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82-Year-Old Lady on Metrorail Victim of Religious Discrimination

Emma Anderson used to belt out gospel hymns as she rode the Metrorail home. Satan and his demons must have heard her angelic singing. A guard from 50 State Security, the company hired by Miami-Dade Transit to watch the stations and railcars, brutally yanked her off the train this past February 20, causing the 82-year-old Brownsville resident to fall on the hard concrete floor of Brickell Station.

In a grainy video first aired by WSVN, the guard enters the train and tells Anderson: "You're getting off here. Let's go." He then grabs her bag, but Anderson doesn't let go. She falls and, according to WSVN, ends up bruising her shoulder. In a prepared statement, transit spokeswoman Karla Damien claimed Anderson's "singing was causing a disturbance to other passengers and impeding important train announcements from being heard."

Only a heathen or an insensitive person would deem an elderly woman's praising the Lord as "a disturbance." What Anderson went through is wrong. These days, you can't be an openly devout Christian without being ridiculed, scorned, and discriminated against. Tim Tebow has been made fun of because he kneels and praises Christ after scoring a touchdown or leading his team to victory. Ray Lewis was called all sorts of vile names, including murderer (he's never been convicted of such a crime), because he invoked God's name throughout the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run. I call it Jesus racism.

You're better off being a cynical atheist or devil-worshipping member of the Illuminati. Just look at the entertainment industry. Hip-hop artists get rich by referencing evil secret societies in their music. Hollywood is busy making TV shows and movies such as True Blood and Twilight that portray vampires, werewolves, and other ungodly creatures as sex symbols. Even the Catholic Church has been infiltrated by evil through scandals that range from high-ranking priests molesting boys to cardinals covering up sexual abuse.

Things are so bad that Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in 600 years to retire from his post. When he announced his resignation last month, the pope said he didn't have any fight left in him. No wonder Anderson felt compelled to sing about her Heavenly Father.

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