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*Image: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico, c. 1423-4 [National Gallery, London]

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing

David G. Bonagura Jr. teaches at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York. He is the author of Steadfast in Faith: Catholicism and the Challenges of Secularism and Staying with the Catholic Church: Trusting God’s Plan of Salvation.

David G Bonagura, Jr.“I humbly request that you lose the victim mentality,” a critic wrote to me recently, arguing that ours is a secular country. “Christianity is not being attacked, but rather put in its place as one religion among many in a pluralistic, multi-racial, democratic republic.”

For Christians who have been taken to court, fined, or lost jobs for adhering to Biblical morality – Jack Phillips, Kim Davis, and the Little Sisters of the Poor are prominent examples – a feeling of being attacked is likely not overstating the case. Biblical morality, which until recent years was shared by most Americans, has suddenly been deemed a threat to the well-being of others. Across the Atlantic in Finland, a member of parliament is currently on trial for hate speech because she supports Biblical morality. So, something more must be at work than Christians merely being asked, in the name of pluralism, to stand back as one group among many. …

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