Persecution: To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death for adherence to a particular religious creed or mode of worship.
The degree of religious perseuction that has always been present in America has been quite mild compared to every other corner of the world. But make no mistake, it’s been here all the time. The early settlers tried to force the natives to assimlate to their culture. Some of the very first communities were more exclusive than we would like to think. As time went on, not all new theologies were met with curiousity and enthusiasm. In fact, they were treated as heresies and treated accordingly. After Nine Eleven, some new religious persecution popped up.
Did you know that the Jews have been expelled from every European country in one point or another in their history? Did you know that the twentieth century has had more martyrs than in the ten before it? In every other corner of the world, believing something that the majority does not invites trouble. Being a Christian isn’t something you take lightly, it’s life or death.
I do want to say that when Christians are persecutors, they are acting outside God’s will. That is no place a Christian has any business being in.