Do Atheist Activists Suffer from Christophobia?

Christians are constantly being accused of Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia.  Yet you have to wonder just how many of these accusations are rooted in Christophobia.

What is a phobia?  The dictionary defines it “as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.”  One group that does seem to suffer from such a phobia of Christians and their religion are the atheist activists.  Consider the evidence.

In 2012, atheist activists filed a lawsuit to prevent the 911 cross from becoming part of the 911 memorial.  They claimed the sight of the cross was causing great mental distress for various atheists:

The plaintiffs, and each of them, have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to suffer damages, both physical and emotional, from the existence of the challenged cross. Named plaintiffs have suffered, inter alia, dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish

These all sound like the symptoms of having repeated panic attacks over time.

Now, if you have ever known someone who suffers from a phobia, they will go to great lengths to rationalize their phobia with convoluted arguments.  In their mind, their fear is quite justified.  We see the same thing from these atheist activists.  The headaches, dyspepsia, mental pain, etc. are supposedly derived from “knowledge”:

from the knowledge that they are made to feel officially excluded from the ranks of citizens who were directly injured by the 9/11 attack and the lack of acknowledgement of the more than 1,000 non- Christian individuals who were killed at the World Trade Center.

At this point, they are not thinking clearly.  No one set up the 911 cross at the 911 memorial as a coded message to tell atheists that no one cares about the 1,000 non- Christian individuals who were killed at the World Trade Center.

But there’s more.

Another example of Christophobia concerns the the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  She doesn’t report symptoms, but has similar hallucinatory  reasons for trying to remove some 60-year old remote statue of Jesus in a state park:

“When I look at that Jesus statue,” FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor complained, “I see the continuing efforts of this aggressive, missionizing, male-only Catholic club to deny U.S. women the right to abortion and contraception in the name of Jesus.”

Really?  How many people have seen that remote and cheesy statue  of Jesus over the years and suffered such traumatizing thoughts?  My guess is that if you are not religious, and you and some friends came across the statue on a hike, it would make for a few good jokes or selfies.

In another example, the atheist activists claimed to be suffering “irreparable harm” because of a 70+ year old county seal.  The seal  includes a picture of a cross amidst flags and buildings and animals, and these activists believe it means the government is out there trying to convert people to Christianity. As I noted in that blog entry, there was not the slightest scrap of evidence anyone has ever been harmed by that county seal.  Yet the atheist activists believe this.

Another example is an atheist activist who sued a church for building a huge cross on the church’s property.  According to this activist, he feared the sight of the cross would get people killed:

Greene apparently objects to the giant cross because he believes it will be a traffic hazard, Fox News reported in March. “I don’t think it should be within eyesight because it jeopardizes people’s safety on the road,” he said.

Once again, another atheist activist speaks from a position of fear.

Look, I accept the separation of church and state and think it is a good thing.  But these complaints about crosses and old statues and old pictures strike me as deeply irrational.  And excessive.  As such, given that a phobia is defined as an irrational and excessive fear, these atheist activist “concerns” can best be described as phobic.  And given that the phobia centers around Christian symbols, it stands to reason this atheist activism is merely a public expression of Christophobia.

[HT to John for first making this connection.]

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7 Responses to Do Atheist Activists Suffer from Christophobia?

  1. TFBW says:

    Unsolicited proofreading services at your service.

    In 2012, atheist activists filed a lawsuit to prevent the 911 memorial from becoming part of the 911 memorial.

    ITYM, “to prevent the 911 cross from becoming”.

    … these atheist activist “concerns” can best be described a phobic.

    ITYM, “as phobic.”

  2. RegualLlegna says:

    If i compare all the religions of which i am aware, in christianity i will highlights two beliefs:
    1.- We are all incapable of be perfect, only God is perfect.
    2.- We have a personal moral duty to be and to do good.

    I believe that christophobia is not accurate for the gnus, but that something like imperfectophobia is in point.

    Why transhumanist tend to be atheist and/or science fiction fans, why atheist, when they say that they are “spiritual”, tend to label themself as buddhist (Zen/Meditation only, don’t belive in the reincarnation), yoga practitioners (no religious thinking, so no point outside diet pseudo-science about the human body), pagan (indefinite spiritual practice), humanist (total human centric belief) or scientist (believe in observable-testeable evidence only, to the point that don’t believe in free will or/and believe in quantum mechanics theorists and those of that kind toooooooooo much).

    * Buddhist = Believe in the theachings of Buda to broke the “natural” (i think it should be natural) reincarnation cycle to surpass the usual human state and reach peace. The atheist will say that he is buddhist, but the atheist only meditate to calm down stress and nothing else.

    * Hinduist = In is variety, the belief that we (humans) are parts/pieces/potions of gods or a god, so for gnus atheist that don’t talk about anything related to hinduism they are simplifying the beliefs to humans are gods (for gnu atheist this is probabily humanism, for me this line of belief is autotheism).

    * Pagan = A atheists that say that they are pagans almost every time (online?) never will say nothing related to their “pagans beliefs” only will point some incomplite statament about something that is like animism (that the common gnu scientist and humanist don’t believe) or use a claim about christians doing a “cultural appropiation” about some “pagans beliefs”, this last one is every time about christianity never other religion. This one doesn’t make sense and is usually a distraction and not a true belief, asking about the actual “pagans belief” that they have will make this issue clear.

    * Humanist = Obviously human centric belief about everything, is nothing about humanity but everithing to do with laws made by humans like the use they do to the humans rights (if they are actvist they will never talk about the duties that they should have to validate those rights only the duties of others). This type of gnu will have a philosophicall problem with the gnu that believe in scientism, because human free will is necessary to respect and follow any law, in fact we can find easily those discussions online. All of this follow of law is to eliminate imperfections (what they belive is imperfections) in human societies and make them ideal (utopic).

    * Scientists = The usual mask/believe of gnu atheists, or the one that they used when they talk about other people religion. Those gnus will belief that EVERY PROBLEM that humanity have, and will have, will be resolved by a combination of science studies/research and time (but ussually science studies/research that they personally are not doing and will never do).

    * Transhumanist = Usually believe in using science/tech to make humans perfects (pefects in human thinking).

    – The common gnu believe that humanity can reach some form of perfection on is own for whatever reason (ussually evolutionism, transcendentalism, collectivism, scientism, etc.) or the gnu will belief that humanity is alredy perfect (they only will belief in reach perfection through the elimination of something, usually religion, some form of goverment or by enforcing some humans laws), if they accept that they cannot be perfect and they are still gnus then they will fall in some sort of moral nihilism.

    – So i believe is phobia to the belief in imperfection that they tied to some sort of weakness or failure, imperfectophobia. For that reason they will claim “that the god that they don’t believe” is not/cannot be perfect and/or doesn’t exist in their gnu logic. This plus the belief that religious beliefs (and for some guns spiritual beliefs) are the source of evil or enable evil to exist.

    – They can suffer the most superfitial phobia is the fear about something that you cannot understand or don’t know. The gnus say: “that religion is irrational”, for me: this is the claim that they are the ones (a minority of people in world) that cannot rationalize effectively others people beliefs and/or traditions.

    Note: Can some explain to me this:

  3. Michael says:

    Unsolicited proofreading services at your service.


  4. Dhay says:

    John > Christophobia has much more merit of being an actual medical phobia compared to other politically-charged phobias.

    Dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish, delusions, out of touch with reality, mentally harmed, easily triggered into dangerous driving.

    Surely Evidence and Reason are supposed to inoculate atheists against irrationality like this. Are their phobic beliefs and reactions based upon a reliable epistemology? If not, Peter Boghossian has a team of less than 10,000 people ready to provide a medical intervention to help cure them.

  5. TFBW says:

    Peter Boghossian has a team of less than 10,000 people ready to provide a medical intervention to help cure them.

    Boghossian’s quackery only claims to cure faith, not phobia. Mind you, if faith really were a pathological condition in the vein of a phobia, it’s highly unlikely that the person could be reasoned out of it, which is the thrust of his “Socratic” approach. I mean, you can only reason with someone who is reasonable, and if they’re reasonable, they’re not in need of a cure for lack of reason.

    If you’ve seen a phobia in action, you know that reason is not an option. I know someone who had a terrible phobia of dogs when she was a kid. It’s quite bizarre to see a child screaming in hysterical, mortal terror at the approach of a small, fuzzy, wag-tailed puppy-dog.

  6. ernie says:

    christophobia wow just wow

  7. Jesse says:

    I dunno who keeps putting up all these lowercase ‘t’ signs up everywhere but it needs to stop!

    Oh, wait. Are you saying that these symbols have meaning? Well maybe they mean different things to different people.

    Hell this person gets sick from NOT seeing a cross:
    “It just made me sick to my stomach, literally sick to my stomach, when I come in and seen that the cross was down, seen that the cross was gone.”

    Holy crap! Can you imagine?! Literally getting literally sick to your stomach from not seeing a cross. No wonder you guys want to put crosses everywhere. You know what do it. I prefer seeing ‘t’s’ instead of vomit.

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