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-Is ‘Christianophobia’ a Growing Reality?

by Dr. D ~ March 27th, 2015

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You have all heard the term- ‘Islamophobia’ from a willing media that continues to be concerned about the growth of negative opinion against Islam and possible discrimination against the adherents of the ‘religion of peace.’ Meanwhile conservative Christians are increasingly facing real discrimination and seem to be considered as ‘fair game’ in America. Are we seeing the rise of ‘Christianophobia.’ Is it a growing reality or merely an anecdotal exception?

Many secular folks view conservative Bible believing Christians as being on the ‘wrong side’ of nearly every social issue. Currently quite a few Christians are being sued and censored for their views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Even Christian organizations and colleges are now increasingly under assault for their Biblical views and morality codes for members and employees. It really does seem to be on the rise and this phenomena is something that we continue to observe and post about on this site.

In article by George Yancey, who did research on the growing animosity towards conservative Christianity in America, the word ‘Christianophobia’ is used to sum up what many are increasingly observing and experiencing.  From the article in Christianity Today:

In the US, hateful bigotry is not only directed toward groups such as racial and sexual minorities, but also toward conservative Christians. The survey comments evidence that some of the anti-Christian animosity verges into unreasonable hatred and fear. It’s Christianophobia. …

The “fear” part of this definition of Christianophobia came from respondents who saw conservative Christians as a dark force seeking to take over society and impose Christian rule. …

I have heard many Christians talk about being persecuted. …But persecution isn’t quite the right term. In the US, people with hostile views of conservative Christianity are quite satisfied with Christians as long as they keep their faith to themselves. …

Such attitudes reflect notions of a privatization of religion, whereby people are free to believe whatever they want, but not to use their beliefs outside of their own private lives.  …

This helps to crystallize the current conflict in our society between conservative Christians and those with hatred towards them. Christians face economically, educationally, and socially powerful individuals who seek to drive them from the public square. Many with Christianophobia are convinced that conservative Christians will drag our society back into the Dark Ages and must be stopped with any measure that cannot be defined as overt religious bigotry.

An important challenge Christians have is to convince such individuals that they have the same rights to influence the public square as anyone else. …

<Read the whole article>

Response: I believe that the article referenced above by George Yancey should be read by as many Christians as possible. It really does help to bring some understanding and perspective to what we have been experiencing and interpreting lately as persecution.

It also gives me hope that maybe we might be able to address some of these irrational fears. After all, in reality there are no major or even any minor Christian leaders of any consequence that seek to impose a ‘theocracy’ on America. Quite the opposite. Conservative Christians just want to have the right to support and speak out for the issues that they do believe in and have some influence like everyone else in the public square.            *Top

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2 Responses to -Is ‘Christianophobia’ a Growing Reality?

  1. Brian

    About 10 years ago, Professor Gary A. Tobin took a survey of college/university professors to measure the level of anti-Semitism among academics. Keep in mind that Professor Tobin was Jewish and his primary goal was to evaluate anti-Semitism, not to study any anti-Christian bias. His results stunned him.

    Only about 3% of academics held unfavorable attitudes towards Jews. Similar small negative scores were recorded for most other religious groups.

    Mormons got a 33% negative rating. Muslims got a 22% negative rating.

    But Evangelical Protestants got a 53% negative rating.

    I have no reason to believe that these numbers have improved any since the study.

    Brian

  2. -Is It Persecution or ‘Christianophobia’? | ANSWERS For The Faith

    […] We recently suggested using the word- ‘Christianophobia’ as a label for what conservative Christians are now facing in the West. It was originally coined by George Yancey. The following is a link to an interview of Yancey about where we now stand in America. He also talks about how important it is for pastors and Christian leaders to prepare and train the America church on how to respond to what we are now facing and for what the future may might soon have in store for our community. Here’s a quote (actually the conclusion) from the article: […]

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