....

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Why don't we worry about ending world hunger before we worry about ourselves?

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Mukkake, what is wrong with prohibiting pornography? It destroys marriages, causes abuse, can turn people into sexual predators, etc, etc, etc.

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