A: I'd sooner die than let the government, or some pack of terrorists, impugn on my civil liberties!
B: An example, please.
A: Well, you know I'm Christian.
A: Let's say a government came into power that threatened to imprison, or even execute, practicing Christians.
A: Well, even if I had to go underground to practice my faith, I'd do it.
B: Bold, bold.
A: And if they caught me and threatened to kill me for continuing, I'd gladly walk to the gallows!
B: Noble stuff. A little old fashioned - not sure anyone uses gallows anymore, but still.
A: Thank you.
B: So, what would it take to get you to kill them?
A: I.. what?
B: Well, you just told me you'd die for your freedom. Will you kill for it as well?
A: That.. doesn't seem very Christ-like.
B: You don't believe in self-defense? Just war?
A: Yes, but still.
B: Here, let me help you out. If someone came to my house, intending to pull me out of it to cart me off somewhere to execute me for being Christian, I'd blow his head off.
B: Hell, he could just want to throw me in prison for that, and I'd do it.
A: I... that sounds wrong.
B: Why? You're no pacifist. You think World War II was just, yeah?
A: Yes, but...
B: But being willing to die for your rights sounds a whole lot better than being able to kill for them, eh?
B: Everyone loves a martyr. No surprise it's easy to say we'd be one.
A: It makes you sound like a scary zealot to say you'd kill people.
B: And that matters why?
A: I don't want people to think I'm a scary zealot.
B: And if ever it should happen that a group gets power and forces you out of your faith, and the consensus is that only scary zealots give up their lives for their rights or their beliefs?
A: You know, it's things like this that gives Christians a bad reputation.
B: And Christianity is founded on the willingness of good people to do what's right, even if the world thinks they're crazy lunatics for doing it.