(NaturalNews) A pair of sociologists at the University of North Texas are warning in a new book that, while there is no widespread “Christianophobia” in the United States, there is a small group of those who have a real aversion to the conservative, religious and faithful, and they are well-positioned among the country’s influential and elite.
As reported by The Blaze, sociologists George Yancey and David Williamson shared their findings which supported their notion in their recently released tome, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? The book promises to offer a “provocative look at anti-Christian sentiments in America,” according to the book’s description.
In separate blog posts, the sociologists have defined Christianophobia as an “unreasonable hatred or fear of Christians.” In his own blog, Yancey wrote of a finding regarding those who seem to harbor the most animosity:
I have established that those with animosity towards conservative Christians tend to have more per-capita social power than those with animosity towards other religiously based groups. They are more likely to be white, educated and wealthy.
Even the president evokes such sentiments
Further, the pair argue that it has been a worthy experience exploring the potential anti-Christian bias in the U.S., because it will help many to understand the “social dynamics” that exist in the country, an official book description said.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Yancey said that, as far as how widespread the problem is, it is really just a small group of people that harbor such strong anti-Christian sentiment, but the group is concentrated among the nation’s elite, and they possess more societal power than average Americans.
[Author’s note: In an appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, President Obama made a comment about Christianity that went viral immediately. After a mention of Islamic violence in the name of religion, he brought up centuries-old “examples” of violence being committed in the name of Christ, by mentioning the Crusades (which began in 1095), the Inquisition (12th century France) and Jim Crow laws in the U.S.
The comment was panned immediately as inappropriate and non-related.
But the point is, as it pertains to Yancey’s and Williamson’s research/book, you can’t get much more powerful and influential than the president of the United States.]
The Blaze further reported:
Yancey said that he and his co-author were motivated to explore potential [Christianophobia] after they began collecting qualitative data from interviews with liberal activists and noticed a troubling trend among a certain subset of these respondents.
With that in mind, the sociologist shared a sampling of some “unreasonable hatred” a few months ago, which he said he encountered through interviews with cultural progressive activists in relation to his study.
“I want them all to die“
Here are just three of the comments that Yancey said were made about the Christian right:
— “I want them all to die in a fire.” (Male, aged 26-35 with Doctorate)
— “They should be eradicated without hesitation or remorse. Their only purpose is to damage and inflict their fundamentalist virus onto everyone they come in contact with.” (Female, aged 66-75 with Master’s Degree)
— “They make me a believer in eugenics…. They pollute good air… I would be in favor of establishing a state for them… If not, then sterilize them so they can’t breed more.” (Male, aged 46-55 with Master’s Degree)
Those statements led Yancy and his co-author to conduct a deeper analysis of the pool of respondents — people who were chosen from unnamed groups actively opposed to positions and beliefs held by many Christian conservatives.
“We quickly saw some of the unnecessary vitriol and fears within many of our respondents,” said Yancey, as reported by The Blaze. “We also saw the social status of those who exhibited this hatred and many of them would be in positions that allowed them to at least subtly act on their anger and fears. That motivated us to take a more systematic look at Christianophobia and speculate on how this phenomenon influences certain social aspects in the United States.”