Religious Hostility in America: The Shocking Statistics

flag religion religious faithIn the past three years, incidents of religious persecution in America have gone up 76 percent, a new report has found.

“The recent spike in government-driven religious hostility is sadly not surprising, especially considering the Obama administration’s antagonism toward biblical Christianity,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said in a statement June 29 about his organization’s new findings.

The report examines the “hostility to religion” in America.

“Many of the first European settlers on American shores sought freedom from religious persecution … The Founders affirmed that allegiance to God precedes allegiance to the state, and that our rights come from our Creator, not the government,” the June 2017 report noted.

The report lists 69 cases since 2014 in which Americans’ religious freedoms were violated.

“The report underscores the legitimacy of the actions taken by the Trump administration to end the policies and practices in federal agencies that fan the flames of this religious intolerance,” said Perkins. “The increase in reported cases not only reflects the growing hostility, but also the growing courage of Christians, especially young Christians, to defend both their faith and their freedoms.”

“It’s hard to believe American teenagers could be arrested for delivering a prayer, but that’s the kind of nation we live in — a nation that was fundamentally transformed by the previous presidential administration,” commentator Todd Starnes wrote in a piece for Fox News.

Below are seven incidents highlighted in FRC’s report:

1.) The government targeted churches for views on a traditional, biblical definition of marriage.

2.) A football coach was criticized for hosting devotionals and Bible studies.

3.) Christian school members were prohibited from praying before board meetings in California.

4.) In several states, an atheist group targeted police departments for having “In God We Trust” bumper stickers on patrol cars.

5.) Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland lectured Russell Vought — President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget — about his Christian beliefs. “Even though Article VI of the Constitution precludes religious tests for candidates for public office, both senators appear[ed] to be engaging in such a test,” the Family Research Council report states.

6.) An elementary school teacher told a second grader in Texas not to bring her Bible back to school for reading during silent reading time. “The girl’s parents, who were afraid to go public with the story, turned to First Liberty Institute for help,” the report notes. “When its attorneys raised concerns with school officials, a school spokesman released a statement distancing itself from the teacher’s intolerance and explained that students can read any book as long as it is deemed appropriate by the school.”

7.) Transgender individuals sued religious hospitals in New Jersey and California for not performing gender reassignment surgery on patients.

“While every section of the report shows an increase in the suppression of religious freedom, the area … dealing with human sexuality showed the greatest increase in the level of hostility to religious beliefs,” Travis Weber, Family Research Council’s director of the Center for Religious Liberty, said in a statement. “This trend was apparent in the last report [last year], and following the Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage, is even clearer now.”

The report details many more cases similar to these in which Americans’ religious freedoms were apparently violated.

“These numbers are also conservative estimates; some incidents contain more than one person or entity affected by the religious freedom violation, yet we only counted it as one incident,” the report noted. “Thus, the actual figures are likely much higher. In a society like ours, we must be the guardians of our own freedom.”

President Trump has vowed to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights. On May 4, the president issued an executive order to ensure the enforcement of protections already in place.

“The first step to recovery from any problem is to stop denying a problem exists,” Roger Severino — the head of the Health and Human Services Department’s office for civil rights — told The Daily Signal last year, addressing a similar “religious hostility” report put out by First Liberty Institute in 2016.

“First Liberty Institute’s report shatters the myth that the Left is on the side of tolerance by documenting countless examples of progressives using the power of government to target people of faith for hostility and exclusion because of their beliefs,” Severino said of that previous study.

From - FaithZette - by Leah Jessen

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Rev. Dcn Joe Pasquella
4 years ago

We must elect practicing Christians who will defend freedom of religion, freedom of speech. We must change the laws, judges and even amend the constitution of the United States when needed to ensure theses vaules

4 years ago

Our Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, not from religion; it also restricts government from establishing a religion, it does not prevent each individual from engaging in religion, or public displays of religion wherever they are performed, including government buildings (religion understood as different Christian denominations, or Judaism by the founders). From the inception of our Constitution, and even further back from before the Declaration of Independence America’s founders understood that; that’s why they had a Congress chaplain, why they began each session of Congress with a prayer, why the had national days of thanksgiving to God, and why Congress purchased non-denominational Bibles for public distribution. It is time we remind our politicians that their values are no longer in line with the original intent of our founding and that they can either get back to America’s values, or they can emigrate to any nation of their choice. As long as America is still free there are planes, boats, trains, and buses leaving every day, all day long. For their convenience they can even get in their cars and drive out of the U.S. if they hate our freedom, our Republic, our economic system, our values, and our faith so much.

Mary Blaylock
4 years ago
Reply to  Veteran

. . . . . and don’t you wish these people who don’t appreciate our country and its values would just pack up and leave. They can create their own hell somewhere else. Mary ;-)

4 years ago
Reply to  Veteran

If only the atheistic Hollywood crowd who vowed to leave America first if George Bush got elected and then Donald Trump would honor their statement. But alas, they realize they would not last long in a Communist or Muslim dominated country. Tsk, tsk.

JoBell Canida
4 years ago
Reply to  Veteran

I don’t agree with the statement that “religion was understood Christian denominations, or Judaism by the founders.” I do think they meant religious freedom in a much broader context. I do think that they agreed that the tenants of those two faiths were a sound foundation upon which to build the government they preposed. On the other hand, not all of the founders was Christian nor Jew. (I don’t know that there was even one Jew amongst the USA founders.) I do know, from reading various historical and biographical documents, that there were differing beliefs among them in the form of Christianity (practicing and nominal,) deism, agnostic, humanistic, and atheist to be precise. From that sentiment, grew the belief in freedom of religion. They did not want government tied to a church as some European countries were to Catholicism, England to the Church of England, and eastern countries to Islam, Buddhism, or Hindi, thus the division of church and state and the intent that no religious sect was to receive preferential treatment by the branches of government.

4 years ago

Very similar experience for traditional, Torah/Bible believing Jews – Obama courted all the liberal movements and leaders,
shutting out those with more traditional and conservative views.

4 years ago

There are those who don’t believe in God nor an afterlife. They are correct. parable of the seeds. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. There are those who believe in God and an afterlife. They are correct. Ironic. isn’t it.

John Degges
4 years ago
Reply to  Hank

Those who do nor believe in God will have an afterlife–an unpleasant one, for all joy, peace, and consolation come from God. They want no part of God in this life, so they will have no part of him in the afterlife.
Remember what Jesus said is the lot of those who reject him–Depart from me, and your place is that which is prepared for the devil and his angels.

4 years ago

The apostle Paul wrote this in 2 Timothy chapter 4:
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Rev. Dcn Joe Pasquella
4 years ago
Reply to  Jones


4 years ago

This is what democrats with socialist views and the united nations push this way of life in the world.

4 years ago

Jesus said we that we who believe in Him would be persecuted for following His teachings . It is just so sad to see it happening with so much increasing regularity in America and applauded by so many. Who are some of the first on the scene to help in times of trouble? Who are the ones that promote love of our fellow man and care about the moral and spiritual values of our people? Those who teach that one should live their own life as they see fit and that there is no God will receive their just reward.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

The people who don’t believe in God also often don’t believe in the sanctity of life from cradle to grave, don’t believe in the right of Israel to exist, don’t believe in traditional marriage, don’t believe in many traditional things.

4 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

The diversity of our population is clearly evident when conversation centers on religion. All religions are welcome here, as long those who believe in the tenets of their religion also follow the law of the land. You’ll find all religions on both sides of the political aisle; your belief system doesn’t define you as conservative, independent or liberal. I’m glad you added the word “often”, Glenn, or I’d have to spend a whole lot more time in response. I am one of those atheists whose values probably closely mimic yours, and I strongly support your right to practice the religion of your choice. If only those of us who don’t believe in God were given the same respect…

JoBell Canida
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I think your sentiment is good, but would be better if instead of saying, “Those who teach that one should live their own life as they see fit and that there is no God will receive their just reward.” you would say, “Those who live according to the will of GOD and example of Jesus Christ for the glory of GOD.”

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