Sorry, my fellow hyperbolists, slavery is not being required to pay income tax. Also, gun control is not what Hitler did to the Jewish people. And the religious right is not being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America in 2014.
In order to be persecuted, American Christians would have to endure more than just their own overstatements about their anguish.
The problem with the overuse of hyperbole is it spurs amnesia to the horrors of history by making atrocities seem relatable. For example: Saying someone disagreeing with you is a Blood Libel is akin to saying almost getting a paper cut is like having all your limbs amputated sans anesthesia.
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A Blood Libel was the widespread slaughter primarily of Jews (with a few exceptions) because of false rumors of cannibalism. On the other hand, someone disagreeing with you is Every Day of My Professional Career.