Here's a story about a couple in San Diego who were busted for having a 15-person Bible Study in their house. Why? It's against local zoning laws. Now, I see this as overzealous zoning enforcement rather than any sort of religious persecution, but it did remind me of something a friend told me.
He's a pastor currently planting a new church. He says that in the early days, Christians faced lions, but now they face Planning and Zoning Committees... and he's not sure which is worse. At least with the lions it doesn't take that long.