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