View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Christianophobia? Okay

CNA is reporting that in conjunction with the beginning of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) Monday, the Russian Orthodox Church has asked the conference to introduce the idea of “Christianophobia” into international laws concerning discrimination.

CNA goes on to quote Archpriest Georgy Ryabykh, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, as saying, "It is very important to the Russian Orthodox Church to raise the issue of introducing to the list of threats the notion of Christianophobia in addition to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."

Archpriest Ryabykh noted that at the conference’s opening ceremony, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon mentioned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia but did not “say a single word about Christianophobia.”

The Archpriest went on to note there were many examples of “violations of Christians' rights, insults of their feelings [and] public distortion of the Christian teaching” which put “the notion of Christianophobia” into international circulation.

I've heard of anti-Catholic bias, but never this particular term.

But based on what I see in the culture and the news, yes, I've seen instances of it. Mockery and stereotyping of Christians is common here and in Western nations - just think of some of the things said about Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin in the last Presdential campaign - and in some places in other parts of the world Chrisitans are targets of violence and discrimination.


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