Feeding the Myth of Christian Oppression (Augoeides)
The United States is a majority Christian nation, with members of the religion’s various denominations making up nearly 80% of the American population. Nonetheless, in many conservative Christian communities the idea that Christians are somehow “oppressed” refuses to die. It has been pointed out many times that often what these groups consider “oppression” in fact consists of a refusal to grant Christians special privileges, or the idea that Christians (and only Christians) should somehow be able to air views that some find offensive and still remain free from criticism. However, this recent storyshows that there may be more to it than that. An Assemblies of God group in Pennsylvania is accused of staging mock kidnappings and interrogations of students, ostensibly to prepare them for what they might encounter during missionary work in other countries.Lanza said there were about 17 students at the meeting and the mock kidnappers covered the students’ heads, put them in a van and interrogated them. Neither the students nor their parents were told about the raid beforehand, he said, though it was discussed with the parents of one youth who might have health issues.
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Apparently, the point of the exercise was to “prepare” them for life as missionaries in other countries. That said, I cannot believe this exercise won’t make any of them that much jumpier every time a goon like Alex Jones screams about imminent persecution in the US.