Attacks On Religion In America Doubled In Three Years, Survey Finds In 2016 Edition Of Undeniable

First Liberty Institute documents over 1200 instances of hostility to religion in America

Feb 22, 2016, 14:41 ET from First Liberty Institute

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, First Liberty Institute announces the release of Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2016)View PDF:

First Liberty Institute's team of researchers, led by a Harvard-trained constitutional attorney, began documenting the rise of attacks on religion in 2012. In the first edition of Undeniable, they catalogued over 600 instances where religious liberty was threatened or suppressed. This year, First Liberty Institute has identified 1,285 attacks on religion in the United States – seeing attacks double in just three years. 

Some of the instances of hostility toward religion documented in Undeniable include: 

  • A high school football coach suspended for praying after football games 
  • A Marine court-martialed for refusing to take down a Bible verse 
  • An Orthodox Jewish synagogue sued by the government for meeting in a private home 
  • Veterans prohibited from practicing Native American faith rituals at a VA center
  • Cheerleaders stopped from writing Bible verses on cheer banners 

Each incident of hostility is cited to a court case, news article, or report from an organization involved in the incident. Cited by award-winning journalists and national political leaders, Undeniable has become an invaluable resource in documenting the battle for religious freedom in America. 

"The religious liberty of Americans is under attack like never before," says Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute. "These attacks are coming from all directions, against America's churches, in our school, in the military, and in the public arena." 

"The good news is, even though the number of attacks has risen, the Constitution hasn't changed," Shackelford continued. "Religious liberty is still our first, foundational freedom. And when Americans stand up for their rights, they can win."

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