I was scrolling down my Facebook feed when I found this post by The Economist with the accompanying news item:
Across the world, it seems there has been a “marked increase” in the specific targeting and persecution of atheists and humanists. Dreadful as it is, this trend could be a negative side-effect of a “different, positive, parallel trend”—the fact that atheism and humanism are being recognised as cohesive world-views
There is a link in the article itself which leads to to an organization which posts reports about “discrimination against non-religious people”.
Now… is it just me or is this legitimization of secular liberalism? From what I know secularism is now the new status quo. Promotion of secular hegemony I guess (to borrow from Gramsci)?
Because what we Christians are experiencing, especially in the developed world, is persecution from atheists and humanists for the mere fact that we are Christians - most especially in the internet. Already the photo in the article is a very vocal manifestation of that persecution. I know there are atheists out there who are afraid of expressing their beliefs and are being persecuted because of the social circumstances they are in, and of course this is not the right way to approach these people because they’re persons with dignity too. I’ve read somewhere this is the case in the US’s Bible Belt?
I know that most of the article tells about persecution in mainly Muslim countries, but I think it’s just over-generalization - a fallacy most atheists love to make. The person who wrote this article is probably part of the organization I mentioned above.