December 14, 2006

The Persecution of Believers

I don't usually find myself in agreement with George Will, although I certainly respect his intellect. However, I thought this brief article on religion in America was worth sharing.

I am encouraged by the numbers he cites which indicate a doubling of the number of nonbelievers between 1990 and 2001. Similarly, it is nice to see some recognition that politicians may be starting to think twice about atheist-bashing. It will be interesting to see how the mid-term elections affect this. Finally, I appreciate Will's observation about the unrealistic nature of the Christian persecution complex. This is a topic about which I have previously posted and which I continue to find fascinating. This is particularly true this time of year when complaints about a "war on Christmas" are common.

As long as Christians continue to equate disagreement and criticism with persecution, they will continue to feel persecuted. Of course feeling persecuted is quite different from being persecuted, but this point is often overlooked. As Will notes, the evidence simply does not support the sort of persecution of which they routinely claim.

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