Being herded onto boxcars, transported to death camps, and marched into gas chambers:
Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed Matt Barber during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, where the two discussed the legal discrimination bill that was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. As Barber explained, such laws are necessary because gay activists are intent on forcing Christians to participate in sinful activity and adopt a "post-modern, pagan view of human sexuality" or else risk being run out of business or thrown into jail. "You know, pretty soon," Barber warned, "Christians are going to have to start wearing a yellow cross. Are we in 1939 Germany here?"
Listening to someone like Barber fantasize about the persecution of American Christians always reminds of the letters I get at "Savage Love" from frustrated centaur fetishists. The one thing that gets 'em hard—the persecution of American Christians, a half-man/half-horse mythological beast—cannot be found because it does not exist. Centaurs do not exist anywhere on earth, Christians are not being persecuted anywhere in the United States. (Barber and his crowd could give a shit about actual anti-Christian persecution elsewhere.) Paranoid American Christians ache so badly for state-sponsored anti-Christian persecution that, like centaur fetishists in half-horse costumes, they're so desperate they have to fake it:
[Many] conservative and fundamentalist Christians are becoming increasingly panicked, bewildered, and belligerent. They hysterically claim that [not being allowed to discriminate against LGBT people] is tantamount to "persecution," and whine that their inability to further enshrine their anti-LGBT and anti-woman views into law is an attack on their "religious freedom." To reinforce this utterly misplaced persecution complex, pastors in Akron, Ohio decided to call the local police last week and ask that uniformed deputies take them into custody in front of their congregations during Sunday services.
And the local police officers said yes.... Holy church and state, Batman! I don't know what's more astonishing/appalling here: that taxpayer-funded police officers were dispatched to local churches to assist in this propagandistic stunt, or that they were staging an event that quite literally does not happen in the United States. In America, police don't arrest pastors for preaching what they believe—no matter how vile and repugnant and evil those beliefs may be—nor do they arrest churchgoers who drink their Kool-Aid. Put simply, Christians are not persecuted in this country in any sense of the word.
Rightwing Christian nuts are currently building a theme park in Kentucky dedicated to something that never happened. A persecution-themed theme park—a place where Matt Barber can pretend to be a baker who gets thrown into prison for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple—can't be far behind.