Christian Persecution In America

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Christian Persecution in the United States of America According to Dr. Carl S. Parnell’s article, “Growing Christian Persecution in America: Believe It or Not,” thousands of Christians all over the world have died for their beliefs in twentieth century; however, this anti-Christian ideology has quickly spread to the United States over the last five decades. Parnell goes on to say that the “seeds of persecution” present in the United States affect every part of American culture, and that Americans are failing to realize “religious freedom in America today pertains to every religion except Christianity.” The Reverend Billy Graham states in his “Prayer Letter to America,” that "Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except…show more content…
A student, Brandon, was denied admission into a radiation therapy program because when asked about what the most important thing in his life was, he stated, “My God.” According to the article, the program director, Dr. Dougherty, told Brandon, “I understand that religion is a major part of your life…however, this field is not the place for religion…” A similar thing happened to another student, Dustin, who replied to a question asked by Dr. Dougherty about the guiding principle in his life with, “My Faith” (Clark). The university backed the professor and stated, students would be better off to “have a concrete reason for wanting to do undertake training at hand than to say only that God directed one to do it” (Clark). Both of these cases are in federal court with the American Center for Law and Justice stating, “This college’s anti-Christian discrimination in not only unconscionable, it’s unconstitutional.” An alarming incident also occurred in the state of California when elementary principal, Craig Richter, was disciplined because he appeared in a short promotional video for a teacher’s prayer breakfast organized to honor educators (Samuel). The article states that the video was viewed by a school…show more content…
According to George Neumayr, “One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains for the military.” When Defense Department Counsel Jeh C. Johnson testified before Congress he stated that the military’s stand on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would not affect what the chaplain said from the pulpit; he just couldn’t voice his opinion outside the pulpit. However, in 2012 military officials “forbade” Catholic priests from “orally criticizing the policy” and permitted “only a printed objection to it” (Neumayr). Neumayr also speaks about the President announcing that he will disobey a provision attached to a national defense authorization bill which states that the religious views of a soldier cannot result in adverse personnel action, denial of a promotion or training assignment and that military chaplains will not be “forced” to perform any religious ceremony that is contrary to “the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of the chaplain” leaving soldiers and chaplains open to discrimination for following personal, religious beliefs. Another incident highlighting Christian discrimination in the military occurred when a United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for “refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer” which the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline” (Starnes). The verse she had
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