Because they play the victim in idiotic ways like this.
I don’t think these people know what persecution actually is. They should look to countries like in the Middle East, or China, where openly practicing Christianity can get you executed, beaten, or burned alive by people who just don’t like you. When they talk about religious freedom, they mean the freedom to force their religion on everyone else. That’s what every calamity like this is about.
Christian conservatives don’t want equality, they want supremacy. They want the ability to legislate and stamp on others’ rights because of their misguided belief that the founding fathers intended the Bible to be the foundation of modern America. Attempts to create actual equality, therefore, are massive infringements upon this “right” to supremacy.
I’d almost say what they need to see is true persecution like they’ve inflicted upon others (beatings, arson, bombings, snipers on hillsides), but that would just fuel the flames and I know damn well they’d never get the message.