It is ludicrous to the extreme to hear the evangelical Christian church moan about persecution. While they fill the parking lots with new "beamers", worship in sumptuous mega-church buildings, fill the airways with religiously orchestrated theater, and slavishly pay millions in tax free dollars to their self appointed ministers, these same saints cry endlessly about being the last folks it is legal to hate.
Just to accentuate the point, their preachers love to quote II Timothy 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution". Many are so bold as to state emphatically that if you are not being persecuted, you are not a true Christian. How convenient is that. Better get on the persecution bandwagon or get lost.
Of course, in the minds of the evangelicals, rejection of their message amounts to persecution. Since their message is thoroughly objectionable and therefore easily rejected, they can see persecutions galore. Is a refusal to embrace my church's doctrine really personal persecution? Am I persecuted when the preacher presents the message to someone who rejects it or is is only the preacher persecuted. Can the entire church suffer persecution because my personal efforts to present the church message were ineffective? You see how convoluted this line of reasoning becomes.
No, a rejection of the church's message is not persecution. Most such rejections involve little more than a mild attempt to ignore and separate from the messenger. Mean spiritedness usually results when the evangelical "know it all" insists on being heard even after the hearer has clearly called a halt to the monolog. In that case the persecution is perpetrated by the evangelical, not the unbeliever.
It may be helpful to the ego to see oneself as a victim, while luxuriating in the role of the chosen few; but outside the sacred circle of the church, these claims of persecution lack any real credibility. The powerful influence of Christian Orthodoxy's theology on public policy and all of societies institutions make any claim of mistreatment dubious. The powerful and influential rarely can legitimately claim disadvantage and persecution at the hands of the rest of humanity.