It’s tough for me to answer that question because I’m not one of them.
Writer Lauri Lebo wrote an article last month about the “social cost of atheism” — and there’s something to that. We’re distrusted, virtually unelectable, automatically accused of being immoral, etc.
After reading that post, a family member asked her to write a piece about the social cost of being a Christian. Lebo wasn’t sure what to do:
When I asked this person to identify how she feels Christians are stigmatized in this country, she couldn’t articulate beyond the fact that sometimes she and her fellow Christians hold back from witnessing to people because they’re not sure how they’ll be received. I pointed out to her that she’s confusing rude behavior with stigma.
I’m sure it’s not always easy to say out loud you’re a Bible-believing Christian.Frankly, I don’t mind. If there’s stigma associated with being a Christian, it’s because Christians brought it upon themselves. Their anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, hypocritical ways ought to bring shame to Christians, including even the small percentage of them who don’t act that way.
I assure you it’d be easier being a Christian if more of them stood on the right side of the issues.
And, of course, Christians dominate all levels of government and attend tax-free churches. They have their own TV channels, bookstores, and genre of music. I still say that writing “I volunteer with my church youth group” would look good on a job application while “I was president of my campus atheist group” would hurt you.
Lebo asks — and I want to ask it, too — “Do Christians face social stigma in America today?”