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George Yancey, is professor at The University of North Texas, and the author of 14 books on race and religious bias. As a Black man and a Christian, he has experienced both. In his experience, there is plenty of bias from both directions, but in academia, the religious intolerance is much worse. “Things outside of academia have happened to me as an African-American. But within academia, I’ve faced more intolerance as a Christian, and it’s not even close.”

To illustrate the difference in modern America, Yancy mentions stores that “will sell you a ‘So Many Christians, So Few Lions’ T-shirt will not sell you one with the Confederate flag.” As Christians in current culture we can hold on to Jesus’ promise that as we are persecuted for our beliefs God blesses us. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Marvin Olasky, From Racial to Religious Bias, World, December 26, 2015 pp 28-29

Matthew 5:10–12 (HCSB) “Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 11 “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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