Friday, May 06, 2005

Persecuted Christians 

Like our esteemed colleague Fred Clark, the Slactivist, we have always looked down our noses at those American Christians who are so desperate for martyr status that they paint themselves as victims of persecution. (By which they usually mean cultural persecution: that is to say, they have an unshakable suspicion that someone somewhere finds Bible-thumping, creationism, glossolalia, and the rest of the fundamentalist package déclassé.) Well, even Yr. Mst. Bnvlnt. Dspt. gets it wrong sometimes, and on those occasions, which come around almost as frequently as Halley's Comet, we are more than biggedy-big enough to admit it. We know now that there are in fact persecuted Christians in our midst -- American Baptists driven from the church for the simple act of following their conscience -- and, as reformed scoffers, we feel it is the least we can do to bring you their story.

If you haven't already clicked on the link above, we suggest you start by watching the video coverage, either from CNN (courtesy of Zemblan patriot K.Z.) or from WLOS-TV in North Carolina, where this modern-day purge took place.

Remember, as the pastor said, it wasn't political.

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