In a 2015 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher titled "Christianity Under Attack?" Maher, an atheist, opened up his show saying "Christians love to feel persecuted; it's part of their origin story — but we're a long way from them getting eaten by lions in the Colosseum." As evidence for his lie of an opening statement, he then followed up by regurgitating the misleading statistic that 70% of the country is Christian, drawing absolutely no distinction between self-identified Christians and Christians who actually practice their Faith — a number that does not even enter double digits.
In 2015, 70% of Americans did self-identify as Christian, but even this is down from 92% a mere six decades ago.
And as of last year, just 68% of Americans called themselves Christian, one of the lowest numbers on record.
Although just about 7 in 10 Americans identify as Christian, only about 5 in 10 say they have a biblical worldview — and among these, it's a paltry 6% who actually hold and live by this worldview.
While identifying as a Christian is not illegal, living out the Faith seems to be.
In June 2021, the White House released its "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism." The 32-page report identified "anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists" as key components in domestic terrorism.
In other words, if you don't go along with the government and its new trajectory, you're a terrorist (or at least someone to be viewed suspiciously as a possible recruit).
Today's Christians, not mere self-identified Christians, but Christians who actually live their Faith out publicly — these are the ones persecuted and under attack.
Three serious bones of contention that authentic American Christians have with the contemporary U.S. federal government are:
The 2020 election was a prime example of the divide in American Christianity.
President Trump sided with Christians on the most important issues, as he was veritably pro-life, pro–religious freedom and pro-patriotism. On the other hand, his opponent Joe Biden diametrically opposed these Christian mainstays, as he's fiercely pro-abortion, fundamentally anti-religious (read: anti-Christian) and an out-of-the-closet globalist.
Ideologically speaking, 2020 was the 2016 election all over again; it was an election wherein Christians clearly favored Trump (58% of Protestants and 52% of Catholics voted for him).
What worked for Trump in 2016 wasn't enough to secure him a second term in 2020. Despite Trump's stubborn support from Christians, the 2020 election recorded the most mail-in ballots ever, paving the way for the occurrence of massive voter fraud through the practices of counting illegally cast ballots and not counting legally cast ones.
This skullduggery was proven to originate with corrupt individuals and corrupt voting systems — all rampant in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin. The fraud ended up disproportionately disenfranchising conservative Christian voters.
On LGBT issues, a record-high 70% of the U.S. populace supports so-called same-sex marriage — down from just 27% in the mid-'90s. Even more alarming is the 55% of Republicans (mostly self-identified Christians) who support sodomy — down from just 16% in the mid-'90s. That's the first time ever that Republicans who support gay "marriage" represent a party majority.
One of the first orders signed by the unelected president was on "Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation." The order grants men pretending to be women and women pretending to be men access to restrooms of their choice, locker rooms of their choice and school sports leagues conforming to their "gender identities." The order also makes people who label themselves "gay" or "transgender" privileged classes in the workplace.
The State COVID agenda likewise serves as a bellwether for who is and who is not a stalwart Christian disciple.
Last year, as churches were shut down all over the country, many decided to stay home on Sunday. When churches reopened, new guidelines prevented the faithful from exercising their religious freedom.
In March, Deirdre Hairston, a pregnant mother in the diocese of Dallas, Texas, was thrown out of Mass for not wearing a mask.
In August, Portland police allowed Antifa to prevent Christians from meeting in a park for prayer — a right stripped from them due to the city's insane COVID guidelines.
The new test for the faithful is the so-called vaccine. As the various shots are being rolled out to presumptive rushed FDA approval, both Republicans and Democrats are falling right in line.
Americans are now having to fight draconian vaccine mandates — despite the fact that, according to the CDC, COVID has a near-100% survival rate for everybody younger than 70 years old (and for those older than 70, the survival rate is still about 95%).
Healthcare workers, teachers and even students are all being threatened if they don't get the jab, and, as many Catholic bishops all over the United States have fallen in line with the abortion-tainted experimental shots, some are even forcing their priests and employees to get them too — denying them religious exemptions.
Watch the full episode of Mic'd Up—American Christians Under Attack.