I heard this term for my first time today and, to be honest, I am enjoying it right now.
Christophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward Christians or people who are identified or perceived as being highly religious. It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, may be based on irrational fear, and is sometimes related to individual political beliefs (you know the people who hold politics as high as religion)
Christophobia is observable in critical and hostile behavior such as discrimination and violence on the basis of religious orientations that are non-supportive of specific lifestyles. According to the 2009 Hate Crimes Statistics released by the FBI National Press Office, 18.9 percent of hate crimes across the United States "were motivated by a religious orientation bias." http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2009/victims.html Moreover, in a Southern Poverty Law Center 2010 Intelligence Report extrapolating data from fourteen years (1995–2008), which had complete data available at the time, of the FBI's national hate crime statistics found that christian people were "far more likely than any other religious group in the United States to be victimized by violent hate crime."
So, are you a Christophobe? I'm not, I don't care what religion people follow and I, as you all probably already know, firmly believe in the Constitution of the United States which grants all people the liberty of free personal and religious expression.
I'll start by saying that I'm an agnostic athiest. However I'm quite the opposite of a Christophobe, to be honest...and learning about all religions has always been a pasttime of mine.
I wonder if there's a specific term for Christians (Catholics, really) that show discrimination for people of different beliefs. For example, I was banned from my Theology 101 course by the priest teaching it (at Notre Dame, Theo101 was required for all students to take...regardless of major). He asked all of us to introduce ourselves to the rest of the class by stating your name, where you're from, and the congregation you belong to. After I stood up and said that I didn't belong to a congregation as a was agnostic athiest, I was asked to leave. I later fouond out from my acedemic advisor that the priest 'refused to teach someone like me'.
It was an interesting first impression of undergrad, to say the least.