In a moment of inspiration worthy of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, blogger The Sixth International offers new definitions of persecution and witnessing.
Bierce wrote: “Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.”
Sixth International writes:
- Persecution: a professor of religious studies characterising ‘intelligent design’ creationism as mythology rather than science and, in an email to a private listserv, saying something mildly rude about fundamentalists.
- Witnessing for Christ: beating the professor in question to the point of hospitalisation.
That recalls a statement by a young man who had escorted his rape-victim girlfriend to an abortion clinic: “Sidewalk counselling means spitting on us and hitting us with the butt ends of their signs.”