Some of Danny Mann's latest comments on this blogsite have prompted a spirited response by Justin, and I've taken the liberty to start a new thread just for a continuation of this discussion.
Danny's original comment included this:
"Christians are being persecuted and marginalized around the world, but this doesn’t become a source of shame, but of genuine pride (Matthew 5:11-12). This is because we know that we are in the light (John 3:19-20) and our conscience does not condemn us. If it was simply a matter of society not accepting the gay lifestyle, LGBT people could merely laugh away the stigma. The fact that they can’t suggests that there is a deeper issue."
Here is Justin's original email, which he re-posted on this blog (November 3, 2010 9:56 PM):
"Where are Christians being persecuted and marginalized? Name one place in the USA where this is happening. Name one place in the USA where Christians are being beaten and killed for being Christians. Name one place in the USA where Christians are killing themselves for being taunted and bullied. When you've done that we can move to one place in the rest of the world where Christians are being persecuted and marginalized outside of communistic or Muslim societies.
"You are being rather disingenuous - it is time that you stop.
Danny Mann's response (November 3, 2010 10:34 AM):
"I’m sorry that you feel that I’m being disingenuous about Christians experiencing marginalization and persecution – You challenged me to cite examples for the USA – and I believe that you genuinely feel this way.
"This is a difficult thing to quantify, so let me just give you some examples of what I see from my perspective. I see Christians, especially priests and pastors, consistently made to look foolish and contemptible by the media and the universities, while gays are portrayed as lovable, in-touch and aware. I see numerous cases of Christians loosing their jobs for simply expressing their Biblical beliefs about homosexuality, sometimes even when off-the-job. I see churches being vandalized and Christians intimidated – sometimes physically (especially in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8 in California). However, I’ve seen no examples of Christians bullying gays or vandalizing their institutions.
However, I must confess that what I see might also be badly skewed by my social location. I tend to read more Christian-oriented sources than gay-oriented. These talk about the injustices meted out against Christians and not gays. Meanwhile, I’d guess that you've read much more of the latter and therefore have a very different perspective.