Saturday Symposium: What is Persecution, Anyway?

Hello, Readers. Happy Saturday! It seems that summer has definitely arrived. We’re grateful to everyone who has contacted us. We are going to be spending some time today trying to catch up on email since we have received a lot of email that requires us to author our responses while sitting in the same room.

Now it’s time for today’s Saturday Symposium question:

How this works: It’s very simple. We ask a multi-part question related to a topic we’ve blogged about during the past week or are considering blogging about in the near future, and you, our readers, share your responses in the comments section. Feel free to be open, reflective, and vulnerable…and to challenge us. But as always, be mindful of the comment policy that ends each of our posts. Usually, we respond fairly quickly to each comment, but in order to give you time to think, come back, add more later if you want, and discuss with other readers, we will wait until after Monday to respond to comments on Saturday Symposium questions.

This week’s Saturday Symposium question: This week’s question is an invitation for you all to get involved with our What Persecution Is series that we’re authoring with Jake Dockter. As Jake explained in his initial post, the series has been motivated by public figures who claim to have been persecuted for their Christian beliefs. In our first post of the series, we explored how silencing could be regarded as the beginning of persecution. Today, we’d love to hear your thoughts: What is persecution anyway? What are important topics to raise when we’re talking about persecution? Do you know of stories of persecution that are getting overlooked by other outlets? Are you interested in contributing anything to the series?

We look forward to reading your responses. If you’re concerned about having your comment publicly associated with your name, please consider using the Contact Us page to submit your comment. We can post it under a pseudonym (i.e. John says, “your comment”) or summarize your comment in our own words (i.e. One person observed…). Participating in this kind of public dialogue can be risky, and we want to do what we can to protect you even if that means we preserve your anonymity. Have a wonderful weekend!


Sarah and Lindsey

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