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Conservatives make mockery of religious oppression

Conservatives make mockery of religious oppression

“How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities. Some Christians equate not getting their own way in the political sphere with brutal and unjust persecution.” From The Guardian:

In much of the rest of the world, religious persecution involves forced conversion, mob attacks and genocide by violence or by neglect. In America, your employee might be able to use the health insurance for which you pay a part of the premium to get an IUD.

American conservatives who inveigh against the erosion of their religious liberties are crying that they’re the oppressed minority: not because they face forced conversion or death, but because they’re not getting their own way on same-sex marriage or the Obamacare contraception mandate (though the US supreme court’s conservative, male majority did side with them in the Hobby Lobby contraceptive access case).

But actual minority religious groups – including Christian groups – who face genuine persecution, cast American Christians’ claims of persecution in a ridiculous and embarrassing light.

Read it all here.


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Yes, I wonder how those Christians and Yazidis of Mosul—facing convert, leave (if you can) or DIE—would react to “if you bake this wedding cake, you have to also bake that wedding cake (or else lose your business license)”. Somehow, the latter seems less of a “cross” to bear.

JC Fisher

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