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:
- Both Islamophobia and Christophobia exist.
- Both Islamophobia and Christophobia are nonsense concepts and do not truly exist.
- Islamophobia exists, but Christophobia does not.
- 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.