A Christian website says their top ten list of attacks on Christian beliefs creates the case for a growing Christophobia problem in the United States.
After accepting several submissions, blog DefendChristians.org listed the Top Ten Anti-Christian Events in 2010.
The number one event on the list is the use of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to force faith-based institutions to hire non-believers. Also near the top of the list is the expulsion of two Christian students from their Master's program in counseling for their biblical beliefs about homosexuality. These are examples of a growing phobia toward Christians, said Dr. Gary L. Cass, president and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.
CADC, a non-profit which champions the causes of Christians, is the organization behind the website.
"This has been going [on] for years. Seculars and non-believers have been trying to discredit Christ," Cass asserted.
And "it's been getting more intense each year," he maintained.
These assaults on Christians' basic freedoms to freely believe and exercise their faith illustrate a fear of Christianity, he contended. Like most other phobias, Cass said this fear is irrational.
"If these same types of actions were taken against other groups, one would call it bigoted," he said.
"Everyone says if you oppose homosexuality, you're homophobic. If you oppose Islam, you're Islamophobic. If you oppose Christianity, you're Christophobic," he argued.
The top ten list is meant to highlight to Christians episodes of irrational hate against the faith and encourage them to take a stand, he stated.
Second on the anti-Christian events list is California Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to overturn the voter-approved Proposition 8, an amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
"This is clearly a strategy to take away any objection in any place," Cass said. Christians, in many cases, are vindicated by the First amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, Cass anticipates that secularist and gay rights lobbyists will continue to test the Constitution's bounds.