TEMPE, AZ Jerome Johnson appears to be a normal person on the outside. A young, good-looking teacher in Tempe, he appears to have everything going for him. However, he has one dirty secret that causes him to face discrimination every day: He's a Christian.
"People have no idea how tough it is to be a Christian in America, the most Christian nation in the world," Johnson said. "Every day, I get dirty looks by people on the street, my family has disowned me; it's a living nightmare. Hardly a minute goes by that I don't hear some redneck shout a Christian epithet to me. And don't even think about catching a cab late at night if you've accepted Christ as your personal savior."
Johnson's problems started in 1998. A new teacher at George Washington Elementary School in Tempe, he wanted to take a small amount of time out of each day to spread the word of Christ. "All I asked was for six hours a day to preach Christ's message to my 5th grade class, yet the secular principal wouldn't allow it. He said it violated the separation of church and state. I just didn't understand," said Johnson. "I set aside a special corner of the room for the hell-bound dissenters; there was no coercion for them to join in."
After carefully scoping the streets of Tempe, Johnson was able to get 90% of the town to join him in their fight against the school. Alas, the painful persecution didn't stop, and Johnson's Christian Coalition suffered another defeat.
"It's patently unfair," said Susan Bixby, another persecuted Christian in Tempe. "How are we supposed to worship Christ if we can't do it in public schools? It's not like we have a private building that's devoted solely to the spreading of Christ's message to meet in every week."
Added Johnson, "It appears that this fight is not worth fighting any more. The atheists and non-Christians have completely taken over this country. Just look at our politicians: Not ONE Christian among them! Non-Christians receive preferential treatment over Christians in all aspects of public life. When you say that you're a Christian to someone, you'd better watch out. Massive discrimination is sure to follow."