For some good, clean Friday afternoon fun, I recommend Amanda Marcotte’s piece at Salon (originally published at AlterNet) on the rather odd sorts of people and phenomena that many religious conservatives feel are contributing to their ongoing persecution.

They include (1) “Gay people who want to give you their money” (the vicious men and women wanting to force bakers and florists to participate in their same-sex marriage abominations); (2)”Johnny Weir’s clothes” (clearly homosexual-agenda propaganda); (3) “Paperwork” (the contraception coverage mandate that allows baby-killing employees to buy insurance that subsidizes their baby-killing); (4) “Hipsters who think they are so cool” (devastating Real Americans with their mockery); and (5) “People who do want you ask them to do” (notably Barack Obama, who played the “race card” by launching an initiative aimed at mitigating the consequences of black family structure that conservatives understand as the sole cause of poverty, crime and every other social evil).

I’ve been saying for years that the Christian Martyrs of the centuries would be deeply shamed by the kind of “suffering” contemporary conservative Christians whine about so endlessly. Marcotte left out the golden oldie of department store “Happy Holidays” signs. But then the annual idiocy of the “War on Christmas” meme is, after all, more than nine months away.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.