“Christian Persecution in America”

-This poem is not an attack on Christians but rather a critique of those complaining of persecution while living in one of the safest places on Earth for members of their religion.

“Persecution has become the rule of modern times—
We face declining freedom,” Pastor chimes.
But name a president who’s slandered God,
And find a place where Christians bear the rod,
where on the streets a person glances down
No church is filled with nearly half the town.
The lost majorities that you often mourn
Are rearing children who are Christians born.
While people’s blood in other lands is spilled,
You’re free of any fear of being killed.
Unless your kind is hearing threats of death,
Those false complaints are only wastes of breath.
You’ve been less wronged than you’ve supposed
Because no view exists that’s not opposed.

A sonnet by Paul Burgess


10 thoughts on ““Christian Persecution in America”

    1. paulwhitberg Post author

      Thank you! I think we often lose sight of how safe and painless it is for most people living in the U.S. to express their opinions and religious beliefs. To have a belief or opinion entails encountering those who disagree. What we think of as oppression here is often only disagreement. Thank you again for reading and commenting!

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  1. mistermuse

    I think it’s safe to say that Christians themselves would disagree with each other over the Persecution Complex experienced by some of their number. Great poem, but don’t expect to win any converts!


  2. paulwhitberg Post author

    I should probably add that there are several non-violent forms of persecution that people might face and that most of the “persecution” the poem’s subjects complain about falls under the category of disagreement rather than persecution. In many social and professional situations in America, open Atheism would be much more disadvantageous than open Christianity.

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