Bigots are feeling their oats this Holy Week. I am of course referring to the anti-Christian bigots of the Left who have managed the astonishing feat of claiming with a straight face that religious freedom is bigotry. George Yancey at Christianity Today gives a name to the irrational hatred and fear of Christianity that is so pervasive on the Left in this country: Christianophobia.
When Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired earlier this year over a self-published book that briefly critiqued homosexuality, conservative Christians saw the incident as further evidence that they are losing their religious freedom.
Well, anti-Christian hostility is certainly real, captured by the American National Election Studies, which include questions about animosity toward various social groups. About one third of respondents rated conservative Christians significantly lower (by at least one standard deviation) than other religious and racial groups.
The only group to fare worse was atheists, who received low rankings from nearly half the respondents. But while atheists drew more global hostility than any other group, the negative rankings for conservative Christians came from a disproportionate number of white, highly educated, politically progressive, and wealthy respondents.
As this survey illustrates, animosity toward Christians involves racial, educational, and economic factors; the people most likely to hold negative views of conservative Christians also belong to demographic groups with high levels of social power. Rich, white, educated Americans are major influencers in media, academia, business, and government, and these are the people most likely to have a distaste for conservative Christians.
As a sociologist whose research focuses on race and religion, I was curious to know more about cultural progressive activists, individuals who oppose the political agenda of conservative Christians, and their views on the Christian Right. In 2009, I conducted an online survey of nearly 4,000 people who tended to fall into this politically progressive, highly educated, white and wealthy demographic.
In the United States, hateful bigotry is directed not only toward groups such as racial and sexual minorities, but also toward conservative Christians. The survey comments evidence that some of the anti-Christian animosity veers into unreasonable hatred and fear. It’s Christianophobia.
Go here to read the rest. The anti-religious fervor of the Left has been around for a very long time. What is new is that there is so little push back from Christians. Largely this is due to lack of leadership. Priests and ministers tend to be either missing in action or cheering on the bigots of the Left. Pope Benedict warned about the threat to religious liberty in this country. Today the powers that be in the Vatican seem to either wish to have a truce with the Leftist bigots or to find issues of common interest. The short description of this policy is appeasement. If religious freedom is to be persevered in this country it will be up to the sheep to do so, because the shepherds are mostly either heading for the hills, or attempting to convince the sheep that the prowling wolves are harmless. Well, God has no use for cowards, and it is time for the sheep to show how they can fight back.