The joint study from Liberty Institute and
the Family Research Council (FRC)
records up to 600 incidents of hostility toward religion, most of
which have occurred within the last ten years. For example, a
Christian couple was fired as apartment complex managers and forced
to move because a painting with a Christian reference was displayed
in their office (see earlier story).
Also listed is a student who was told he could not wear a t-shirt
to school because of its Christian message. Liberty Institute
attorney Justin Butterfield tells OneNewsNow what his group hopes
to accomplish with the study's findings. "We want to raise
awareness of the issue. A lot of people think that hostility
because of people's religious beliefs and attacks on religious
liberty are things that happen elsewhere in the world, not in the
United States," he notes. "We just want to show that it actually
happens with increasing and alarming regularity here in the United
States." Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford and FRC
President Tony Perkins are presenting the study before the
Republican Party Convention platform committee to raise that
awareness. "It's something that has gone under the radar, and we
want to bring it up and point out that this is an issue and a
concern that's affecting more and more Americans each year,"
The Liberty Institute further points out that religious liberty
is "facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive
groups" who are using whatever means available to suppress or
attack religious freedom.
What's the main cause of
growing hostility toward Christianity?