I am writing in response to the March 28, "Top of Utah Voices" commentary by Neal Humphrey "Stomping on Religious Students."
It is my firm belief that religious persecution in the U.S. is all in our heads. About 10 years ago, I made the point to my assistant pastor that WASPS in America and Mormons in Utah are not picked-on groups. Keep in mind, I was in a congregation and paying full tithing at the time.
There is no "war on Christmas," massive numbers of Christians are not being forced to perform abortions against their will, etc. Perhaps most significantly of all, U.S. tax and benefit laws favor tithing payers and married couples. Has anyone ever considered that an elderly homemaker gets Social Security without having contributed a dime to the system?
Humphrey's argument focuses on an aberration and blows it out of proportion. It seems to me that the common bond between Christians and (what passes for) conservatives is that they search for anecdotes that support their points of view. Their recurring theme is "poor picked on me." Humphrey's article showcases this attitude perfectly.
Religious people need to get a clue and quit with the whiny-butt thing. Anybody with a non-Mormon kid in public school can tell you exactly who bullies who.