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‘So Many Christians, So Few Lions’

‘So Many Christians, So Few Lions’

George Yancey, co-author of a new book – So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? – claims that ‘Christianophobes’ in the US are small in number, but general hold powerful positions in certain important areas, such as higher education.

Yancey, above, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, co-wrote the book with fellow sociologist David Williamson.

He said an in interview with the Christian Post that Christians ought to be concerned by the influence of “this small but elite group”.

The data for the sociologists’ research comes from a large national survey, the American National Election Survey, and interviews they conducted with members of liberal advocacy organisations.

The title of the book is a reference to how some Christians were put to death during the Roman Empire, and the phrase can be found on bumper stickers.

Several of the interviewees used some variant of the “so few lions” theme when describing their attitudes toward Christians.

Yancey added that he and Williamson, associate professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, hope their book will make those who are hostile toward Christians more aware of their own biases so that they can correct them.

Asked why he and Williamson would want to research and write about anti-Christian hostility, Yancy replied:

There is a lot of literature on hostility toward many different groups but just about none on hostility toward Christians.

He added:

Usually those who do not like blacks or Muslims admit that they are intolerant but simply try to justify their intolerance. Those with Christianophobia tend to deny that they are intolerant but rather that they are fairly interpreting social reality.

Envisioning themselves as fair and free of intolerance allows them to blame those they detest rather than recognize how their emotions have distorted their intellectual judgments.

By documenting just how hateful some of the attitudes are toward Christians, and who tends to have such hateful attitudes, I hope to bring Christianophobia into the light so that we, as a society, can discuss this social problem and how we might address bigotry in all of its myriad forms.

He pointed out that:

In the minds of many of the respondents Christians are ignorant, intolerant and stupid individuals who are unable to think for themselves. The general image they have of Christians is that they are a backward, non-critical thinking, child-like people who do not like science and want to interfere with the lives of everyone else.

But even worse, they see ordinary Christians as having been manipulated by evil Christian leaders and will vote in whatever way those leaders want. They believe that those leaders are trying to set up a theocracy to force everybody to accept their Christian beliefs. So, for some with Christianophobia, this is a struggle for our society and our ability to move toward a progressive society. Christians are often seen as the great evil force that blocks our society from achieving this progressive paradise.

Yancy conceded that:

More people have hostility toward atheists than toward Christians, but those individuals do not tend to be white or highly educated. Thus, they do not have the level of per-capita power of those who do not like Christians … If you want to get elected to political office, then atheists are at a disadvantage since more people do not like them.

But if you want to get a higher education, then you will run into a lot more people with power who hate Christians than [those] who hate atheists.

19 responses to “‘So Many Christians, So Few Lions’”

  1. sailor1031 says:

    But even worse, they see ordinary Christians as having been manipulated by evil Christian leaders and will vote in whatever way those leaders want. They believe that those leaders are trying to set up a theocracy to force everybody to accept their Christian beliefs. So, for some with Christianophobia, this is a struggle for our society and our ability to move toward a progressive society

    How apropos that the Iowa “Freedom Summit” just ended, where exactly these xtian leaders who want to establish theocracy in the USA were on display front and centre. It is not phobia to be concerned about a real, demonstrated threat. It is commonsense.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    ‘In the minds of many of the respondents Christians are ignorant, intolerant and stupid individuals who are unable to think for themselves. The general image they have of Christians is that they are a backward, non-critical thinking, child-like people who do not like science and want to interfere with the lives of everyone else.’

    Yup, that would just about sum it up.

  3. Paul Spence says:

    “There is a lot of literature on hostility toward many different groups but just about none on hostility toward Christians.”

    That’s because the Christians killed them all off over the last 2k years.

  4. Daz says:

    In a country which not so long ago elected a president who phoned his French counterpart to tell him in all seriousness that “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East. . . . The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. . . . This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins,” I seriously doubt that ‘Christianophobia’ is going to be a major problem anytime soon.

    What a bleedin’ muppet.

    [Source for that quote]

  5. Robster says:

    We need highly critical lions with really big teeth. It’s a good thing the Christian nonsense is getting questioned and those touting it are being doubted. Watching them wriggle around looking for a viable answer and refusing to look the questioner in the eye is and will remain one of the more entertaining options on Youtube. More toothy lions needed please.

  6. L.Long says:

    Sailor beat me to it…IT AINT A PHOBIA IF IT IS REAL!!!!!!
    Just go back one blog where a dimwit wins $150K for an imaginary problem and then tell me the fear of religious aholes aint a phobia.

  7. Laura Roberts says:

    Wow, Christians have found yet another way to pretend they’re persecuted in the U.S.

  8. Newspaniard says:

    He appears to be pointing the finger at atheists yet the biggest block in the UN consisting of all the islamofascist countries must be 100% “christianophobic”. Why’s he worried about a few non-believers?

  9. Angela_K says:

    @Newspaniard. As we see all too often, the various cults all hate each other but band together to attack Atheists – who would have thought we were such a threat.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Are there no regulations regarding what can legitimately be fed to those poor lions?

    http://lowres.cartoonstock.com/animals-christian-rome-romans-ancient_rome-arena-bron1242_low.jpg

  11. barriejohn says:

    Please forgive an OT post, but this was incredible:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023wbh0

    Attenborough is a genius, though I do realize that this refers only to “microevolution”, and in no way proves that Darwin was correct (irony). I’m old enough to remember the Zoo Quest programmes of the 1950s – Birds of Paradise in B&W weren’t quite so impressive, but we were still awestruck!

  12. Broga says:

    “But if you want to get a higher education, then you will run into a lot more people with power who hate Christians than [those] who hate atheists.”

    What he is saying is that the more intelligent people are atheists. The priests rely on millions of ill educated, semi-literate, gullible followers who will swallow, without challenge, what is told to them.

  13. Brian Jordan says:

    @ L Long
    “Just go back one blog where a dimwit wins $150K for an imaginary problem”
    Imaginary squared: not only is the original association with bar codes absurd but the numerology of it is wrong. On top of which, the loony thinks the creases of his hand constitute a bar code – so imaginary cubed. Oh, and then he thinks avoiding the scanner will take away the “code”. Er… imaginary^4. I’ll get my coat.

  14. Tom80 says:

    @Broga:
    My guess is there are intelligent atheists and Intelligent Christians as well as Stupid Christians and Stupid atheists.
    One of the people I really admired for his work was Sir Bernard Lovell and he was a clever man, but at one point, according to his biographer,he considered taking holy orders. I would like to refer you to the obituary in Thursday’s Telegraph of Charles Townes- Physicist who developed a forerunner of the laser and won the Templeton Prize for religion . His work gave us MASERS and the LASER. If it wasn’t for the LASER the internet would probably not work:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11374654/Charles-Townes-Nobel-Prize-winner-obituary.html

    Not all Christians are stupid and I think it is very wrong to imply this

  15. barriejohn says:

    I used to be a fundamentalist Christian. I don’t suppose that I was any more stupid then than I am now – just deluded, like all the religious and superstitious.

  16. Rob Andrews says:

    Christians fear atheist: Because they know they can’t prove what the say. And deep down they know trhat the bible isn’t litterely true. also, no body wants any doubt cast on their immortality.

    Atheists fear Xtians: We don’t want their rules put on us. As a gay person this is especially true of myself. I think also we don’t want to see the young not taught proper science. and remember the long history of the suppression of thought and expression.

    You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.

  17. barriejohn says:

    But Christians would NEVER object to children being taught proper science, surely?

    http://www.inquisitr.com/1595054/proposed-creationism-ban-in-scotland-schools-bigoted-anti-religious-says-church-leader/

    The secularist faith tells them that there can be no intelligent design, because of course they do not want to believe even in the possibility of a designer. However in this they are not being scientific – they are just seeking to impose their religious view upon the whole of society and turn their philosophy into a state doctrine imposed by force.

    Yes, the new Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland (sic) really DID say that!

  18. Rob Andrews says:

    @Barriejohn:

    Yeah.. I’ve heard that argument many times on the xtian cable channels in the US-such as Trinity Broadcasting Corp.
    It goes like this basically: Darwinism is a part of Secular Humanism. SH is being propagated as a ‘belief system’. (in other words a religion). And why shouldn’t we get at least equal time with other belief systems/religions.

    ‘You’ve got to stand for something. or you’ll fall for anything’.

  19. Rob Andrews says:

    @barriejohn

    Yeah…I’ve heard the same kind of argument on xtian cable channels in the us. Such as Trinity Broadcasting corp. It goes like this:
    Darwinism is part of Secular humanism. This is a belief system/religion. So we should have equal time with any other religions.

    This is in keeping with fairness. Which of course sounds fair to most people who doubt evolution And mnany do in the us.

    You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.