None Dare Call It Persecution

Christians In Damascus are being forced by ISIS to sign a contract with these ten rules in return for exclusion from punishment:

  1. Christians may not build churches, monasteries, or hermitages in the city or in the surrounding areas.
  2. They may not show the cross or any of their books in the Muslims’ streets or markets, and may not use amplifiers when worshiping or during prayer.
  3. They may not make Muslims hear the reciting of their books or the sounds of church bells, which must be rung only inside their churches.
  4. They may not carry out any act of aggression against ISIS, such as giving refuge to spies and wanted men. If they come to know of any plot against Muslims, they must report it.
  5. They must not perform religious rituals in public.
  6. They must respect Muslims and not criticize their religion.
  7. Wealthy Christians must pay an annual jizya of four gold dinars; middle-class Christians must pay two gold dinars, and the poor must pay one. Christians must disclose their income, and may split the jizya into two payments.
  8. They may not own guns.
  9. They may not engage in commercial activity involving pigs or alcohol with Muslims or in Muslim markets, and may not drink alcohol in public.
  10. They may maintain their own cemeteries.
  11. They must abide by ISIS dress code and commerce guidelines.

The brutality ISIS has committed against Christians in the Middle East can easily be called persecution. Whenever Christian martyrdom is imagined, Nero feeding Christians to the lions is a familiar thought. So, the question is whether or not Christians simply being forced to submit to the rules of an ISIS community is persecution. They are allowed to worship in private and function in society in a limited away, so it is persecution?

In the legal and social fallout of homosexual marriage being officially sanctioned by the government, some Christians have refused to comply with the sanction. They refuse to bake gay wedding cakes or issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples or marry gay couples. Conservative Christians call it persecution while Progressive Christians dismiss persecution claims as a “persecution complex.”

But what if these ten rules were issued by a Southern Christian community on gays and they looked like this:

  1. LGBTs may not build buildings in the city or in the surrounding areas.
  2. They may not show Gay Pride symbols or any of their flags in the Christians’ streets or markets, and may not use amplifiers when speaking or singing or during ceremonies.
  3. They may not make Christians hear the reciting of their books or the sounds of speeches, which must be made only inside their homes.
  4. They may not carry out any act of aggression against Christians, such as giving refuge to spies and wanted men. If they come to know of any plot against Christians, they must report it.
  5. They must not perform LGBT celebrations in public.
  6. They must respect Christians and not criticize their religion.
  7. Wealthy LGBTs must pay an annual tax of $4800; middle-class LGBTs must pay $2400, and the poor must pay $1200. LGBTs must disclose their income, and may split the tax into two payments.
  8. They may not own guns.
  9. They may not engage in commercial activity involving entertainment or alcohol with Christians or in Christians markets, and may not drink alcohol in public.
  10. They may maintain their own cemeteries.
  11. They must abide by Christian dress code and commerce guidelines.

What if every gay man and woman had to sign this contract or face prison time? Would Progressive Christians call that persecution? Yes, I think they would and would do so loudly. And Progressive Christians would do so while at the same time accepting such a contract for themselves without calling it the same. They would call it loving one’s enemies, but such love makes their enemies into friends and their fellow faithful into outcasts.

It seems strange that Christians would advocate for the liberty of those who reject Christianity while accepting the curtailing of liberty of those who labor to uphold it.

Advertisements

Author: M.W. Peak

Just a humble guy trying to make his way in the universe.

1 thought on “None Dare Call It Persecution”

  1. I’ve said it often, Progressive Christianity is a cancer. It needs to be confronted more harshly by all those faithful to the Lord God. These are the people who would disarm us and applaud our slaughter in the name of ‘tolerance’, a god far more heinous than the Islamic deity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s