'Attacks on Religious Liberty' in US Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years
A new report released by a prominent religious liberty advocacy organization claims that there has been a 133 percent increase in domestic "attacks on religious liberty" in the last five years and about a 15 percent increase in attacks on religious liberty in the last year.
The First Liberty Institute, a conservative legal group dedicated to defending people and organizations whose First Amendment rights have been violated, released its annual report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America," on Tuesday.
The report highlights cases reported in the last few years in which Americans have had their religious liberty rights infringed or "attacked" in one way or another â€” either in the public arena, in the military, in schools or even within church walls....
every Christian has liberty and must speak as God directs them. Only those who want to shut a nation down into the dark ages would want a people to be too afraid to speak. That's how you get North Koreas. Its for those who want to control and silence others and creates an ineptocracy.
Walter I already know what it is like to speak with inmates, murders, homosexuals, even police officers and treat them as precious human beings
In fact it is easier to speak with men in prison of Christ, to worship with them, pray with them ... or have them do some serious praying for me and others, then all too often to have real genuine fellowship with high minded "educated" religious church people
Since talk is often so very very cheap please don't be upset with me for daring to want to know your 'bonifides.'
And to be clear to anyone, especially any born again child of God reading this, Jesus Christ has His specific will for you - Peter to the Jews, Paul to the Gentile both preaching the Gospel, both men of prayer, both willing to die for the Gospel, all of us will either be serving Him in what He has called us to ... or being unfaithful disobedient to Him, even a stumbling block to others .... let's NOT be that.
Another, Rights are not granted by men, but by God. God said we face persecution, so instead of crying about it , Christians should rejoice for being counted worthy. Again, Paul didn't use his citizenship to argue for the protection of God's people, but to call them out in Rome. As to your interrogation of my own efforts, I spent nearly six years in prison and in that time myself and another brother were confronted with a decision to join a prison protest or follow the authorities according Romans 13. By the grace of God alone did we follow his command. During that time I spoke to any who would join in a conversation. I didn't talk to RCC, Abortion clinic members, or homosexuals; I spoke to murderers, rapists, and others (like myself) who are the filth of the world. Before you ask another, heal thyself physician.
Walter Kovacs wrote: Another, Truth is a doubled edge sword, it cuts going in and out. Scripture clearly state not to trust in horses or men , the battle is the Lord's. Besides, providence is at work to ferret out the goats and bolster the lambs to forsake the thin shield of human constructs ( Constitution) and live not the Lord . The elect of God are sojourners, strangers in this land. Paul used his citizenship to advance the gospel, not ensure religious liberty. Read history and your bible, Christians who adhere to truth will be persecuted by charlatans and governments alike. Wake up.
So Walter, do you have some kind of problem with defending our rights in the Declaration and the Constitution as somehow being an evil thing to do, especially as you have already noted Paul used his Roman Citizenship (a pagan nation by the way) to advance the Gospel?
And if this Apostle filled with the Holy Spirit did so, don't you think we ought to do likewise with our citizenship and not abandon our rights therein?
Now to get really touchy here: How's your evangelism? Pass out tracts? Preach on the Street? Give the Gospel - at your local abortion clinic? - to the LGBTQi crowd - to Muslims - to Roman Catholic - to Atheists and Evolutionis
Another, Truth is a doubled edge sword, it cuts going in and out. Scripture clearly state not to trust in horses or men , the battle is the Lord's. Besides, providence is at work to ferret out the goats and bolster the lambs to forsake the thin shield of human constructs ( Constitution) and live not the Lord . The elect of God are sojourners, strangers in this land. Paul used his citizenship to advance the gospel, not ensure religious liberty. Read history and your bible, Christians who adhere to truth will be persecuted by charlatans and governments alike. Wake up.
Walter Kovacs wrote: Pretty sure Amendment 1 of the Constitution is not in the Bible. The scripture guarantees persecution, not religious liberty. To think ...
Dear Walter As respectfully as I might are you preaching some kind of abandonment theology?
Do you not know Or have you not considered
How incredibly important TRUTH, Righteousness, Justice and Peace are to Almighty God, our Sovereign Creator?
Or how frightfully real the Spiritual War we are in right now is? Where Satan is out to do everything he might wickedly do to use religious people to shut up the kingdom of heaven from men?
Primarily by silencing them and their witness of Jesus Christ.
Let me encourage you, to please don't shoot yourself in the foot, or hinder and be a stumbling block to others in their witness by acting like things in the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution are somehow unimportant matters
Are far too many today weak, whimpy, being destroyed for a lack of knowledge (worse because they reject knowledge), perishing because they have no vision? Certainly!
Do you need a little reminder Paul used his Roman citizenship as a part of his ministry?
IMHO we who live in the U.S. ought to do the same with our citizenship too
Pretty sure Amendment 1 of the Constitution is not in the Bible. The scripture guarantees persecution, not religious liberty. To think the Constitution is still relevant or retains originalist meaning today is naive. American Christians are weak.
Mike wrote: Attacks on religious liberty would have no feet with which to run, if the judges rightly and consistently did the job for which they get paid. Amendment 1 itself is not up for discussion, neither by God-haters, politicians nor judges. It is what it is, is its own authority, and has no secondary meanings. We do not need court permission to have that liberty.
I think you're assuming that judges operate on the basis of common truth and understanding, what is sometimes called the "rule of law."
That is no longer the case in too many instances across the U.S. and if not in the U.S., then probably not anywhere. Readers probably get tired of me pointing to the description of Judah in Isaiah 59 as fitting for the U.S. today, particularly verse 14:
Therefore judgment is turned backward, and justice standeth far off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14)
Attacks on religious liberty would have no feet with which to run, if the judges rightly and consistently did the job for which they get paid. Amendment 1 itself is not up for discussion, neither by God-haters, politicians nor judges. It is what it is, is its own authority, and has no secondary meanings. We do not need court permission to have that liberty.
The report highlighted a number of other cases, such as one involving a woman who was ordered to stop praying in her home by police officers, another involving a high school football coach punished for praying at midfield, and that of a military veteran who was ejected from a military retirement ceremony for referring to "God" in his speech.
"I would say that the overall trend [in courts] over the last 30 years has been good in preserving religious freedom and moving in the right direction but we're really in the middle of the battle," Shackelford said.
"I think one example of the culture is if you try to pass a religious freedom law (RFRA) in any state right now, you would find incredible controversy, which used to not be the case. I think we are in a unique time and I think that is why we are seeing an increase in attacks. We are going to determine whether we remain the United States of America that was founded on religious freedom."
The First Liberty report comes after the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council released a report in June that stated that there has been a 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations and a 114 percent surge in documented hostility toward Christian views on marriage and sexuality over the last three years.