Christian publishers have been scrambling to stay ahead of a wave of anti-Christian content on the internet.
From videos and social media posts aimed at attacking religious figures and groups to hateful images and jokes, Christians face a constant battle to stay relevant in the increasingly digital age.
Below, we’ve rounded up the top 20 stories about the rise of anti Christian hate speech.1.
How to Stay Out of Anti-Christian Content: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Christian groups face some of the highest rates of hate speech online.
But they are also among the most vulnerable groups to the online abuse.
And their numbers are growing rapidly.
As of March, more than 7,000 anti-gay and anti-Muslim hate speech complaints were filed with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes, according to a press release.
“The number of complaints has increased significantly over the last year,” said the SPLC’s executive director, Brian Levin.
“We are seeing an alarming rise in hate speech directed at Christian leaders, members, congregations and individuals.
The rise in anti-LGBT content and anti gay propaganda is unprecedented.
The SPLC estimates that there are more than 1.6 million anti-Christ videos on YouTube alone.”2.
How Many Christians Face Hate Speech on the Internet?
There are more Christians on the web than Jews and Muslims combined, according the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a nonprofit Christian advocacy group.
That is despite a large number of religious minorities that live in the United States and other Western countries.
The report notes that nearly 70% of Christians are unaffiliated.
The vast majority of those unaffiliated, however, are not Christians and their religious identity is often a factor in whether they are being harassed or threatened online.
Christian websites and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are filled with hateful messages.
The Pew Research Center’s Center on Religion and Public Life found that more than 20% of all anti-religious comments made on Facebook were made by Christians, and that a whopping 86% of anti religious posts were directed at Jews.
The Center on Religious Freedom’s Brian Brown, who is based in Iowa, said it is the most anti-Semitic forum he has seen online.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
“It’s so anti-American.”3.
Anti-Christ Content is Growing Faster Than Jews and Muslim Hate Crimes: The Southern Poverty Project’s annual report found that anti-Jewish hate crimes have risen in the last three years, while anti-Islamic hate crimes are up by almost 25% over the same time period.
The data, obtained by Newsweek, shows that anti religious hate crimes in the U.S. rose by 6% between January and March 2016, while hate crimes directed at Christians rose by 13% in the same period.
Anti religious hate violence is on the rise across all religions and ethnicities.
Anti Muslim hate crimes rose by 21% in 2015 and then by 17% in 2016.
Anti Christian hate crimes also increased in the first quarter of this year.
In 2016, the Anti-Defamation League reported that anti Christian incidents were up by 25% since 2015.4.
Anti Christians Are More Likely to Be Victims than Other Christians: The report shows that nearly 90% of people who experience anti-climactic online harassment are female.
And nearly three-quarters of Christians surveyed reported experiencing harassment by someone they knew personally, compared to 20% for Muslims and 12% for Jews.
It also says that women face higher levels of online harassment than men.
Anti Christianity violence is also more likely to happen on a personal level.
“Nearly three-fourths of online hate crimes targeted women,” the report says.
“They are more likely than other groups to experience harassment online.
They also are more prone to being victims themselves.”5.
Christians Face the Highest Threats: In 2016 there were more than 15,000 hate crimes reported to law enforcement and the FBI, according a Pew report.
And the numbers have been increasing steadily for the last several years.
“Anti-Christian violence and threats are increasingly targeting Christians, particularly religious minorities, as they are targeted in the most overt and serious ways, according with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” the SPC report says, according of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
The organization points out that anti Christians are more vulnerable to hate crimes than others, with nearly 40% of those who have experienced anti-Semitism say they were targeted because of their religion.
“A growing number of people have been targeted because they are Christian or simply because they were born in a Christian household,” the group notes.
“When a person is a Christian, they have to be afraid to be vulnerable.”6.
How Anti-LGBT Extremism Is Growing: The SPC notes that “the growing numbers of anti LGBT hate speech are directly related to the rise in online anti-transgender hate speech.”
According to the SPCC, anti-gender violence and anti homophobic violence have increased significantly since