Are Christians Persecuted During the Christmas Season?

The Christmas season is now underway. Do you know any Christians who feel persecuted during this season?

Here is a simple chart you can share with them to determine whether or not they really are being persecuted. I got it from another blogger and this is the third year I have posted it.

I think the analysis still applies.

persecution chart

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17 Responses to Are Christians Persecuted During the Christmas Season?

  1. sheila0405 says:

    Actually, the Christmas season persecutes me, ha ha.

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  2. tonycutty says:

    Same here. Can’t be doing with the shops being full of people *all the time*, so that even the simplest shopping trip turns into a minor combat engagement! Bah, humbug! 🙂

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  3. Edie Taylor says:

    My family has gotten used to getting their Christmas gifts from me sometimes as late as June. I have to mail almost every gift and it used to drive me frantic. But now they seem to enjoy getting an extra ‘Christmas” and it is less stress for me. But I really liked the “persecution” chart. I am puzzled by accounts of Christians in this country feeling they are under attack. It often seems like they are the ones attacking! I wonder if it’s that common or just something being stirred up by people running for office. And I’m very disturbed by exaggerations about and hostility toward Muslims. Even talk about how “sequestering” Japanese-Americans in WWII was useful – they were U.S. citizens who were imprisoned! Don’t people ever learn?

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    • Chas says:

      Edie, here in UK, the PC mafia demand that anything associated with Christianity should be ignored, for fear of offending Muslims. When Muslims are asked if they feel offended by such things, they say that they are not. It is the more sensitive among the Christians who feel they are under attack, by the PC mafia! (PC = politically correct)

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      • Edie Taylor says:

        Where do the “PC Mafia” (good name) come from? Elitist universities, small groups of political activists wanting to stir tings up, or people who just take everything to an extreme? There’s a wide gap between speaking up when someone uses vicious slurs against people and eliminating all traces of the “dominant” culture. Why not say Merry Christmas and similar greetings for Muslim and other ethnic or religious holidays? Holidays should be joyful, not occasions for resentment.

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        • consultgtf says:

          Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • Chas says:

          Edie, you are probably right about the universities, because there are two people whose views are considered to be unacceptable by the student representatives of some of the universities in UK. One is a leading feminist (Germaine Greer), who has made a remark about trans-gender people. The other (Peter Hitchens) is a formerly left-wing journalist, whose views they have judged to be racist. As a result, these two have been prevented from speaking to audiences of students at those universities. Why the student body as a whole accepts this ban, which insults their intelligence and their ability to discern what is right, I do not know.

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Edie, I think a major source for this persecution sentiment comes from developments in fundamentalism over the past 100 years. When I was fundamentalist we definitely felt we were separated from the world; I thought many of my teachers were anti-Christian–especially science teachers.

      I remember when ‘God was taken out of the schools’; I even used to sing a song about it in church in the 1960s: “No more Prayer and Bible Reading in the Schools.”

      In recent decades as white Christians have lost more privilege over others in America and can no longer badger other citizens in the name of a Christian America, they have reacted by claims of persecution and attacks on Christianity, which is simply not true.

      I wrote an article some time back on three things that are not Christian persecution, if you are interested.

      https://jesuswithoutbaggage.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/are-christians-persecuted-in-america/

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      • Chas says:

        Tim, this might have been discussed before I began to participate in your blog, but your mention of separation and schools raised the question of whether churches should hold their own schools, to keep the children of members separate from ‘sinners’, or whether Christians should home-school their children for the same reason. Shouldn’t we trust in God to do what He knows is best for His purposes and let them go to ordinary schools, where they can be witnesses to behavior learned in our households.

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        • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

          Chas I am sure I have touched on it once or twice, but I don’t think I have written an article. However, I can offer some my humble thoughts. I went to public school because our small churches had no schools, and homeschooling was then unheard of. But I still felt ‘separated’ because of our fundamentalist attitudes.

          In the early 1980s, I was on the Education Board of a megachurch that essentially served as the leading church of the denomination. A serious discussion came up as to whether we should start our own school. I was vehemently against it; I argued that we had good Christian teachers throughout the county school system, and pulling their influence out of the schools could not be a good thing. It would be a betrayal to the county.

          Furthermore, church schools are always in danger of serving up indoctrination along with education. And if we do have church schools, I think they ought to be available to anyone who chooses to attend–without judgment.

          The Christian Homeschooling movement has been a fundamentalist disaster both in the US and the UK for the past thirty years. I DO plan to do a series that includes homeschooling at some point.

          So I totally agree with your sentiment: “Shouldn’t we trust in God to do what He knows is best for His purposes and let them go to ordinary schools, where they can be witnesses to behavior learned in our households?” That is my position as well.

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        • consultgtf says:

          So, Are we concluding that Children or Students coming out of Christian run Schools fare well in rating of ‘Good Soul’ while others are Evil?

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  4. Chas says:

    I find it ironic that a few months ago, the UK Government wanted to go to war against Assad, the ‘leader’ of Syria, because of his bombing of Syrian people during the terrorist insurrection to bring him down, yet his regime has been tolerant of both sects of Islam and of Christians living in Syria. The insurrection has had the effect of making part of the country completely lawless, letting in the Daesh/ISIL/IS, who must be the most intolerant people on earth. Yesterday, our parliament voted to begin air attacks against this group who are fighting against Assad. ‘The one who is against my enemy is my friend?’

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Developments can change in unusual ways.

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      • Chas says:

        Yes, things often turn out differently from what has been expected, which is why it would have been be better for UK not to have agreed to take part in the bombing of IS in Syria. There are plenty of others doing so already: Russia, USA and France. UK ought to have continued to concentrate their action against IS in Iraq.

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