On more than one occasion I have taken issue with Christians in the U.S. whining about perceived “persecution” that they experience (here, here, here, and here) and have pointed out that our brothers and sisters around the world would rightly laugh at what we consider suffering for the faith.
If you want to know what modern persecution really looks like, consider recent events in India. In response to the murder of a Hindu leader by Maoist rebels (and no these are not those elusive Christian Maoists), Hindus have begun burning Christian meeting places, assaulting priests, and gang-raping nuns.
I tend to roll my eyes when people on the right or left complain about the big, bad media. In my experience, the criteria that most Americans use to distinguish good, objective reporting from biased reporting is whether or not the story in question supports or threatens their already-held assumptions. However, it is hard to not conclude that American media has completely dropped the ball on this. Consider this headline: Faiths Clash, Displacing Thousands in East India. The first line of the story states:
NEW DELHI — At least 3,000 people, most of them Christians, are living in government-run relief camps after days of Christian-versus-Hindu violence in eastern India, government officials said.
This doesn’t really sound like a clash to me; more like a religious rumble between Christians and Hindus. As Get Religion observes:
Now, if you read that this was “Christian-versus-Hindu violence” and then you read that the riots began with the death of a Hindu leader, what would you assume? Let’s see, that would be Christians attacking Hindus and a Hindu leader was killed, thus leading to violence in which Hindus responded to the violence against them.
Draw your own conclusions on this.