On the Church of England website there is a prayer entitled “Prayer for Christians facing persecution abroad.” It is a perfect example of the apologetic Christianity that the politically correct, word fascists of my denomination are continually inserting into the liturgy in their apparent attempt to turn Anglicanism into a “nice,” safe, castrated, religion that will offend nobody. Here is the prayer (notice the complete lack of the word Christian in the composition).
O Lord God,
your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his resurrection
he restores life and peace in all creation.
Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance
and those oppressed by their fellow humans.
Remember in your kingdom those who have died.
Lead the oppressors towards compassion
and give hope to the suffering.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I’m not saying that we should not pray for victims of intolerance from other faiths and none but this prayer is being described as a prayer for persecuted Christians. By wrongheadedly trying to avoid offence the writer of this prayer ends up offending the very people the prayer is supposed to be helping by relegating them to the non-specific. It’s like telling a cancer sufferer who has asked you to pray for him or her that you will only agree to say a prayer for cancer sufferers in general.