Originally posted by whodeyI have to say, I have great respect and admiration for these Christians.
So do I. What is happening is absolutely appalling.
It seems Christianity is coming full circle back to the days when Romans threw Christians to the lions.
Does it? Haven't Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus and other religious people been getting murdered - and murdering each other - over religious differences for thousands of years.
The heirs to the Roman Empire down through the centuries have been the Spanish, the British, the Russians, and arguably - for the last 60 years or so, the Americans.
How does the profile and reach and the dishing out slaughter of ISIS correspond to the relative profile and reach and the dishing out slaughter and power exercised by the Roman Empire (and its successors)?
I think the comparison is ahistorical and just hyperbole.
On a thread on the DF about a lone gunman killing nine people in a country of 320,000,000 you said: "My only point in bringing up Christians being targeted in shootings around the country is to show how there seems to be an increasing intolerance for Christians."
If he had killed school children, would you have cited his deed as "an increasing intolerance for school children" in the USA? If he had killed folks at random in a small town, would you have cited his deed as "an increasing intolerance for small town folks" in the USA?
I think you have serious concerns and serious things to talk about, and you are disgusted by many of the same things as I am, but your rhetoric too often lets you down, whodey, and makes you seem 'attention seeking through your fulminating' rather than a joined-up commentator.
So, you have looked at the sweep of history, and you've picked out ISIS as the inheritor of the mantle of the Roman Empire?
Do you have any links to confirmation bias blogs that have also distilled this perspective from history or distilled it for you?