Here's another one I wanted to make an extended comment on, but it's been almost two weeks now, and I haven't had the opportunity, so I wanted to say something. Christian victiomologists are at it again. As I've explained before in more detail, victimology is focusing on victimhood when it's only barely present (if at all), not to seek solutions to any genuine problems but merely to contribute toward one's own sense of alienation and a group solidarity based on resentment toward the group that has, whether rightly or wrongly, been perceived to be victimizing one's own group. In my more detailed post (linked above), I gave a few examples of the phenomenon, some having to do with race or ethnicity, some having to do with religion or lack thereof. Christians, particularly the more extreme elements of the religious right, are no strangers to victimology, and that's what's going on in this case.
A group is complaining that the Secret Service is anti-Christian because it has declared crosses made of certain materials and of certain sizes to be potential weapons. The fact that they allow cardboard crosses, and presumably they'd allow pictures of crosses on paper or signs, is evidence simply to be ignored. That's how victimology works. If you've got a thesis that requires a certain interpretation, then any reasonable conclusion has to be dismissed to fit your story. If the government, including the Bush Administration, which is headed by an evangelical Christian, is anti-Christian no matter the evidence, then what good does it do to explain that these are security precautions that have nothing to do with religion? It feels too good to be able to strike a verbal blow at the evil secularists to pay attention to facts. This attitude is about as far from the Christian one as you can get. Even those genuinely persecuted should not get up in arms about it, according to Jesus, Paul, Peter, John, etc. Furthermore, this is just an insult to those who have truly been persecuted. The minor inconvenience of not being able to bring a tiny physical object that merely symbolizes something of religious significance just doesn't compare with imprisonment, exile, or execution. It's also apologetically stupid, because it just makes Christians look dumb.
Hat tip: There is some truth in that