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Adam Gopnik: Power, Persecution and Pluralism

Adam Gopnik wonders why religious people are feeling 'persecuted' following the US Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Adam Gopnik wonders why religious people are feeling "persecuted" following the US Supreme Court ruling making same sex marriage legal in all fifty states. Can a religious person free to practice their religion actually feel persecuted? Are they just offended by the practices of a pluralistic society, or do they have a point?
"Their complaint is, in its way, one that seems fixed in the political choices of the late Roman Empire: the only alternatives they can recognise as real are either power or persecution. Either you are the magistrate making rules, or else you are the martyr being sacrificed to them."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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A Point of View: Why are opponents of gay marriage so sure they're right?

A Point of View: Why are opponents of gay marriage so sure they're right?

Critics of gay marriage often base their arguments on the certainty of their religious convictions. But societies without doubt are dangerous places, argues Adam Gopnik.

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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