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One of Our Nation’s Greatest Freedoms Falls by the Wayside as American Beliefs Targeted

Anti-Christian hatred is accelerating in the United States, according to a Christian nonprofit that has tracked violence against U.S. churches since 2018.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) released its annual Hostility Against Churches report last week, finding there were 436 hostile incidents against churches in 2023. This is more than double the number tracked in 2022 and more than eight times as many as the group found in 2018.

The group said it used publicly available data to track 915 acts of hostility against churches over the past six years. Most of the incidents were acts of vandalism. The report also found gun-related incidents, arson and bomb threats used against churches.

“From January 2018 to November 2023, there were at least 709 occurrences of vandalism, 135 arson attacks or attempts, 22 gun-related incidents, 32 bomb threats, and 61 other incidents (assault, threats, interruption of worship services, etc.). In 39 cases, multiple types of hostility occurred (e.g., vandalism and arson),” the report states.

Vandalism against churches may be a sign of the culture’s increasing irreverence for places of worship and the Christian religion in general, the report said.

“Americans appear increasingly comfortable lashing out against church buildings, pointing to a larger societal problem of marginalizing core Christian beliefs, including those that touch on hotbutton political issues related to human dignity and sexuality. Attacks on houses of worship may also signal a discomfort with religion in general,” the report continues.

FRC President Tony Perkins said the hostility toward Christians displayed by the Biden administration is mirrored by the growing persecution against Christians worldwide.

“There is a common connection between the growing religious persecution abroad and the rapidly increasing hostility toward churches here at home: our government’s policies,” Perkins said in a statement. “The indifference abroad to the fundamental freedom of religion is rivaled only by the increasing antagonism toward the moral absolutes taught by Bible-believing churches here in the U.S., which is fomenting this environment of hostility toward churches.”

Some of President Biden’s critics have accused his administration of waging a war on Christians after several pro-life activists were charged with violating federal law for protesting at an abortion clinic in 2021. The activists could face up to 11 years in prison.

FRC report author Arielle Del Turco said the documented incidents show there is a “growing disdain for Christianity and core Christian beliefs” in the United States.

“Although the motivations for many of these acts of hostility remain unknown, the effect is unmistakable: religious intimidation. They send the message that churches are not wanted in the community or respected in general. Our culture is demonstrating a growing disdain for Christianity and core Christian beliefs, and acts of hostility against churches could be a physical manifestation of that. Regardless of the motivations of these crimes, everyone should treat churches and all houses of worship with respect and affirm the importance of religious freedom for all Americans.”

  • Lynda says:

    Get the trash out of Washington

  • MBeached says:

    I can tell you that one of the reasons for anti-Christian behavior is because of the Christian NGOs and the Catholic NDOs at the border, aiding and abetting illegals coming across our borders.

  • Raconteur Duck says:

    There is another common connection to the violence perpetrated on churches: compare the number of illegal aliens let into the country with incidents of violence. Thanks Joe Biden. Thanks Democrats and the useful idiots that vote for them.

  • LB says:

    Atheist are running rampant, and it doesn’t help that the Catholic Church or Christian churches allow the crap that they have been allowing in the church. They are hypocrites they teach us one thing, turned their backs on it when it serves their purpose. And I’m Roman Catholic.

  • CHOMO JOE IS A POS says:

    Even Christians have the right to self defense and defense of their families. It is not simply a right we have as American citizens. SELF DEFENSE IS A HUMAN RIGHT.

    I would highly suggest that Christians get to grips with that fact and protect their own lives, the lives of their loved ones and the lives of other Christians by ANY AND ALL MEANS NECESSARY, including shooting those who would attack and murder Christians.

    Antisemitism is rampant in this messed up world. Antichristianism is growing more prevalent every day. Follow the example of the Jewish people: Arm yourselves. Use your arms to defend the lives of innocent people, including yourselves.



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