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Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Is there Christianophobia in the United States?

According to recent sociological research, yes, in some circles there is virulent anti-Christian animosity.

How widespread is it?

We don’t really know.

Does that mean it’s trivial, or even a paranoid persecution-complex figment of Christians’ imagination?

Not at all, because of the unique demographics of anti-Christian hostility.

Where does this information come from?

George Yancey’s recent book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?, which I reviewed in my column at BreakPoint this week. I’ll have more to say about it here later, too.

(By the way, I’d rather not support neologisms using the phobia suffix, since it’s been so misapplied in the case of “homophobia.” The term Christianophobia was used, however, in the book I’ve reviewed on BreakPoint, so I’ll go along with it at least for now.)

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  1. Yes, there clearly is Christianophobia…or at least Christianophobia against traditional minded Christians with respect to sexual behavior and marriage. It even extends to high levels of the government as shown below with the conversation between a congressman and the President of Gordon College. Which, I think is among the most alarming examples of Christianophobia, a high government official saying outright they want to bring the force of law to change the beliefs and practices of a (traditional) Christian institution. That said, there are still a number of people that disagree with (traditional) Christian views that merely disagree, they find our views tolerable…even reasonable. From what I am gathering and hearing the debate is over whether or not these views are merely viewed as wrong or whether they are viewed as evil…the equivalent of racism (or worse), and possibly must be eradicated by every means of law available accordingly. This debate is not legitimate, but it is where our culture seems to be. It also strikes me as plainly obvious that this debate simply could not be happening apart from some fear of (traditional) Christian beliefs and values.

    “Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, spoke this morning to the Q Ideas conference here in Boston. He, and the college he leads, are under severe attack for holding to orthodox Christian teaching on LGBT. Gordon is Evangelical, but very far from a fundamentalist stronghold. Yet they are seen by many people — many powerful people — as a bastion of bigotry.

    Lindsay told the audience about a phone conversation he had with his Congressman when Gordon first got into the news. He said that his Congressman told him straight up that he hated Gordon’s stance, and that he was going to do everything he could to force the college to change it — meaning that he was going to bring the force of federal law, inasmuch as he could, to compel the college to violate its corporate conscience.

    This left Lindsay staggered. “There are very few playbooks to tell you what to do when your Congressman shouts at you,” he said.

    Lindsay, who is a very soft-spoken man, conceded that Gordon has fallen short of its ideals over the years, “but we are not a place of hate or discrimination.””

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