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It's the top excuse for anyone who harasses and puts down Christians. I'm not sure if they're denying it out of spite, or if they're really that blind.

per·se·cute transitive verb ˈpər-si-ˌkyüt
1: to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief
2: to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities) : pester

Definition of PERSECUTION
1: the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook
2: the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed

And they all refuse to acknowledge how frequent and popular it is. It doesn't matter if Christianity is the 'most popular' religion. Seriously, when was the last time ANYONE insulted homosexuality (at least without getting away with it)? And yet people still complain about it and bash us for being the cause.
I rarely go a day, or a week at the most, without being bullied for my religion or seeing someone else be bullied.
Actually, I take that back. It's not bullying. Bullying implies that you're picking on someone just for the heck of it because they're an easy target. This is legitimate hate, where people WANT to hurt us, WANT to take us down, and WANT to kill us.

And to think these same people turn around and tell me I'm overreacting because "nothing's wrong", and that me trying to speak out against it like this is judging and bigotry.

But heck, what am I trying to pull off by speaking out? I know it will never stop and it will only get worse. The bright side, however, is that any negative comments or replies will only be proof of my point.
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crookedalley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Christians, I can sort of understand if you feel persecuted. There are a lot of atheists and anti-theists (myself included) who like to shit on your religion, and try to make you feel stupid for believing it. Maybe that's wrong to do, maybe we shouldn't do that, but you have to take into account how minor that really is compared to the stuff your religion does: Taking away the rights of gay people to get married, taking away the rights of women to have an abortion or use birth control, discouraging condoms in AIDS-infested third world countries, teaching abstinence to teenagers rather than safe sex, undermining scientific advancement by trying to inject creationism into the curriculum, trying to enforce teacher-lead prayer in public schools, trying to inject Christianity into what is supposed to be a secular government that doesn't play favorites with religious beliefs, and telling every single person who doesn't think like you that they are going to be tortured in incomprehensible agony forever and ever, and that they will deserve every second of it. And that's not even getting into your religion's past indiscretions. (Hint: It involves a LOT of blood being spilled.) 

Compared to all that, atheists being jerks to you over the internet is practically a non-issue. But we wouldn't be such jerks if you just did something to fix these problems. Sure, we would still think your beliefs were completely illogical, but we also think pagan beliefs are illogical, and we treat them a lot better than we treat you. It isn't favoritism, or some Satanic conspiracy. The reason we're so pissed off is that you refuse to acknowledge and address these problems your religion causes. 

Hell, most of you don't even see them as problems to begin with. You don't see the issue with telling certain people that they aren't allowed to marry, you don't see the issue with preventing over half of the population from being in control of their own reproductive organs, you don't see the issue with holding back social progress and the advancement of knowledge because your holy book says so. You don't see the issue with telling people who don't fall in line with your beliefs that they deserve to be tortured in the worst ways you can imagine. You can't even conceive how such things are wrong, because you're so narcissistic that you literally think your psychotic propositions and bigotry are directly handed to you from the author of reality himself. You're so sure, the thought that you might possibly be wrong never once enters your minds, that you see your religion's abhorrent behavior as perfectly natural and just. 

You're so deluded, and so arrogant in your delusion, that you think self-doubt is a bad thing. That self-doubt and self-criticism is "the Devil" trying to trick you. It isn't the Devil, you guys. It's your mind, your conscience, trying to assess your choices. And the worse you feel? The more unsure you are? Usually that is a pretty good indication that what you're doing or supporting is bad, and that you should stop. Self-doubt happens all the time, to everyone, even atheists. It isn't some malign force trying to influence us, it's us trying to examine what we believe and the choices we made. It is the part of you that makes you a good person, and not some heartless sociopath with no concern for how his or her actions affect the world around them. 

You don't listen to that, though, and you don't listen to us. You pray, you consult your ego, and reaffirm your misconceptions in order to justify your reprehensible behavior, or the reprehensible behavior of your peers. It's mental gymnastics, an internal echo chamber that allows you to carry on without thinking about what you're doing. 

So when an atheist like me is being a dick to a pious Christian like you in an online forum, or a comment section, or even on the street, understand that maybe the reason we're being so aggressive is because you've given us no other choice, no other way to reach you. When you stop, we will stop. 


And to the few Christians to whom this doesn't apply, to the ones who aren't spouting homophobic, misogynistic, anti-science, "traditional family values" bullshit, and are in fact criticizing the vast majority of Christians who are? It should be wildly apparent that we are not talking about you. Believe in your kooky God and keep being a decent person. None of this atheist nastiness is directed at you, and if a little bit splashes your way then I sincerely apologize. 
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
Um, try explaining why atheism is illegal in 13 countries, while Christianity is illegal in 51.
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Crazy-Eel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Denial tends to be the beginning...
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Jinxiwillow Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Okay reading through comments on this one is ugh...Sounds like a war lol. I wish I understood religions :/ I belive in God, but have not set releigion because no one can sit down with me.. Or make time even at the church to meet with me...It's highly annoying. Should I just become atheists at this point start burning bibles in the parking lot? Would someone even listen then? I hate asking friends about things because most of them dont even know what they are. What the heck do I do :(
~One confused kitty....
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MemorysEdge Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there... I don't know if anything has changed since you wrote this, don't know if you'll even see this, but if you ever wanna talk, I'm here. I don't know how much help I'll be, but I can do my best (I'm a Christian BTW) :) (Smile) 
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LazyCatLady Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*PLUS,sorry I didn't mean to add a face
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LazyCatLady Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FYI,you aren't being executed or persecuted.
I have met many Christians,Catholics and Jews;plus I am an atheist and we get a long just fine. Although there are a few selected people that belong to said religion that will be disrespectful and talk about their religion to others who don't share their views and basically say it's the truth or use their religion as an excuse to be homophobic and tell people they are going to hell because they don't share the same views as them.
I mean,it's not the religion but some people give it a bad name.
Thus,said disrespectful people claim to be persecuted or some shit.
You have posted some disrespectful things publicly  such as objectifying pro-choicers and saying "why does science have to say their is no god?" FYI science was funded by atheists. 
Maybe that is why some people  think it's aye okay to come at you.
There is nothing wrong with being religious,it's just the way you present yourself
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Religious persecution is actually one of the biggest forms of persecution. Not in America, but on a worldwide scale, it's terrible.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice stamp...and Princess Luna avatar! :D
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AnScathMarcach Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually the avatar is my OC, Genesis: [link] but thanks anyway!
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops! Mea Culpa! :D
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
If you want to stop persecution based on religious belief, you have to fight it in every belief and non-belief. That means you have to fight against persecution not only of Christians, but Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Satanists, etc. WHen doing this, you usually want to start with the most persecuted group. Statistically, in the USA, the most persecuted and hated group is atheists, they're more hated and less trusted than rapists and murderers. When you instead choose to talk about fighting for the ceasing of persecution against one of the most celebrated and least persecuted group, obviously people get suspicious of your motives, logic, and prejudice. Its reasonable.
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AnScathMarcach Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Typical. I'm not allowed to fight for my beliefs unless I fight for everyone, completely blocking out the spark. I still have yet to see someone put down an Atheist for their beliefs these days and get away with it, just like I pointed out with the Homosexuals group. Same with every other group you mentioned. Jews still get some hate, I assume because we both technically worship the same God, but I stand by their side too. Hatred of Christians is the ONLY acceptable form of hate left in America and the internet.

Point proven.
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
That's completely untrue. You have no proof for those statements, but I have proof to back up mine. Only 45 percent of Americans say they would vote for a qualified atheist presidential candidate, and atheists are rated as the least desirable group for a potential son-in-law or daughter-in-law to belong to. A majority of American's also say that an atheist is at least as likely to commit a crime as a rapist, and that they would feel as uncomfortable having a rapist watch or teach their children as an atheist. [link]

"Typical. I'm not allowed to fight for my beliefs unless I fight for everyone, completely blocking out the spark."

Yeah, that's called equality. Not to mention, if everybody only fought for their own rights, we'd all be minorities and wouldn't make a difference when we all work together towards what's best for everybody, we become majorities and create change.
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AnScathMarcach Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then why is it that when anyone else stands up for their equality, they are cheered on, while if a Christian stands up for the same thing, they are attacked by people like you? Why is it that it's not okay to bash any other religion, but it's perfectly fine and encouraged to bash Christians?
Saying it's only 'okay' for a Christian to stand up for their beliefs, only if they back down and give it to someone else instead is like seeing a starving person asking for food and telling them, "You can only have the right to ask for food if you give it to all these other people who already have food and not get any yourself"

"Liberals only support individualism when it’s within their voting base.
If you’re a conservative, your individualism and personal beliefs aren't valued. Your views are just sexist and racist."


You're only digging yourself a deeper hole. If someone is hurting you for being Atheist, maybe it's because you're actually hurting them first.
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Kelsey-Kat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
"Then why is it that when anyone else stands up for their equality, they are cheered on, while if a Christian stands up for the same thing, they are attacked by people like you? Why is it that it's not okay to bash any other religion, but it's perfectly fine and encouraged to bash Christians?"

First of all, don't claim something without proof. I have never attacked somebody, let alone a Christian. Furthermore, people don't usually stand up for only their subgroups equality, but everybody. You can't make two people equal by focusing on only one of them. I don't believe in fighting for women's equality, but rather sex/gender equality. I don't believe in fighting for black equality, but rather racial equality. Furthermore, I don't think its okay to bash any religion. I never said that.

"Saying it's only 'okay' for a Christian to stand up for their beliefs, only if they back down and give it to someone else instead is like seeing a starving person asking for food and telling them, "You can only have the right to ask for food if you give it to all these other people who already have food and not get any yourself""

First of all, this has nothing to do with standing up for one's beliefs, it has to do with fighting prejudice, right? Secondly, I never said you should back down and not fight against prejudiced towards Christians, I said you should fight against prejudiced for EVERYBODY's beliefs or non-beliefs. This is like attempting to make a law that says ALL people get fed rather than only people like ME get fed. You'll get more support and thus more results. Thirdly, you make a false assumption that everybody else is free of persecution from prejudiced, which is obviously untrue as I have stated before, currently the group most targeted and hated only based off their beliefs are atheists.

"Liberals only support individualism when it’s within their voting base.
If you’re a conservative, your individualism and personal beliefs aren't valued. Your views are just sexist and racist."

I'm confused where this quote came from and how its relevant at all.

"If someone is hurting you for being Atheist, maybe it's because you're actually hurting them first."

Maybe it isn't. Maybe atheists are the most hated group in America, even though they are statistically higher educated, have higher IQs, have lower crime rates, have better paying jobs, do more charity, are more likely to help somebody, and more tolerant. Furthermore, if you look at those most effected by this prejudice, it is the thousands of children who are disowned because of their lack of beliefs.
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AnScathMarcach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, what kind of 'proof' do you need? What do you want me to do, take a global survey of everyone on the planet to get statistics on the amount of times someone says "I hate Christians" or "Christians don't deserve rights"?
If you want proof, just poke around Youtube or Tumblr for a few minutes. Type in "Religion" in the search bar. How many instances are something positive about religion, Christians in particular. Let's see... the autocomplete wants to give me "religion is bullsh*t", "Why I hate religion", nothing good there. And the videos that come up are "Why I hate religion", "Religion is horrible blasphemy", "Religion is insanity", while the comments of any video that happens to be pro-religion are all about why we're stupid and horrible people... Does that look like a 'Christian run world' to you? If you would look at it through my shoes, maybe you would notice it.
I'm also surprised (or not) that you haven't noticed the fact that there's not a SINGLE person coming to my aid to defend my side of this argument.

"I have never attacked somebody, let alone a Christian."
Because you're totally not attacking me right now, for being a Christian, because I want freedom...

"I never said you should back down and not fight against prejudiced towards Christians, I said you should fight against prejudiced for EVERYBODY's beliefs or non-beliefs."
You still haven't touched on the reason why YOU don't have to stand up for all religions and I have to reward the people who are hurting me. That's not equality in the slightest. Let's say I did do that though: the ratio of 'support' wouldn't change at all. It's simple math. You have a set of numbers, add the same amount to all of the numbers, and they'll still be the same amount less or greater than the others. Don't give me crap about how numbers 'have absolutely nothing to do with this', just look at the analogy.

"you make a false assumption that everybody else is free of persecution from prejudiced"
Not free, but their oppressors are quickly taken care of whenever they arise.

"I'm confused where this quote came from and how its relevant at all."
It came from a post on a Conservative blog. I don't want crap about it not being a 'reliable source' because it's Tumblr, because it doesn't make the words any less true. First of all, I'm about 99% sure you're a Liberal, even though your signature says you're Neutral, if that's what you were implying with it. You seem to be VERY far left rather than Neutral. The point is that you would be fully supportive of me if I was ANY other religion who also supports your beliefs, but because I'm a Christian, you don't. You automatically think I'm wrong about everything.

"have higher IQs"
Is that really true, or is it only higher because you assume that believing in God automatically brings a person's IQ down?

"and more tolerant."
I have to laugh at that. You're obviously the prime example of a tolerant person... I have yet to meet an Atheist who hasn't been the first to attack me either indirectly by casually saying how horrible Christians are, or directly to my face after finding out I was religious.

You really seem to not notice, or completely ignore the fact that Atheism is a growing trend. Everyone I see is bringing you up. You may very well be a minority, but you won't be for long.

You have definitely given me some proof. You are the living proof that everything this stamp was intended for is true.
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