Record 1,200 government attacks on faith, religion, dangerous hostility
Attacks on religion in America, driven mostly by government-endorsed political correctness sparked by programs like Obamacare, is expanding in "dangerous" fashion and even threatens military pastors and churches, according to a report on the hostility.
In Undeniable, The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, the First Liberty Institute documented over 1,200 cases and concluded, "Quantitatively and qualitatively, the hostility is undeniable. And it is dangerous."
President Trump has promised to curb the legal assault on religious organizations that claim a higher power than the government on issues such as providing birth control under Obamacare, and the report provides evidence that his White House can use to mount its counter attack.
"Hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters, as proven by the increased numbers of cases and attacks documented in this report. This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience," said Kelly Shackelford, president of the First Liberty Institute in a memo opening the 326-page report.
"It is eroding the bedrock on which stand vital American institutions such as government, education, the military, business, houses of worship, and charity. It has the potential to wash away the ground that supports our other rights, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, and government by consent of the people," he added in the 2016 report made available for free to the public. A 2017 report is expected soon.
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