The foretold turn of Gubberment on religion hasn't begun yet. That event is supposed to happen with a "swift pitch", an event that will be unmistakable at it's onslaught. For the time being, any violence toward "Babylon the Great" cannot be attributed to the fulfillment of Revelation 18.
Only Christ's true followers were supposed to suffer persecution for their faith. So when non-JW Christian persecution appeared in the news, what kind of confusion, if any, did it conjur up in your mind?
We had one elder in our congregation explain that other religions were not being persecuted for following Jesus, they were being persecuted for NOT following Jesus.