Is it just me or are there increasing numbers of stories about persecution of Christians in countries not known for this activity, such as the UK? Most of the cases I've read do not appear to me to be anything like persecution. The most that could be said about them was that there was unfair discrimination. But is this narrative necessary to vindicate Christian perspectives in a secular environment? Is having an imagined enemy being used to strengthen internal cohesion within Christian circles? Often I've read Christian bloggers express the idea that opposition to their unusual views has provoked an adverse reaction and that therefore they must be doing something right. It's a weird logic, but seems to crop up rather frequently.
When one tries to reason with these people, and show them what real full blown persecution looks like, one stock response is something like "Well if we don't do something to stop what is currently going on here then that is how we will end up too." The thin end of the wedge argument. But it makes no sense. The environment and the circumstances are not related. There is no proof that low level discrimination inexorably leads to religious persecution.
I remain puzzled.