Mormon humorist and eminent theologian Robert Kirby discusses the Mormon obsession with being persecuted. In a recent column in the SLTrib (6 Apr 2012), he states:
. . . I’m hearing fellow Mormons speculate that Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency could result in a major social backlash against the church. We might be persecuted again.
For proof that demonic forces are stirring agin, they point to an increase in mean-spirited comments about Mormons in newspapers, online anti-Mormon diatribes and people who say they’d sooner vote for a Martian than a Mormon.
Many Mormons, for some reason (perhaps historical), continue to exhibit signs of a persecution complex. We may have been persecuted in the distant past, but we are not, and I repeat, NOT being persecuted today. Elder Dallin Oaks et al. are incorrect.
Kirby goes on,
Real persecution involves real suffering, not just a difference of opinion about what you believe and how you believe it. If you’re being shot at and hunted with dogs because of your faith, that’s persecution. . .
A persecution complex is dangerous. It’s almost always the precursor to becoming the persecutor. If you believe in a loving God, that’s the part that should scare you the most.