Religious persecution usually goes one of three ways:
(1) The government looks the other way and allows the members of one religious group to directly persecute the members of another religious group.
(2) The government hates a particular religious group in a nation and directly persecutes that group, as the Nazis did to the Jews in Germany.
(3) The government prefers a particular religion and directly persecutes the citizens who are not meeting the theological and doctrinal demands of that preferred religion.
The kinds of anti-LGBTQ discrimination bills being passed and signed into law in various American states conform to Persecution Item No. 3. I recognized this awhile back when no one else was mentioning it as persecution per se in the news media. I was also wondering when the federal judiciary was going to wake up to this most obvious problem with state-level LGBTQ discrimination laws. These LGBTQ discrimination laws are indeed a form of religious persecution being waged by state governments on behalf of the preferred Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals in certain states. This is being carried out in spite of the fact that many other American Christians; people of other religions; and the nones in these states do not approve of such discriminatory laws. Finally, at long last, one federal judge in Mississippi has just awakened to this persecution. If his U.S. District Court ruling sticks in the federal appellate court (which I think it will), these LGBTQ discrimination laws are: Doomed I tell you!!! Doomed!!!!! You can read about the federal court ruling by clicking on the following safe link:
Many people do not know that these fundie demands for religious freedom protections are actually a form of aggression toward LGBTQ people. They are being lodged as part of a new nationwide political strategy launched by the so-called Religious Right. The rather longish name of this strategy is Use My Religious Freedom Rights to Deny You Your Rights. The most compact and eloquent statement pertinent to the existing philosophical essence of this wicked political strategy was voiced sometime ago by famous Christian reconstructionist Gary North. On this July 4th holiday weekend, when we celebrate American independence and freedom, see if this quotation from Dr. North sends a chill down your spine:
We must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.
Who are the enemies of God? They are anyone who is not a fundie: United Methodists, Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Cooperative Fellowship Baptists, Presbyterians, Greek Orthodox, etc.; people of other religions; and all nonbelievers. Whose religious liberty do they hope to take away? Many of them would be the members of your own extended family.
Just in case you might like to know, Gary North is a behind-the-scenes, religio-political advisor to Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and several other well-known, far right, Republican nutjobs. Christian reconstructionism, dominionism, and theonomy (the unholy trinity) are all heresies against the Christian faith that masquerade as salt and light on the American stage. In recent years, some people have begun describing Christian reconstructionism as the coming Christian ISIS in the United States. A friend of mine, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Pastor Dr. Bruce Prescott, has written a good article on this heresy at the safe link below. When you get there, be sure and click on the various links in his article. Here it is: