Poll: Majority of Americans believe religious liberty is declining in US

A new poll by Lifeway Research has found that 54% of Americans believe religious liberty is declining in the US, and 59% believe that tolerance of Christianity specifically is declining, CBN News reports. The poll found that evangelical believers are more likely (74%) to say religious liberty is declining than those who are not evangelical (48%).

Record-low number of Americans believe Bible is the literal Word of God

A Gallup poll published Wednesday shows that the number of Americans who believe the Bible is literally true is at an all-time low, the Washington Times reports. The poll found that, for the first time ever, there are more Bible doubters than believers in the US, the Times reports.

US: Return to in-person church has stalled

While almost all US churches have now reopened, and more are dispensing with pandemic protocols like social distancing, new figures from the Pew Research Center show that the percentage of churchgoers returning to in-person services has stalled since September last year, Christianity Today (CT) reports.

Russia Keeps Punishing Evangelicals in Crimea

Since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014—one of the central points of conflict in the current clash between the two countries—Protestant Christians in the territory have faced greater government penalties for practicing their faith.

Myanmar: Burmese army continues to attack churches

The Burmese army is continuing to target and destroy churches in predominantly Christian areas of Myanmar, amid an increasingly volatile and violent situation in the conflict-wracked country, UCA News reports.

Poll: Less than half of Americans pray every day

A 2021 poll by the Pew Research Center has found that 45% of US adults say they pray every day, compared to 55% in 2014 and 58% in 2007, the Christian Post (CP) reports. Conducted from May 29 to August 25, the poll found that 32% of US adults rarely or never pray.

New Poll: Nearly 30% of Americans have no Religious Affiliation

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 29% of US adults say they have no religious affiliation, the Washington Examiner reports. The poll defines those who are unaffiliated as “people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or ‘nothing in particular’ when asked about their religious identity.”

Myanmar: Burmese Army plants landmines in destroyed churches

The Burmese Army in Myanmar’s Chin state has now taken to planting landmines inside the ruins of churches it has destroyed, in order to deter Christians from returning to rebuild the communities the junta has driven them out from, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Since the February 1 military coup, the Tatmadaw has been murdering and displacing Myanmar Christians in its efforts to violently impose Buddhism.

Report shows 70% increase in hate crimes against Christians in Europe

A new study shows that hate crimes against Protestants and Catholics increased by 70% in Europe last year, the Christian Post (CP) reports. The Observatory on Intolerance Against Christians in Europe (OIDAC) presented its report amid concerns about an ongoing decline in religious, parental, and conscience freedoms for European Christians.

Report: Chinese government continues campaign to harass and imprison Christians

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has reported that China’s communist dictatorial regime continues to harass, detain and imprison Catholics and Protestants who refuse to participate in respective state-approved religious associations, CNS News reports. According to the 2021 USCIRF report, this treatment of Christians in China is part of the government’s “sinicization” effort to mix Christianity with communism.

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