Secular news stories in recent years have reported about so-called homophobia and Islamophobia, but now, two sociologists have found a growing trend in America toward Christianophobia.
Dr. George Yancey and colleague David Williamson, professors at the University of North Texas, disclose their findings in the recently-published book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?
Dr. Yancey tells OneNewsNow that research usually shows the low-income and low-educated tend to show up high on the intolerance scale. But when it comes to Christianophopia, that statistic is reversed, as elitists tend to be guilty of it.
"It's highly-educated individuals, wealthier individuals, whites, males," the professor reports. "And this is important because all of the research that we've done shows that those are the qualities of people with higher-than-average social power in our society. So if you're looking at a white, well-educated, wealthy male, chances are you're looking at someone who has more power than the average person. And so these are the sort of individuals who tend to have Christianophobia."
Dr. Yancey elaborates further on the study.
"I found about a third of all Americans have some animosity toward conservative Christians," he begins. "Now, they all don't have Chrstianophobia, I don't believe, but I don't think this is a small group. It's a powerful group. It's not the largest group of people with hatreds, but it's not insignificant, either."
Interviews with liberal advocacy groups and a national survey were the sources for the professors' research.