"We are living in precarious times, not terribly different from the days of the early church. "
If you were actually living in those kinds of times you would not be writing for this newspaper and would probably be in jail or dead. Christians need to get over this persecution complex they have. If you are not in jail, on the run, or threatened with losing your life or your property w/o due process, YOU ARE NOT BEING PERSECUTED.
What you are "being" is removed from your hegemony over this country. No longer are your peculiar beliefs taken for the default in every national discussion and power just given up to you--and its about time.