Survey: Increasing Hostility Toward Religion in USA

In what may be one of the more poignant stories of the week, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute released a survey Monday that details the rise in hostility toward religion in America.

Just a week ago, a gunman attempted to enter Family Research Council headquarters in Washington DC, wounding a security guard. Law enforcement has treated this as an incident of Domestic Terrorism. That certainly puts an explanation point at the end of yesterday’s press release from the Family Research Council.

According to CNA/EWTN news,

Washington D.C., Aug 20, 2012 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report examining court cases from recent years has found that hostility towards religion has grown to unprecedented levels in the United States.

The newly-updated Survey of Religious Hostility in America serves as “a testament to the radical shift in our culture’s worldview” on religion, said Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute, and Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.

On Aug. 20, Shackelford and Perkins announced the release of the updated analysis, describing “more than 600 recent examples of religious hostility” in the U.S., most occurring in the last decade. Read more here

The full report on the rise of hostility toward religion in the USA can be found here.

  • Jessica Hoff

    I couldn’t follow the link Rebecca, so perhaps check if it is me or the link?

    But the moral of the story is all too clear.The storm clouds gather, the winds rise, and we still think the sun is about to shine. If we don’t wake up soon, we may not wake at all.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for the heads-up Jessica. I think I fixed it.
      I fear you’re right. We need to wake up … and soon.

      • Neenergyobsever

        I’ll put this here since first, yup, the link is fixed. Jessica has been talking about this a good deal lately, and mine this morning (Wed,) is also on this subject. It is time to take our stand, I thank God for you, and others like you.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Back at ya!

  • Don

    Rebecca, thank you for visiting my blog so often. I apologize for my tardiness in responding to you. Thank the Lord that He has saved us and now He is in us. May He continue to lead you and me day by day. Grace to you and to the Christians around you. Don

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Don!

  • Serena

    We have to keep using our voices while we have them, and keep praying. Lord, have mercy on us for our generations-long silence, for our complacency, for our fear of offending those who want to get rid of us.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Well said my friend!

  • Arkenaten

    Is it any wonder? There is apparently one god among monotheists and god knows (sic) how many thousands of cults that worship him
    Religion will eventually fizzle away – as it should- and people can start taking responsibility for their actions, stop blaming or praising their god and recognise we are all human.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      First, yes, we are all human.
      Second, you make my point. Thank you.

      • Arkenaten

        Smile, I think you are playing semantics Rebecca. The point is that WITHOUT religion these attacks would not exist. As for tolerance, the USA is the heart of evangelical Christianity and proselytizing is part and parcel of spreading the word. Would you like someone spreading a somewhat dubious contagious moral virus in your home? Not for me thank you very kindly.
        The States are probably the most violent nation on earth and when it goes to war God is with the troops on the front line, is he not? And currently atheists are getting something of a hard time.
        Is not God with the Muslims too? Or would he be too busy minding the Israelis?
        Must be a tough job being your god, not so?
        No dear, I’m not making your point, merely demonstrating the utter hypocrisy of religion – ALL religion.