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Define persecution

Is it anyone who doesn't follow your religion that persecutes you by existing? Is it verbally disagreeing with anything you say? Is it making a generalized statement that disagrees with your religion or any single tenet of it? Is it a personal attack? Since it seems lately "persecution" is the first thing thrown out as soon as some people encounter anyone of a different faith, I'd like to know exactly what line has been crossed to make that qualify as persecution.

ETA: to clarify, I personally define "persecution" as someone being murdered, raped, tortured, ostracized, disallowed from making a living, refused housing, or forced to watch as the same is done to a loved one. This is why I'm curious what definition others are using that makes something said on a website qualify.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 6:19 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • This is interesting. i always figured persecution was when you were literally kept from worshipping,or being killed because of it. Apparently it does mean when you question them now. Who knew?!

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:30 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • For most people it's when their human rights are infringed upon.

    For some Christians, it's when they are no longer given the special status they had become used to.

    Answer by Bezu at 6:30 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • i don't live in the confines of persecution. not many do, really. for most of us in America, one person's persecution is another's personal attack. IMO, true persecution involves bodily harm, exile, death..extremes that the majority of us have never faced, or will ever. when i hear someone say they're being persecuted, i think , ''oh really? i wonder what the Jews living in Europe (circa 1935-45, give or take a generation) would say to that. or how about AI who were forcibly moved (and removed) from their true homelands by american govt? or anyone else who lives in constant fear, real fear, of their lives because of something they can not help?" i'm not talking about choices of belief..those can change for whatever reason. but to actually be persecuted for what is nature/in-born..not many of us can testify to that.
    no one has ever caused persecution to me because of what i believe in. persecution does not = being pissed off.

    Answer by dullscissors at 6:34 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • persecution does not = being pissed off.

    hehehe we need that in big red letters at the top of this section

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:35 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • I think religious persecution would be defined as being mistreated or made to suffer because of your religion. All religions have been persecuted at some point in time.

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 6:35 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Obviously, what it is actually defined as being made to suffer or mistreated is a totally grey area.

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 6:37 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Basic human Rights being infringed upon, torment,exile, violent acts, etc.

    Disagreeing with another person's religious views, not being given precedence over everything or shown favoritism, etc isn't persecution.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:39 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Persecution:
    1: The act or practice of persecuting; esp. those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook. (Don't you love it when they use the word that's being defined IN the definition??)

    1: To harass in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specif: to cause to suffer because of belief. 2: To annoy with persistant or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities); pester

    I suppose, if someone were persistant enough in their questioning, that could be considered persecution. Of course, it would depend on what the questions were, and who was asking them, and for what reason they were being asked, and in what situation. In this society, tho, it seems like anyone who disagrees with anything said by someone of a different race, gender, religion etc is automatically labeled as racist. Or sexist. Or whatever.

    Answer by dianepix at 6:42 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • hehehe we need that in big red letters at the top of this section --

    LOL! i thought you'd like that! :))

    Answer by dullscissors at 6:51 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Persecution to me is going after some one in any way based off beliefs, race, sex, etc. It can include words, physical, or a generalized statement. However I classify a generalized statement as ALL so and so does this. I also don't beleive calling some one out on their ignorance or rudeness is persecution. It is just correcting dumb behavior.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 9:35 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

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