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Rising Persecution of U.S. Christians

Friday, September 21, 2012 (2:58 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Americas, U.S. News, United States

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– A joint report by Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council shows that anti-Christian persecution is not only increasing in America, but that it's coming from our own government.

"There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols, such as a cross, and I could go on and on," said Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford.

"Religious hostility is the red light on the dashboard that tells us we have a problem and that violence will come next if not fixed," Shackleford said. "The recent attacks on the faith-based Family Research Council and the attack on the Sikhs are recent examples alone."

Many public facilities are also masking American Christianity, according to ACLJ senior counsel David French.

"One of the most strident examples: the misuse of the Establishment Clause to attempt to ban any mention of God from historical markers, monuments or even museum exhibits. This represents an effort to whitewash God from American history and change our national identity."

French said that though the Obama administration has contributed to this, it didn't begin with his inauguration; in fact, anti-Christian persecution has been stewing here in America for decades.

"While the Obama administration launched its own unprecedented assault on religious liberty through Obamacare, the attack on Christian expression is the result of cultural changes that have been taking place for decades … the trend began with the advent of the sexual revolution and the mainstreaming of the 1960s counterculture. As leftist radicals have progressed through the academy, media, churches and government, the trend has only accelerated."

Shackleford said a plethora of new court cases has sped-up this trend.

"The seeds for these attacks were dropped in Supreme Court opinions in the ’40s and it really began to take off in the 1960s. The thing that is shocking now, and different, is that the attacks have dramatically picked up speed. There can be as many as 100 new attacks in a month. While Liberty Institute has the highest win rate of any group in the country at over 99 percent, we just can’t currently cover all these with our current resources."

Other examples of anti-Christian persecution by the U.S. government in the joint report are:

- Federal judges who threatened to incarcerate a high school valedictorian unless she removed all references to Jesus from her graduation speech and who decided that prayer before a state House of Representatives couldn't be to Jesus.

- Public school officials who prohibited students from handing out gifts containing religious messages and who stopped another student from handing out flyers inviting classmates to a church event.

- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ban against any mention of God in veterans’ funerals, despite the desires of families of the deceased.

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  • henrikaxelsson

    Taking away religious symbols like for example in god we trust because its not true for all americans isnt necessarily wrong from a christian perspective. Or forcing people who dont beleive in jesus to sing psalms. Rituals wont save the world, jesus will. Im a christian but i dont say grace before a meal. Jesus didnt command us to do so, and it annoys me to see people stuck in that kind of overreligiousness-compulsivness. Jesus did bless the bread but n sot everytime i beleive, and he didnt command us to do so. Agendas that say we have to do this everytime hinders the spirit of god. Where the spirit of the lord is, there is freedom, the bible says. And the government is still ordained by god. Christians should say in god we trust, but they shouldnt speak for everyone else who dont beleive in god. veterans who beleived in god should be able to have a mention of

  • Angela Davis

    Are you serious?
    Christians are and have been being tortured for decades continuously in the USA and you report this? Christmas is not even IN the Bible!
    Check with The Berean Call.
    Check with Martin and/or Deidre Bobgan.
    Check with secular authorities since you seem to like their opinions better.
    There's Dr. Thomas Szasz, and PsychRights, who have documented testimonies (of Christians and non-Christians) galore.

  • Geek

    This is still a bogus idea. Christians in the USA are not suffering systematic persecution because the dominant point of view in this country is Christianity. Churches are not being shut down and the Christian broadcast outlets are not going silent. 85% of Americans still claim a Christian religious conviction. There are isolated cases of persecuted that must be treated as hate crimes but the systematic persecution does not exist and will likely never exist. The gun ownership among Christians alone makes me believe that.

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