Christianophobia & Homophobia

Does Christianophobia actually exist? The word itself means ‘fear of Christians.’ Therefore someone who is described as a ‘Christianophobe,’ would be someone who has a fear of Christians. But that is not what the word has (or words have) come to mean in modern parlance.

I am sure that somewhere, out there, there are people who have a genuine fear of Christians for whatever reasons, whether real or imagined. Generally speaking most people have no reason to fear genuine Christians, except perhaps for the very realisation that they expose their lives for what they really are and are a powerful reminder to them of the threat of eternity and what that may mean for them in their future existence. However they pose very little in the way of actual threat to them in their everyday existence and so there is no real basis for an actual fear of Christians themselves.

What is really displayed is not ‘Christianophobia,’ but a deep seated hatred of Christians and therefore a twisting of what the word now means. Christianophobia has now come to mean that very thing, a hatred of Christians and it is displayed in all manner of opposition to Christians and their way of life, their beliefs, and even their existence. It is brutally seen in the actual persecution of Christians and in many places around the world in discrimination against them, in the imprisonment of them, in their torture of them and ultimately in their martyrdom of them. It is what historically has been known as persecution.

One of the current ways to oppress Christians and it is a way that is gaining momentum around the world, particularly in Western countries, is via homosexuality. Now that I have mentioned homosexuality such opposers to Christianity would have already started beating on their war drums and are more-than-likely breathing out their hatred towards me and what I stand for. I have probably already been charged with ‘homophobia’ and of being a ‘homophobe.’ And all this, most likely, with no knowledge of what I actually believe, stand for or practice.

I have been friends with gay people, been very close to some gay people and lived and worked among gay people. I have had very normal conversations and relationships with gay people (all without fear of gay people). I have loved gay people. Some gay people have been very dear to me and dare I say more dear to me then some Christian people that I know. Yet I am still regarded as a homophobe by the politically correct.

Let me be clear though, I have not embraced the gay lifestyle nor have I accepted it as being a way of living acceptable to Biblical standards or Biblical Christianity.

Homophobia of course means ‘a fear of homosexuals’ and a homophobe is someone who ‘has a fear of homosexuals.’ Again, I am sure that for whatever reason there are those who have some actual fear of homosexuals and homosexuality, but let me say there are very few genuine Christians that do. To say Christians in general have a spirit of homophobia is completely false and it is a falsehood that supporters of gay rights love to cast into the face of Christians as a way of shutting down any form of rational debate. It is a way to silence opposition to their agenda, as though that should automatically end the argument, it being politically incorrect to have any other belief or conviction that is contrary to popular opinion.

So in popular parlance it has become the norm to refer to homophobia as hating homosexuals and homophobes as those who have a hatred of homosexuals. This of course is a popular term to throw in the face of Christians because true Christianity doesn’t bow in the face of political correctness and the will of the majority. So Christians are termed bigots for having a different view to gay rights and homosexuality in general.

Interestingly, it is these very champions of gay rights who display a bigoted approach to their dealings with people who have a different view to themselves. It is they who are actually intolerant towards others who have a differing view to their own and who want to force their views onto others, while actually accusing Christians of being what they themselves are actually delivering. It is an argument flawed with hypocrisy and double standards, not that they would reasonably consider such a possibility for they are after all in the ascendancy.

Let me also be clear that there are indeed those who go by the name Christian that do in fact hate gay people and without knowing the hearts of such people, let me suggest that those attending Westboro Baptist Church would seem to be an obvious, in-your-face example of such. Such displays are not a true reflection of Christianity toward gay people.

And may I also say, seeking to embrace the political correctness and pragmatism of our day, by denying what the Bible teaches concerning homosexuality and embracing the modern movement of gay rights is not a true reflection of Biblical Christianity either.

USA: Persecution News Update

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Four Appeals to Christians Embracing Gay Marriage


I was not particularly surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday. Nor do I feel alarmist about it. Some Christians are responding to it in doomsday tones, but to my mind that attitude is at odds with the basic tenor of the gospel. Panic and pessimism are out of order for a worldview anchored in belief in an omnipotent God, irresistible grace, and an eternal heaven.

On the other hand, how a society defines the institution of marriage is important. For me, it is too important to remain silent—particularly because so many Christians I know are joining in to celebrate the Court’s ruling. My Facebook news feed has been lit up over the last several days with two basic types of articles, coming from various different circles of friends that Esther and I have made over the years: some disappointed and basically asking “now what?”; others exultant and proclaiming…

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Tony Campolo Joins the Gay Acceptance Camp

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Scotland: Accepts Ministers in Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

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Article: First ‘Gay’ Bible Released

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Today’s Evangelicals & Same-Sex Marriage

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Alleged Bomber of Christian Boy in Israel to Stand Trial

Hearing could determine whether Jack Teitel is transferred from mental hospital.

ISTANBUL, September 3 (CDN) — An Israeli man accused of planting a homemade bomb that almost killed the son of a Messianic Jewish pastor in Ariel, Israel has been declared competent to stand trial.

Jack Teitel, 37, who in November was indicted on two charges of pre-meditated murder, three charges of attempted murder and numerous weapons charges, is expected to enter a plea on Sunday (Sept. 5).

David and Leah Ortiz, parents of the teenage victim, said that the 10 months since the indictment have been difficult but their stance toward Teitel remains the same; they have forgiven him for the attack but want him to face justice before a judge and seek salvation from God.

If nothing else, they said, they want him incarcerated to keep other Messianic Jews from being attacked either by Teitel or those following his lead.

“He’s dangerous,” Leah Ortiz said. “He’s an extremely dangerous person. He’s totally unrepentant.”

Sunday’s plea will open the way for a trial expected to start within weeks and last for more than six months. Officials at a hearing possibly the same day as the scheduled plea will decide whether Teitel will be moved from the mental hospital where he has been held for most of his detainment.

It is possible Teitel will enter no plea on Sunday. He has publically stated that he doesn’t “recognize the jurisdiction” of Jerusalem District Court.



On March 20, 2008, Ami Ortiz, then 15, opened a gift basket that someone had left anonymously at his family’s home in Ariel. The basket disappeared in a massive explosion that destroyed much of the Ortiz home and shattered Ami’s body.

When he arrived at the hospital, Ami was clinging to life. He was bleeding profusely, had burns covering much of his body and was full of needles, screws and glass fragments the bomb-maker had built into the device.

The doctors had little hope for him and listed his condition as “anush,” meaning his soul was about to leave his body.

After countless hours of surgery and even more spent in prayer, Ami went from “near dead,” to burned and blind and eventually to playing basketball on a national youth team. Both his parents said his recovery was nothing short of a miracle from God.


‘Most Radical Evangelist’

When Teitel was arrested in October 2009, police found him hanging up posters celebrating the shooting of two teenagers at a gay and lesbian community center in Tel Aviv.

Teitel’s background is still somewhat of a mystery. An emigrant from the United States, he became an Israeli citizen in 2000, got married not long afterwards and is the father of four children. Usually portrayed in Israeli media as part ultra-orthodox ideologue and part fringe survivalist, it is clear that Teitel was motivated by a fascination with end-times prophecy and an extremely violent interpretation of Judaism and Jewish nationalism.

He is a self-described follower of such anti-missionary groups as Yad L’Achim. According to authorities, Teitel sought to kill those he deemed enemies of traditional Judaism: Palestinians, homosexuals, liberal Jewish intellectuals and, in the Ortiz case, Messianic Jews.

David Ortiz is well known in Israel, both for his activities in the Jewish community and for his efforts to expose Palestinians to the gospel.

“He said the reason why he wanted to kill me was that I was the most radical in evangelism, so I had to be first,” said Ortiz, who has seen transcripts of Teitel’s confessions.

Along with the Ortiz case, police said Teitel is responsible for the June 1997 shooting death of Samir Bablisi, a Palestinian taxi driver who was found in his cab with a single bullet wound to his head. Two months later, police said, Teitel allegedly shot Isa Jabarin, a Palestinian shepherd who was giving him driving directions to Jerusalem.

Police also said that Teitel attempted to burn down a monastery and unsuccessfully planted several bombs. He also is accused of the September 2008 bombing of Zeev Sternhell of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The bombing left the emeritus history professor slightly wounded.

During one court hearing, Teitel flashed a victory sign and reportedly said, “It was a pleasure and honor to serve my God. God is proud of what I have done. I have no regrets.”


Long Road to Trial

David Ortiz said that as bad as the bombing itself was, waiting for the trial has been yet another ordeal.

As officials investigated the bombing, police harassed Messianic Jewish friends of theirs, saying, “If you are Jewish, why did you become a Christian?” Ortiz said.

The Ortiz family had to sue police and pay 5,000 shekels (US$1,320) to obtain a copy of a security camera video belonging to the family that police had seized as evidence. The video shows Teitel laying the basket at the Ortiz home.

“We had to hire a lawyer because we understood clearly that our rights as victims had to be protected,” said David Ortiz.

Particularly galling to the pastor has been the hands-off response of government officials to the attack.

“We are the only family in Israel that has been a victim of an attack that hasn’t been visited by a government official,” he said, adding that officials have made no public condemnation of the attack. “If the leaders do not condemn an act, it emboldens others who want to do the same thing.”

According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2009 issued by the U.S. Department of State, there are 10,000 Messianic Jews in Israel. The report documents several cases of violence against Messianic Jews, including cases where baptismal services have been disrupted, Messianic Jews have been beaten and Christian literature has been torched.


God Shows Up

Leah Ortiz said that what Teitel intended for evil, God meant for good in order to reach people.

“The Lord has taken the worst tragedy that could possibly happen and has used it for the greatest good that He possibly could,” she said.

The incident, and how the Ortiz family has dealt with it, has become a lightning rod of sorts in Israel, forcing people to think more seriously about the claims of the Messianic Jews.

In a place filled with the type of hatred that causes people to strap bombs to their bodies to kill others, the attack has given people a reason to think and, for some, to choose forgiveness and peace.

Ortiz said he has gotten calls from Palestinians who had said if he could forgive a man who bombed his child, then they can forgive what has happened to them. Orthodox Jews have called him and asked forgiveness for their hatred toward Messianic Jews. Muslims have called Ortiz offering blood for transfusions for Ami.

Ortiz said he was devastated after the attack, but that he has been blessed to see God working “supernaturally” through the incident. Ami is an example of God’s grace and healing power, Ortiz said, explaining, “Ami has been a wonder within my own eyes. How could anyone who went through so much be so peaceful?”

Ami’s high school friends, most of them not Messianic Jews, have sought him out and asked him about the ordeal.  Ortiz said he thinks God will use him in a big way.

His wife explained, “I have that sense this is about something bigger. This is something bigger than what has happened to us and to our family.”

Report from Compass Direct News