Now whenever things are so that a lot of people feel they ought to be doing something, the weak, and those who go weak with a lot of complicated thinking, always make for a sort of do-nothing religion, very pious and superior, and submit to persecution and the will of the Lord.
There are no more uses of "persecution" in the book.
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Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
In that country non-Muslims are persecuted by law.