Here in the States, we're hearing more and more about how Christians are the persecuted minority "the world over". [But especially in America]. This message is being broadcast by an extremely well-funded PR machine, no doubt. Perhaps that machine is in use to cover-up stories like this one from Oklahoma, where we see just who is persecuting who--if it can be believed. I, personally, have no doubts about it.
Here are some excerpts:
Just Another Salem: Christian Persecution of Atheists in the American Heartland
Not long ago I wrote about the experiences of Charles Smalkowski and his family in Oklahoma. Falsely charged with assault, Smalkowski was offered the chance to leave the state and not file suit against the school district because of their official Christian prayers and persecution of his daughter. He resisted, the charges were increased to a felony, and his family suffered. In the end, he won.
Here's Mr. Smalkowski himself, writing in American Atheist...
"The loving Christians brought their children to hear the verdict. They brought the town. They brought ministers. I even saw another Judge in the back of the room. The Judge who in an earlier hearing while slapping an inch thick stack of papers on his bench saying with a list of witnesses this big you had better be a good boy. It was lies then, it was lies now and the DA knew it! (She was later forced to hand over a written statement she denied for over a year existed!) People prayed openly for a conviction."
So many people attended... but for some reason, neither the so-called victim of Smalkowki's alleged assault nor the assistant district attorney bothered to show up. Why? Perhaps they had a good idea that the case wasn't going to go there way.
Here's the links. Go. Now.
Here's the American Atheist link:
SecFox note: I don't necessarily support the American Atheist organization. They are merely against God. Against theism. Which leaves wide open what the do believe in, usually a 'secular' or 'liberal' version of mysticism/religion, such as Humanism or Unitarianism. I reject both of these as variants of the same bankrupt altruist coin.
Thanks for the links to this story. I would want to see it corroborated but I too have no doubt that it could be true. When Christians take their religion seriously, this is what happpens. Did you see this story:
As for Christians being "persecuted", this is an example of Christians using the tactics of the Left; namely the victimization card of the PC establishment. They see that Leftists usually hate anything related to Christianity so they cry victimhood. Ironically, the Left champions Islam and actually emboldens it (ie Horrowitz's "Unholy Alliance"). I see a dangerous trend in that many Conservatives are seeing this war as a conflict between Islam and what they call the "true religion of peace", ie Christianity. They will argue that Christ's message was one of love whereas Mohamed's messgage (pis be upon him) was one of hate. The story that you linked to shows that at root, Christianity is no more compatable with freedom than Islam is.
Between the socialism and the pacifism of the Left and the Christianity of the Right, I fear for this country.
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