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Worries over Christian persecution overstated

Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow walks back to the dugout during a Florida spring training game against the Red Sox in 2017.
Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow walks back to the dugout during a Florida spring training game against the Red Sox in 2017. (Molly Bartels / AP)

Rev. John J. Lombardi, in his recent commentary (“Why is media ignoring Christian persecution?” May 22), asks "where is the outrage for Christian persecution?" One possible answer can be found in his own op-ed. He cites Chick-Fil-A boycotts, ridicule of Tim Tebow and Christian bakers forced to serve gay customers as examples of persecution.

Rev. Lombardi also includes the mass murder of black Christians in Charleston, S.C., as Christian persecution rather than a racially-motivated hate crime. The other examples he cites are indeed tragic and infuriating instances of Christian persecution, but lumping in Chick-Fil-A, Tim Tebow, and cake bakers trivializes genuine persecution. This is a classic case of the proverbial "crying wolf" which predictably results in the real thing being ignored.

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Joseph Canner, Halethorpe

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