Yes, there are Christians who struggle. Yes, there are Christian minorities in other countries who are stigmatized. Yes, there are people who judge Christians when they shouldn’t. But if you were to say that there is a form of Christianphobia that exists in our culture in the United States, as in being the same as Islamophobia, or other fears of other religious and nonreligious minorities in the U.S., I believe that you’re wrong.
Just because a few people may look at me funny when I am saying grace every once in a while, or I may be viewed as a “Jesus Freak” by a select few, that does not equate persecution enacted by a sense of fear. Most of the time, it is because those people have had a bad experience with Christians in the past, whether that be in their families, or in different social groups.
Unless a power dynamic were to shift around here, I sincerely don’t believe that Christianphobia is a thing. I’ll be honest, I used to, and I might witness Christianphobia if I were able to travel to a country where Christians are legitimate marginalized people groups. However, until then, I still stand by what I said.
I am not made fun of or harassed for the clothes I wear, because there are little to no restrictions on the clothes I have to wear for my faith. Mormons may be made fun of for certain articles of clothing they wear, they are a minority Christian denomination believe it or not, but that’s about it.
I can easily engage in a social group by mentioning a church I go to, because they’re so highly available. If I were nonreligious, I would not be so readily welcomed, and it would be difficult to find like-minded people. I would be seen as amoral for having the beliefs I do.
Studies have shown that people trust Atheists as much as they do rapists…that’s not very nice, people. Not at all.
If Christians committed harmful acts, my entire faith group is not shamed for it, and most of the time, is not placed in danger. For example, the attack on Planned Parenthood, protests done by the Westboro Baptist church, or colonialism, which obviously had a large impact, Christians are not punished for it.
There are not a lot of Christians in India anymore since India became independent from Europe’s imperialism, but there are still a lot of Christians in the United States, and people are still benefiting from colonialism. I don’t like hearing about it either, but it’s true.
Whereas events such as 9/11 painted entire faith groups, Sikhs and Hindus were profiled for “looking Muslim” too, as monsters by the media, other people, and so much more.
It’s not the religion is the problem, the people are the problem. However, that does not mean that people fear Christians to the point of causing them the utmost harm. People may fear Christians for what they’ve done in the past, but, again, they’re more hurt than afraid.