I was reading through Lisa Graas’s blog the other day and she had some excellent material regarding Christianophobia. While I’m of course aware of it, being a Catholic Priest, I was unaware it was being addressed and called what it is to such a large degree in the international community.
I’m such a homebody at times.
Here’s a small sampling of articles on Christianophobia:
We can always start with one of the many articles on Pastor Youcef Naderkhani, the Iranian Pastor who converted to Christianity and refuses to convert back to Islam, and so is set to be executed.
On the world stage as he is, one would doubt Iran would be so dumb as to go ahead and execute him. But one never knows, hence the drama.
Anti-Christian Sentiment from Wikipedia, which is not always the best source, but one can always edit it oneself, or join in the conversation.
This also leads to Anti-Catholicism.
From Reuters in 2010, we havePope Benedict Decries Growing Christianophobia in Europe.
“I also express my hope that in the West, and especially in Europe, there will be an end to hostility and prejudice against Christians because they are resolved to orient their lives in a way consistent with the values and principles expressed in the Gospel,” he said in the message. “May Europe rather be reconciled to its own Christian roots, which are fundamental for understanding its past, present and future role in history.”
Americans are among the most tolerant of peoples. No one demands that any dissenting adult or child be made to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, or join in Christmas caroling, or be forced to say a prayer before class, or go to church at Christmas. The Christian majority only asks that they be free to be themselves, to exercise their freedom to express their love of their Savior as the First Amendment has always guaranteed.
But what are we to make of Maplewood, N.J., where the Columbus High School brass ensemble was ordered not to play a single Christmas carol at their holiday concert, not even an instrumental version. Parents and students were outraged. “This is censorship at its most basic level,” said student Ryan Dahn. Correct, Ryan.
Islamophobia, a sadly familiar term, and now has a parallel — “Christianophobia”
The bomb attack that killed 21 Christians leaving Mass in Egypt “offends God and all of humanity,” says Pope Benedict XVI, who is painfully aware of and dismayed by attacks on Christians around the globe.
An example might be this What’s at Stake in Religious Liberty iHosanna/Tabori Case which is saying that the Dapartment of Justice is stating that the religious exemption should not exist at all…
If, as the EEOC [via DOJ] urges, the Supreme Court decides the ministerial exception should not exist at all, the floodgates open for lawsuits claiming all sorts of “discrimination” by religious institutions that heretofore had been accepted as a legitimate form of religious expression.
(In other words, the Catholic Church could be sued by women for not hiring women as Pastors.)
Here’s an article expounding upon a rational and healthy fear of Islam
Is fear of terrorists inspired by Islam irrational? There have been 17,800 terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims in the name of Allah since 9/11. Is it unreasonable to be concerned that 30,000 shoulder-ready surface-to-air missiles have recently gone missing in the Muslim nation of Libya, where both government and rebels support the Islamic jihad against America and the West?
Would not a reasonable person be concerned about the attacks plotted and carried out by Muslims in the United States who claim to be inspired by the Koran and who regard themselves as holy warriors in the jihad declared by Osama bin Laden and other Muslim fanatics? These Muslim attacks include the successful massacre of unarmed American soldiers at Fort Hood by Nidal Hassan, a self-declared Muslim warrior whose anti-infidel rantings were ignored by the military brass.