Right Wing Watch has caught another wannabe martyr. Janet Mefferd, like so many fundamentalists today, is anxious to spread the meme that Christianity is under attack by a nebulous “Pagan” enemy. Hardly a day goes by when there is not another reference to Pagans and Paganism and the threat it poses to Christianity and to “Judeo-Christian” values.
Mefferd had this to say:
Mefferd: I think the homosexuality issue is an excuse, I think it’s an excuse. I think it’s an excuse of the pagan mind to begin what they have wanted to do for a very long time and that is to wipe out Christianity. Maybe that’s overstated, maybe I’m being a little bit over the top, but I really don’t think so. I think it’s an excuse. I think it’s the pagan who doesn’t want to hear about sin. I think it’s the pagan who doesn’t want the word of God to be believed by anybody because it’s an offense. And I think homosexuality is the perfect issue for them to use to shut Christians
It must be borne in mind that by use of the term “Pagan” Mefferd is, like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson and centuries of Christians before her, including all non-Christians under the umbrella of Paganism. This therefore includes not only those often styled “neo-Pagans”, polytheistic reconstructionists and revivalists (like myself) but feminists, the LGBT community, secularists, atheists, etc. Everyone who is not one of them is a Pagan.
Obviously, at no point in history has there been a plot (by anyone) to wipe out Christianity (scholars recognize that until the mid-third century there was not even one government-sponsored attack on Christianity let alone centuries of persecution) and there is none now. Unfortunately, simply declining to be persecuted apparently makes a person a persecutor of Christianity. Declining to allow them to spread their hate is apparently itself hate. It’s a weird and wacky world fundamentalist Christians inhabit. Sadly, we get to share it with them.
I thought I would present the true history of who persecuted whom, taking the period from the fourth to the ninth centuries as my example. As you will be able to see, people did not exactly flock to become Christians and had to be forced to it, and that the process took many centuries, beyond even the point at which this list ends. And clearly, undeniably, the persecutors were fundamentalist Christians. Though this list ends with the ninth century, the persecutions continued for centuries after in northern and eastern Europe