Have Christians in America been the victims of real persecution?

Jump to Last Post 1-9 of 9 discussions (9 posts)
  1. terced ojos profile image61
    terced ojosposted 11 years ago

    Have Christians in America been the victims of real persecution?

    Early members of "The Way;"  later to become known as Christians were hunted down and killed for their belief in Jesus Christ.  Are Americans Christians the victims of the persecution of their predecessors?

  2. coneybridget profile image60
    coneybridgetposted 11 years ago

    No....if were the media would have a field day.

  3. dabeaner profile image60
    dabeanerposted 11 years ago

    Sadly, no.  (Some might say the persecution of the Mormons back in the 1800s shows that Christians were persecuted.  But then, all the other Christians don't count Mormons as real Christians, so that persecution doesn't count.  In fact, they were persecuted by the so-called "real" Christians.)  Religion is EVIL.

  4. grayknight profile image61
    grayknightposted 11 years ago

    The State of Missouri once issued an EXTERMINATION ORDER against the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) there.

  5. aoiffe379 profile image60
    aoiffe379posted 11 years ago

    According to history, the Pilgrim Fathers like the Eleutheran Adventurers left the Motherland- England- in order to enjoy religious freedom. I am not well versed in American history having had only one semester of a course needed for graduation from college. But through literature like The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter I discovered the attitude of people in Salem ,Massachusetts during an era in American History. Granted, the books may be fiction; but I bet they were based on true to life situations.

    I am studying the Loyalists now and I discovered that some of them were tarred and feathered for wanting to remain loyal to Britain. This may not be 'religious persecution' as it may not have targeted one sect; but no doubt, some who were tarred and feathered may have been Christians.

    What I know from real life is that people are selective about who qualifies as a hero or martyr. Many young people lose their life daily for daring to be a virgin or carry a Bible or believe in God.Columbine Incident contains such a story... or maybe a few. Not every human interest story makes headlines.

    Recently in the news[2009/2010] some churches were burned down in a series of fires.Was that persecution for the congregration? A building is condemned and is expected to be torn down.The congregration who worships there would like to use the cost[money] to demolish the building to upgrade it.

    Personally,I know that at one time a 'Christian' university in South Carolina 'stopped' their racial discrimination; but some students were refused admission because they belonged to the 'wrong' religious group or denomination .I am a Christian and I  know.

  6. Portamenteff profile image74
    Portamenteffposted 11 years ago

    In short terced ojos, yes! They just call us nuts, or lunatics, or militia members. You see freedom of religion in the United States of America was put in the constitution not to protect Christians, but to protect Free-Masons. Over half of the singers of the Declaration of Indipendance were Masons. They were persecuted by the Church of England, and the British Crown.

  7. SpanStar profile image60
    SpanStarposted 11 years ago

    Christians during these times I would say have not had the degreed of persercution as that set upon like our predecessors but certainly Christians in America have been threaten, beaten, churches burned to the ground.  Having there been at least two times when someone came into a church and shot the pastor and church members?

    The question I have is does it take someone nailed to a cross before we say-"Oh that's bad?"

  8. Jeff Berndt profile image83
    Jeff Berndtposted 11 years ago

    Not really. Not systematically. Not as a matter of public policy. Have some Christians been hurt or killed for their beliefs? Certainly, but at the hands of different Christians. Certainly, but not for believing in Christ, but for believing in Christ differently.

    The Puritans persecuted people from their own congregation who espoused heretical ideas. One fellow had his ears cut off by his fellow Christians for his heresy.

    Church burnings? Yeah, those are done by Christians (you know, the ones that go around in white sheets?) against other Christians (you know, the ones that have dark skin).

    I imagine that some Christians in modern America like the idea of being persecuted for their faith so much that they kind of want to be persecuted for their faith. They like to pretend that they're victims so they can feel more like the Christians of the early church, and therefore closer to Jesus or some such nonsense.

    Persecution? You ask a Jew or a Muslim about persecution. You ask a black person about persecution. You ask a gay person about persecution. White Christians have no idea what it means to be persecuted for their beliefs. No idea whatsoever.

  9. shogan profile image86
    shoganposted 11 years ago

    As of 2008, 76% of Americans identified themselves as Christians.  I'm not sure that such a high percentage could possibly claim persecution.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)