I believe history, traditions, scripture, and reason all point to the Catholic faith.
Yeah, well "freedom of religion" means you can believe in whatever foolish thing you wish, including cleared thetans (Scientology) or golden tablets (Mormons). or Virgin Births (that would be you). That's all the secular authority you need to believe: the Constitution. The rest of it is fair game, so you're as free to tell any balder-dashed lies you want. Heck, Catholics know a thing or two about rhetoric, debating tricks, and apologetics.
FWIW, I believe Jesus was a compliation of characters who existed, but the official character apparently believed the Old Testament was Divinely-Inspired. However, even a prefunctory analysis of the OT suggests the Torah is a clever work of uninspired men (Hebrew elite who, over a period of at least 1,000 yrs, used the belief in YHWH as a tool to control the masses).
Some things NEVER change, namely a need for men to find ways to control other men.
I never once said I am being persecuted. I only made the observation that much hate is displayed through bigotry and typical religion-bashing.
You said HATE was being displayed AGAINST YOU on the basis of expressing your faith: that IS the very definition of persecution.
I repeatedly went out of my way to state that you AREN'T feeling any hatred from me, unless such emotion was improperly generated in your mind (i.e. persecution complex). I assured you that you are not important enough to generate such a strong emotion as hate: rational people don't hate unknown forces. You seemingly took umbrage with any such attempts to dissuade you from your persecution complex.
You said these words:
...anxiously awaiting the hate now...
You've seen the vitriole on here toward me and others of faith, so please don't accuse me of having a complex; the hatred is real...And, I'm no better than anyone else, so if it seems I have some large ego, I apologize. Though you accuse me of having a big ego and a persecution complex, thank you for not hating me...
The definition of Persecute:
1. To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs. 2. To annoy persistently; bother.
Definition of Persecution Complex:
An irrational and obsessive feeling or fear that one is the object of collective hostility or ill-treatment on the part of others.
Claiming to be hated for one's beliefs is the very definition of being persecuted, so even though you didn't use those exact word, you claimed it by definition.
Fine. You need help to overcome it, as I can assure you all day long you are NOT being persecuted, but you'd simply interpret it as further persecution, reinforcing the belief.