Tom Gilson

A Path Toward Persecution?

I have a column in this morning’s Newport News Daily Press, describing four recent cases of Christians being jailed, denied access to education, brought up on civil charges, or denied rights of assembly, all of them in the course of practicing their faith in perfectly normal ways.

I have vigorously resisted claims that Christians in the United States are being persecuted in any meaningful sense. That’s still true on a society-wide scale. The individuals involved in these cases were certainly denied their religious freedom, however. There are others; these four instances represent a trend that I believe is increasing.

Are we on a path toward broad-scale persecution?

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2 thoughts on “A Path Toward Persecution?

  1. Let’s see. we need to watch out for infiltratrions of local police and governments of those hostile to Christianity (as in Dearborn), we need to challenge bad laws (even at the SCOTUS level) and bubbles of intolerance in our schools. I think God is using these attacks to keep us sharp. We should pray for leaders who are bold and unashamed in their declaration of faith in Christ. Pres. Bush not once gave the gospel message during his presidency. And now who knows what our president believes.

  2. I have personally witnessed similar examples of freedom being stolen. Sadly, local law enforcement is often completely ignorant of the first amendment. I recall one time when I was passing out tracts on public property near the entrance of a festival and the police informed me that do to complaints, I had to stop or they would have to arrest me. Another time I was talking to people and offering tracts at a city carnival and was forced to stop by the police. In Chicago the police forced me to leave Buckingham Fountain where I was preaching. They continued to chase me off until I was all the way out to the lake, almost completely isolated. I could go on and on with these stories. Is this persecution? Maybe it is more of a loss of the freedom of speech which has been a vital component to this great nation.

    It is with great joy that I have recently learned that England is beginning to recognize this problem and is requesting feedback from those who have suffered from this supression.

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