When I google “Islamophobia,” the following definition appears: “dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.”

Thus, if we are to be intellectually honest and consistent, we can likewise define Christophobia as follows:  “dislike of or prejudice against Christianity or Christians, especially as a political force.”

Now, there are four positions one can take:

  1. Both Islamophobia and Christophobia exist.
  2. Both Islamophobia and Christophobia are nonsense concepts and do not truly exist.
  3. Islamophobia exists, but Christophobia does not.
  4. Christophobia exists, but Islamophobia does not.

While we can agree or disagree about the truth of positions #1 and #2, they are intellectually consistent and could be rooted in an intellectually honest approach.

Positions #3 and #4 and intellectually inconsistent and stem from an intellectually dishonest approach.

Position #2 appears to be held by the New Atheists, although some might acknowledge the existence of these phobias on a case-by-case basis if there is powerful evidence for it.  Position #3 appears to be the position of Social Justice Atheists (SJAs), who routinely accuse others of Islamophobia (just ask Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins), while they wallow in their own Christophobia. So while the New Atheists hate religion, the SJAs are Christophobes (they hate Christians).

What this tells me is that the SJAs are likely to be more dishonest, sneaky, and manipulative than the New Atheists.

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4 Responses to Christophobia

  1. Kevin says:

    It’s interesting that social justice warriors are all about gay rights and women’s rights and minority rights, but then they toss all of that aside to defend Islam – the worst enemy of human rights in the world except possibly North Korea – if it gives them the chance to attack Christianity. And they don’t even have to be atheists to have that attitude.

    Highly irrational, but such is the social justice warrior.

  2. Ilíon says:

    It’s interesting that social justice …

    … wankers.

    They throw all that under the bus because they’re “wankers”

  3. Ryan says:

    I take position #2. However, I do acknowledge that there may be some very rare cases where a person has developed what could be called a “phobia”. Generally, though, the word “phobia” is overused and abused to a laughable extent.

    The other problem is that “phobia” is not very accurate in the terms “homophobia”, “Islamophobia”, etc. I wouldn’t describe the scumbag who slaughtered dozens of people in Orlando as “afraid” of homosexuals, but rather as having a deep hatred for them, which it seems had something to do with his own “demons”.

    I believe that all hatred has a component of fear in it, but that doesn’t mean we should discard the concept of “hate” and describe it all as “fear”. For instance, I think it’s more accurate to say that Hitler “hated” Jews rather than saying that he “feared” them.

    Again, I think the motivation for describing these things as “phobias” is a type of veiled ad hominem attack. If someone criticizes Islam you can label them as suffering from “Islamophobia”, and then the “take your medication” insults are not far behind. It’s suggesting that the person is mentally ill because they are critical of an idea.

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