4 Ways that Christians are Persecuted

I would like to preface this post with some apologies.

I’m sorry to all my friends and classmates, for persecuting you by being openly atheist at school.

I’m sorry to my pastor, for persecuting you by giggling at your bible studies with my fiance instead of agreeing with you.

I’m sorry to my friend from high school, for persecuting you by supporting gay rights.

And I’m sorry to my mom and family for persecuting you by having premarital sex and not believing the religion you raised me with.These are only a few ways that as an atheist, I have personally persecuted the Christians in my life. I can’t imagine how hard it is to be a Christian in this country, especially since Christians are persecuted in the US every day. Their faith is constantly challenged . . . it may not even be safe to be a Christian for much longer. Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples of the danger of persecution that Christians face at every turn.

1. We call them “creepy” and we don’t always say “Merry Christmas.”

Fox News said it best. The writer muses,

“‘How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?’

That was the deeply dismaying question posed to me by a friend with four young children as we discussed the plight of the Christian faith in America and around the world.

With each passing month, that shocking question becomes more relevant and even more disturbing.

To say that Christians and Christianity are under a withering and brutal attack in certain areas of the world would be an understatement.”

This is totally a true and real problem. As an atheist, my attack on Christians is so far beyond withering and brutal that I can’t believe their religion has survived for this long in the United States. In our nation, says the writer, Christians are “mocked, belittled, smeared and attacked by some on a daily basis.” For example, when a Chick-Fil-A opened in New York City, it was described as “creepy infiltration” of Christian traditionalism in New York City. We evil atheists also mock and disapprove of “Christian privilege.” But possibly the worst form of persecution is manifested in the almost unmentionable act of… of… saying… “Happy holidays.” I’ll admit it right here and now: this is all a part of our rebellious, anti-God agenda to take over the world. On a positive note, I guess it’s working.

The author of this article had a vision from God about Jesus’ resurrection, and what did he get in return? Ridiculed (a.k.a. persecuted). Which is wrong of us to do because his vision was probably totally real and legitimately from God. How dare we?

The author closes with some thought-provoking questions:

Will we soon have to meet with fellow Christians in secret? Will we have to whisper our beliefs from the shadows? Will those Christians with “traditional” beliefs lose their jobs and livelihoods if discovered?

As more and more of the mainstream media, entertainment, academia and the hi-tech world continue to purge or discriminate against Christians, what future job fields will be open to young Christians?

Will those Christian children eventually be forced to renounce or deny their faith in order to get a job and provide for their families?

That would really suck, wouldn’t it? Good thing we atheists know nothing about that type of stuff. It’s the Christians who have those problems. I think. Wait… what is this blog about again? Nevermind, I forgot. Christians are the ones being persecuted. Silly me!

2. We ban them from selling bibles in California.

I found out that my evil fellow atheists are doing this when I stumbled upon this video shared by a high school friend of mine on Facebook (This is the same friend that shared this post a while ago)(This is also the same friend from the band camp anecdote in this post). Outlawing religion is totally part of our evil plan, but unfortunately we have not begun banning bibles yet. I know, I know, we should definitely try and would definitely be able to because that is so not unconstitutional at all. However, we did persecute the Christians, specifically my friend who shared this—who, mind you, doesn’t know I’m an atheist and loves me and thinks I’m a beautiful fairy princess, but if she knew I was a left-leaning atheist would not want anything to do with me. Because I am persecuting her… I think.

Wanting more details on how exactly this supposed bible-banning persecution was going down, I turned to Google and found the actual bill that is being passed. As it turns out, we are actually persecuting them so hard. Here it is: California legislators are making sexual orientation conversion therapy illegal, and this also includes selling anyone a product with the intention of using it to change someone’s sexual orientation (the fact that forcefully changing someone else’s sexual orientation is impossible and detrimental to their mental health is totally irrelevant here). Also, what the bill actually says is irrelevant. As far as my friend knows, we are just trying to ban the bible. So… there’s that.

3. We are stripping away their Constitutional right to… advertise on Google.

I really love Facebook. Without it, I wouldn’t stay up to date on any of the latest and greatest Christian persecution. Luckily, I never miss a beat about the newest trends in banning the Bible, silencing Lutherans, and taking away everyone’s Constitutional rights (because everyone has a freedom of religion and of speech on Google… because the First Amendment began with “Google shall make no law…”, right?). Fun!

All week long, throughout the course of multiple Facebook posts, my former pastor (why am I still following him on Facebook? Actually… I don’t know) has kept me and all his other virtual friends updated with Google’s decision to persecute their Lutheran publishing house. I’ll fill you in.

You all know, or should know, in which case you are about to learn, that online advertisements are generally extremely targeted. Items that you’ve looked at online will likely pop up in ads in the following days. It’s a method that Google uses called “retargeting” by suggesting products and services you might be interested in based on your history. I’m sorry if it’s creepy, but that’s what they do.

The evil atheist corporation of Google decided to persecute Concordia Publishing House by not doing this with their services. CPH advertisements will still show up on Google, they will still appear in a search on Google, but they won’t be directly retargeted to people who previously searched for related content. Google’s anti-Christian and persecutory policy on this states,

“We don’t allow personalized advertising based on a user’s fundamental or intrinsic self-identity or their belief systems . . . Advertisers can’t use identity and belief categories to target ads to users or to promote advertisers’ products or services.”

That is literally evil. The Lutherans are inconceivably persecuted. Here’s what they said:

“If we are willing to remove references to our faith in our ads or website, then we will be allowed to use remarketing ads with Google. Simply stated, we are not willing to sacrifice our beliefs to comply with Google’s requirements. It’s no secret that society is becoming increasingly hostile to the Christian faith. This increasing hostility makes our mission of proclaiming that faith through the books, Bibles, and curriculum that we produce all the more important. We will continue to proclaim the faith because we know without a doubt that the Word of the Lord endures forever.”

I hope that Concordia Publishing House can stay strong in this time of persecution and hostility from today’s high-tech pop-culture media-brainwashed anti-Christian society.

4. We… exist

I used to take bible study notes at the church that my mother forces me to go to, but since I told her I’m an atheist, I’m not allowed to do that anymore. I think it’s because just being an atheist is an act of persecution. Do I have that right? I wouldn’t want to persecute my mom by privately writing my opinions about Lutheran teachings in her church where they openly confess their religion and condemn unbelievers and indoctrinate their children all the time. That would just be wrong. And unfair.

I still have the bible study notes I took back when I was more wild and rebellious. Literally for weeks at a time, all my (new) pastor would talk about is Christian persecution. In case his audience didn’t have specific examples of ways they were being persecuted as Christians in the United States, he provided some examples. They were:

(1) Having nonChristian friends
(2) Enduring unbiblical school teaching
(3) The Culture

So, again I apologize to anyone who has to endure the persecution of just being my friend. I can’t imagine what my unbelief has put you through. I hope you can forgive me one day for holding different beliefs than you do. For now, please enjoy this screenshot of a Facebook comment on the CPH/Google post affirming that the persecution of Christians in the United States is a totally real thing.

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Also, to my former pastor, I’m sorry for darkening our culture and making children cry.


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17 Replies to “4 Ways that Christians are Persecuted”

  1. Ridiculous christian nonsense has gone unchallenged for generations. They were comfortable swimming in their crystal clear pool of ignorance but now someone came along (atheists) and told them about the turd in the pool. Suddenly the water doesn’t seem so nice. To their narrow minds it was the Atheist that put the turd in the pool so this must be the Atheists fault but in reality….the turd was always there.

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  2. I swear, you must have been a fly on a wall at my house last Sunday. I’ve been meaning to post a comment since I read this. I’ve been so busy that I’m just now getting to it.

    My family moved from Tipton county to the Memphis area (30 miles away) this past January. It has been one constant drama after another in mending our broken lives from religion, the military, hubs and mine broken childhoods, our marriage and the damage our entire family suffered for seven and a half years at our previous residence/public schools/community. Three of us are currently in therapy individually. Hubs and I were in couple’s counseling this past November and December and may start up again this summer. We have sought help for our youngest since January and have been unsuccessful. However, it looks as though doors are about to open up for him with a child behavior specialist soon. In April we discontinued his piano lessons with an over the top Southern Baptist baby boomer woman.

    We’ve been putting a lot of money and effort into repairing and updating our current home. For a while we’ve had painters at our house. I briefly spoke to the owner of the business in my living room this past Sunday about classic rock. (My oldest had his guitar out then and I’m a huge lover of the genre as is my son.) We then discussed the housing market crash years ago.

    As the painter’s about to go out the door to get more supplies from his vehicle he said “I’ll tell ya something else”… Immediately, I knew I was in for something, In context of our conversation, I didn’t understand what it could be that he found upsetting. He then rants and raves about the American flag, prayer in schools, the pledge and the NFL/Star Spangled Banner situation. Yes, he took it there in MY house, knowing we were atheists. (I’ll explain later as to why we told him.) I said “No! That’s what your churches are for!” (BTW, I don’t even think this guy [in his 50s ?] even attends church!) I told him that PUBLIC/GOVERNMENTAL schools/places are not designed for such actions. And that whole religious and patriotic nonesense is garbage! I asked him if he really wanted us to be like Germany or Japan during the World Wars. I also let him know that the US did MUCH more crap to Blacks and Native Americans when god and Jesus were in the center of everything! This country has never been “squeaky clean”! I think that last bit finally shut him up and he went outside.

    All the while, I heard his 30 something girlfriend giggling upstairs. She then comes to the balcony and gives me a thumbs up. I told her I wasn’t about to let up on him. My oldest wanted me to drop it. I told him that I didn’t have to because this is my house. I then talked to the girlfriend for a few minutes. Come to find out, this white woman has two teenagers from a former lover, a black man! See, you don’t always know when speaking up may help someone else around you.

    When we were working up a deal at our house with this guy a couple of months ago, he mentioned that one of his clients at that time was Arab. He spoke of their calls to prayer throughout the day. As a Christian, he found it creepy. Straight a way, I told him that it all sounded the same to us because we’re atheists. (BTW, his girlfriend laughed then as well.)

    Our former community was predominately white. We moved there because of my husband’s military job in a small town just south of there. We deconverted two years later. In that area, if you aren’t Southern Baptist you are going to hell. Over the years I noticed growth of more white, Southern Baptist Memphians moving there. However, our current neighborhood and schools are populated with black families, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and whites. Churches of every denomination imaginable is represented here, as well as Islam. We have a huge Jewish community about 10 to 15 miles away in an area where we have some connections. My husband has worked in midtown Memphis since this past July.

    I think the Christian painter coming from a Muslim family to an atheist family shook his faith. I’m also pretty positive that seeing our local residents attacked his sensitive, one dimensional world view. In considering these things and his current environment, it doesn’t surprise me that he felt “threatened” and suddenly had a martyr complex. Hence, why he got a little weird out of nowhere.

    In the midst of all of our drama, I LOVE our current location. I have felt far more free here (as an atheist for six years) than what I ever felt in Tipton county. And I am far more open about my non belief than I’ve ever been with my previous community.

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  3. Oh Christians, and Catholics from where I live are always crowing they’re being persecuted. I like to tell them I could explain to them what real persecution is. That usually shuts them up.

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  4. Ah the persecution narrative, it seems so weird now since leaving Christianity. To most Christians in the western world persecution = we can’t force our rights on you. It’s kinda insulting too when people with comfortable lifestyles in the US scream ‘persecution’ while people in several other countries are actually suffering and being tortured for their beliefs (I’m not just referring to Christians here obviously).

    Another disturbing thing about the persecution narrative, is that Christians will exclusively focus on their own kind being persecuted (real or not), but ignore everyone else. Wasn’t Christ a believer in loving everyone, not just other Christians? ah well.

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  5. LOL…well done!

    I would agree with the above, that Christians proclaiming they are being persecuted is a great way to attract attention and build some numbers, but unfortunately not many people are buying it except for those who already trying to sell it. I mean being fed to lions IS definitely persecution. Losing your privilege is not persecution, even if that’s what it feels like. Also I am sure it must be frustrating to live in a society where people who don’t share their belief system can have input into how the society should be run. Back in the good old days when you could jail and execute heretics, that’s when Christians had it good…and I’m sure it wasn’t the case that they were persecuting anyone.

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  6. Hi,, CA,
    I have to ask, do Christians, in particular Lutherans, wish Happy Hanukkah to Jewish people, or Happy Kwanzaa to Black people, or any kind of holiday greetings to Muslims or Hindus and Buddhists, or do they just say Merry Xmas to everyone regardless of a person’s particular religion, beliefs, or background?
    And what happened to turning the other cheek, or a number of other Biblical credos I have forgotten over the past 50 years or so. Persecuting Christians, be they Lutheran, Catholic, or any other Christian faith, sounds like it is a full-time job. Does anyone get paid for doing unto them?

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  7. Finally got a chance to get back to my blog roots and read some of the newest posts that everyone has out there. Great post! I really enjoyed it, especially the past about Google Advertising. lmao What a strange thing to view as persecution…

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  8. Ironically enough, persecution is part of the Christian identity. Christians actually love being persecuted because it aligns with everything Jesus said would happen in the bible. It’s a very bizarre contradiction. They complain of being persecuted and yet, they bask in it because their spiritual worldview tells them if they are being persecuted they’re doing something right.

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  9. Regards Christian ads – I don’t see any of them on the web. I use a couple different things like AdBlock+, AdBlock for Youtube, and ScriptSafe. That blots out 99.99%. Some ads do creep through but only a hundreth is better than the never ending stream of stupid.

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  10. Hey … I want you to know that I resent this post. I try really hard not to offend all my poor Christian friends … and your post just put all these nasty ideas into my head on how I might be doing so. I feel so ashamed.

    AND … I can barely stop laughing! 🤣🤣🤣

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  11. This is hysterical. Deep breaths, now. I get the very strong sense of your hands poised over the keyboard, and descending on it, writing most if not all of this in one torrent, Snark flag flying high…

    But as Neil says, Christians won’t get it. They will be nodding their heads in solemn agreement, little those little bobble headed dolls, at all the terrible things the atheists are doing to them…

    Brava, brava, brava

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