Christians Persecuted in America?

I heard Christians are jailed/killed when they go to churches in United States. The bloke said it’s Obama’s directive. I’m surprised—I’ve been a regular member of Quora, but never read that before now. Is it true?

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, Secular Humanist, atheist, studied theology, social work, some philosophy, anthropology

Since you appear to be from Nigeria I assume perhaps your question is sincere. Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States with Christian prayer and Scripture appearing in government buildings and procedures. Some American Christians, however, claim to be persecuted when they cannot persuade their government to let them teach creationism as science in the public school science classroom, or when Christian prayer in public schools is disallowed, or when they are greeted with “Happy Holidays” in stores instead of “Merry Christmas.” I live in Canada but I am certain that no Christian in the United States has in the last two centuries been jailed for religious beliefs; I would have heard, nor for going to church. It didn’t happen on Obama’s directive or anyone else’s.

It is true that some high profile televangelists and pastors have been jailed, but not because they were Christians and went to church. (Maybe they put out such erroneous stories; I don’t know.) They were jailed for such embarrassing behaviour as sexual crimes and tax fraud.

One example is Ken Hovind, an American Christian fundamentalist evangelist, tax protester, and Young Earth creationist. QUOTE: Hovind began serving a ten-year prison sentence in January 2007 for federal court convictions for failing to pay taxes, obstructing federal agents, and structuring cash transactions. Kent Hovind – Wikipedia

Much as Christians like to view themselves as being persecuted for Christ’s sake, being jailed for criminal action is in no way persecution; it is justice for society when a criminal is made to do time. CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW, much as they may like to think they are, not so long as they share a legal and financial system with the rest of us.

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