I’m going to respond to this bit:
But what Jenessa seems to be neglecting is that persecution of the Church in America has had a far more subtle effects than that the direct suffering of our fellow Believers in other countries. According to The Jeremiah Prophet web site, the War On Christianity has been gradual and under the radar, ranging from public domain to schools to business and more.
Things like a Krispy Kreme store denying students free donuts as promised for getting As on their report cards simply because the grades were earned in Bible class. And a convicted child rapist being set free simply because the judge quoted from the Bible while pronouncing the sentence. Tourists in Washington, DC were ordered to stop praying in the rotunda of the US Capitol. A student on school grounds (before and after school hours) was suspended solely for handing out (not forcing) religious literature. Even student-led prayers voluntarily done have been deemed wrong. And many more. It does not take a lot of deep investigation before one realizes that the persecution that is going on is not so much aimed directly at the Believers, themselves, with physical force, but is aimed at their very ability to live out their faith as freely as the very Constitution of their country promises! What’s worse is that this is happening even within our own government.
Now what I find hysterical first of all is that the first proof of christian persecution in the US is christians not getting free doughnuts. To cite this as christian persecution is absurd. When I think persecution I think murder, torture, imprisonment, censorship, intimidation… not an isolated instance of someone being a dick to you. If that is what passes for “persecution” then hoo-boy are atheists persecuted ALL THE TIME. [edit: it now occurs to me that they could have actually not counted religious grades to even the playing field and not give children in religious schools an advantage, which would be totally reasonable. If say you got a free doughnut for getting 3 A’s] The second I assume was the judge being retarded and handing a rapist grounds for appeal, which is the judge’s fault. However the US court system not being allowed to overtly enforce the bible is again not persecution. The third is a rule that applies to EVERYONE. People of no faith are allowed to use the capital building for public acts of worship. A student getting suspended for evangelizing on school grounds, again not christian persecution. The students there are a captive audience, you can’t mandate by law that someone has to be somewhere and then let that be abused for the purpose of evangelism. Again a rule all faiths BUT christianity have no problem abiding by.
This list is really feeble, it’s basically a random list of christians not getting their way and pitching a fit about it.
Christians who fantasize about being persecuted do so because they’re taught that they’re not christians unless someone is persecuting them. They’re also taught that the most awesome thing the most awesome guy who ever lived ever did was martyr himself for no good reason. That’s the role model, literally a guy on a stick.