A Survey About Discrimination Against Christians


I’ve decided to start another project involving surveys. This one will involve three (I may also add a few more to my project about Feminism). The first survey is on discrimination against Christians. Please help me out by filling it out (even if you aren’t a Christian):

http://kwiksurveys.com/s.asp?sid=85koff95iqwpme3470893

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21 responses to “A Survey About Discrimination Against Christians

  • 15 Questions for Theists « Paidiske

    […] do so.  And, while I’m on the topic, they are also running surveys on discrimination against Christians, against atheists, and because of religion or lack thereof.  I think those surveys are looking at […]

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  • vonleonhardt2

    When will we get to see the results?

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  • R Cawkwell

    Hi, I filled in the survey and have a couple of comments to add if that’s alright? In the UK Christianity seems to be the default setting, except in some cities, but it is more cultural than actually religious for many people. Practicing Christians are rare and their practicing either ignored or gently teased, in my experience. No one is threatening people or bombing churches, or denying people employment on the grounds of religion. If anything accommodation is made to support everyones religious practices (so long as you belong to a religion people have heard of). But it isn’t the case in other parts of the world, for instance in Egypt where Christians are a religious minority and churches do get attacked. I know from close friends of Egyptian origin that there is also educational discrimination against Christians. Also, historically there has been inter-Christian discrimination, such as bans on Catholics voting or, more obviously, the violence in Northern Ireland. Some of us are old enough to remember it, even if only from a distance, but that is still part of our lived experience, even if in the past; should we take that into consideration when answering questions. Some people will and others won’t. If we’re talking about widespread discrimination do we include the experiences of those outside our own countries or continents? I interpreted widespread as both in my own country and worldwide which makes the survey complex and contradictory. It might have been useful to clarify that more precisely and to make it possible, if it were possible, for people to add their country/continent if they wanted.
    I wish you success with your survey.

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    • hessianwithteeth

      I can actually see where the surveys are coming from.My survey isn’t really interested in actual discrimination, so I’m not sure how much of an affect it will have to clarify world-wide vs. within a country. Especially since different people have different degrees of knowledge about there own countries and the world as a whole. Mostly I’m trying to figure out if people feel as though discrimination against certain groups is wide-spread.

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  • Samuel Guevara

    I’m not sure if your idea is to do the survey for your country or whoever reading this. The results can be very different from a place to another, and so the results would vary depending on how many people come here from other countries (like me), and from where.

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    • hessianwithteeth

      I don’t just want to deal with one country. The survey site actually lets me know where people are coming from, so I can see if things are being skewed do to country differences, but so far everyone has been from countries with similar enough cultures that it doesn’t matter too much.

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      • paidiske

        I’d actually argue that America and Australia are very different when it comes to the cultural context of religion. America was colonised by pious folk fleeing persecution, Australia by convicts under the authority of a “flogging parson;” and even now, despite having no formal separation of church and state, Australia is much more secular in many ways than America seems to be.

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      • Samuel Guevara

        Same in Spain. US seems the less secular country of the Western world, at least seen from outside.

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      • Caroline

        Here’s a thought, when filling out each of these surveys. With questions like: “do you believe that Atheists face wide-spread discrimination ” (similar questions in the christian survey to, IIRC)

        Can you define what you mean by “wide-spread”? I’ve been answering based on my experience in my country (UK), but “wide-spread” could mean that do I include the rest of Europe? The rest of the World? I believe there is a wide-spread discrimination in the US, but I don’t believe there’s much here in the UK. Or do I limit it to my local community, or circle of friends or employment?

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  • paidiske

    I think the biggest sort of discrimination I faced as a lay Christian was unfair treatment in the workplace because of my religion. I had one boss in particular who had a problem with religious people, and had no problem with attacking me because of mine. It added an extra dimension to an already stressful situation, and in the end it came as a relief when I was unfairly dismissed.

    Will be fascinated to see what results you get!

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  • equippedcat

    Interesting; I’m not sure what discrimination would be. I tend to think of it in terms of preventing (or forcing) jobs, other financial chances, living situations, as well as physical harm. And I have not seen any of that (in the U.S). Of course, I’ve seen insults and teasing, particularly online, but I don’t really see that as “discrimination”. Also, I’ve seen attacks on “religious symbols”, but is that discrimination, and if so, against who?

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    • hessianwithteeth

      One of the questions on the first two surveys is “what do you consider discrimination?” since it is not obvious. So far bullying and physical attacks due to membership in a particular group are the top answers.

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      • Caroline

        Isn’t motive the thing which basically makes something discrimination? if you’re doing something to someone simply “for being part of a certain group” then that’s discrimination, surely, be it a good thing or a bad thing?

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        • equippedcat

          In the absolute sense, discrimination is taking an aspect (real or imagined) of one person and applying that aspect to a group of people based on some factor which is not cohesively related to the aspect. Pretty silly but very common. I would say that pretty much every person in the world is guilty of true discrimination, so it is not really useful to concern ourselves with that. Where we can, and should, be concerned is when that “natural” tendency to discriminate results in harm to those discriminated against. Real harm; particularly financial, physical or unequal access. I don’t worry about insults or teasing, because a healthy person should be able to discard it for the silliness it is. Unfortunately, society venerates “being offended”, which encourages people to be “unhealthy” in dealing with insults and teasing.

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  • jacobporter777

    Completed the survey. Very interesting topic as we don’t talk about it often and we don’t ever think of it. Even as a non-Christian individual I do know that the very mention of Christianity can make some people flinch and comment negatively.

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  • Anna

    Interesting. I completed the survey.

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