While I think some conservatives over-hype the culture wars and seem overly obsessed with discrimination against Christians in the United States, it is also true that some liberals have downplayed and sometimes completely ignored such discrimination and especially persecution in certain places in the world. Scot McKnight reviews Rupert Shortt's book, Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack. Scot rightly notes that such neglect reveals not a commitment to justice, but is rather an ideological posture. Scot writes,
Western liberals ought to know better, but for some reason they find Christianophobia — though they probably despise the term — predictable, more or less deserving, though they tip their hat to the injustices. If the same injustices were shown to Buddhists or Muslims they'd be up in arms. That, too, is an ideological posture rather than a genuine commitment to justice. Protest against the injustices against Christians has become, for many, politically incorrect. Sometimes there is the careless shrug, other times a suspicion that the story is hard to confirm (but who advertises their persecutions with reports blow by blow?), yet others the persecuted Christians are but the "detritus of empire", but far more often there is a tolerance waiting out the sad stories until something really grabs the attention of the major media.
Scot's entire review can be read here.