One of the biggest, most oft-repeated claim is that there’s a war on Christianity in the country. Challenging this claim is one of the biggest breaches of political correctness that you can make, and it’s no secret that very few things in the universe are as regular and predictable as manufactured Christian outrage over perceived slights. At this point, there are probably people getting ready to go into the comments and proclaim this “another anti-Christian piece,” since I’ve violated political correctness by pointing out their behavior. Others didn’t even make it this far; they hit the comments after reading the title.
Of course, we all want to think that we get outraged for the right thing. Perhaps there’s something that we’re not seeing; let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, Christians are persecuted for their faith in other parts of the world. These are places where Christians are brutally attacked, murdered, raped, abused, and subject to government-sponsored silencing attempts — that is, where Christians are persecuted.
Surely right-wingers wouldn’t pretend to be suffering here in the United States, and in the process denigrating and making a mockery of real Christian suffering in the world, right? Surely they value the suffering and abuse of their brothers and sisters of the faith more than that, and they’re not that narcissistic and histrionic.
You know, let’s set the bar even lower. Let’s hear them out; maybe it’s not as bad as it is in other countries. Dismissing them out-of-hand because they’re not victimized to the same degree as they are in other countries is a logically fallacy anyway; MRAs do it with women all the time. We don’t want to be like them.
With this mind, we’re left to assume that they must be suffering horrible persecution. So, what do government crime statistics suggest about hate-crimes against the Christians in this country?
FBI hate crimes statistics tell a very different story, however. Far from being the victims of religiously motivated attacks, hate crimes against protestants are almost non-existent, while crimes against Jews, Muslims and people of other faiths occur much more frequently, with more violent consequences.
Oh, well then.
The most recent FBI hate crime statistics, from 2013, paint a rather vivid picture of hate crimes in the United States. Most of these crimes are racially, not religiously, motivated. In fact, nearly half of these crimes are; of that a staggering 66% of them were directed at Black and African-Americans. Roughly 11% of them are aimed at ethic grounds, like Arab Americans or Latin Americans. When taken all together, nearly 77% of the hate crime in the United States is racially motivated.
Okay, that’s fine. We can safely rule out any racial bias for attacks on those poor, White Christians.
The next largest category was anti-gay violence. It turns out that it’s not gays who are attacking Christians, though; incidents of that do not exist.
So that just means it’s not the gaystapo carrying out these crimes, with support from Saul Alinsky through a network of FEMA-sponsored re-education camps. I’m sure that, if you’re a White Christian, you’re relieved. You can trust your gay neighbors.
It’s a shame they can’t trust you, but that’s neither here nor there.
So, I’ve beat around the bush. Let’s see how bloody the persecution is against Christians in the United States:
…about 17.4 percent of all hate crimes are religiously motivated.
Attacks against Jewish citizens are the most common religiously motivated attacks. Hate crimes against people of the Jewish faith constitute about 60 percent of all religiously motivated hate crimes in the US. Anti-Semitism is promoted and disseminated by right-wing extremist groups such as the American Nazi Party, the KKK, the Christian Identity church, and a growing number of leaders in the mainstream conservative Christian community. Anti-Semitism is pushed by right-wing conspiracy theorists, who claim a link between the ‘secret society of the Illuminati’ and the Jews. There are conspiracy theories about everything from the Jews and abortion to the Jews and Hollywood, ideas which are peddled by the likes of Alex Jones and Glen Beck. Many of these same groups spread the misinformation about minorities and members of the LGBT community, as well.
The second group that is attacked most often because of their faith includes people who practice the Islamic faith. 13 percent of all religiously motivated attacks are committed against Islamic citizens. That number is 5 times higher today than it was before 9/11.
We already knew that there was an overlap between the neo-Nazis and the conspiracy loons. The neo-Nazis are just now figuring this out, though.
So what’s this mean? It means that, against all odds, Christians aren’t persecuted in this country! White, straight Christians should be happy; you’re not the target of hate crimes at all!
And you know what? Liberal Christians are happy that they’re not violently persecuted. Since their goal is primarily helping others and fixing God’s creation, there’s no time to feel persecuted.
The same cannot be said, however, for conservative ones. They want to be persecuted, after all; it’s part of the narrative they use to justify their besieged, bunker mentality. If they ever experienced any real persecution, they wouldn’t know how to handle it, and they’d fold like a hypermobile card table.
It’s a good thing people like liberals are here, to ensure that you never have to, isn’t it right-wing Christians?