Attacks on religious liberty have jumped by 133 percent in the last five years, according to a new report by the First Liberty Institute.
The First Liberty Institute, a conservative legal group, said in its annual report, “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” that in the last year, there has been a 15 percent increase in attacks on religious liberty.
“In this edition, the total number of documented incidents in this report increased by over 15 percent over the past year and now includes more than 1,400 religious liberty incidents,” the report states.
In 2011, the group reported that there were 600 cases of attacks on religious liberty.
“It’s school cases, it’s military cases, it’s open public places cases, employment cases. Unfortunately, it is not [just] one particular area [of society], it’s across the board. What we collect is just what’s published. So really it is just the tip of the iceberg because what’s published is really a fraction of what is actually happening,” First Liberty CEO and Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford said.
Source: Study: Attacks on Religious Liberty Have Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years
China’s ruling Communist Party has issued notices warning Christian parents not to take their children to church.
Source: Chinese Gov’t Bans Christian Children from Attending Church, Vows Punishment to Offenders
Twitter has suspended a Christian blogger for criticizing a Teen Vogue editor who published an article encouraging teens to have anal sex.
Source: Twitter Bans Christian Mom for Calling Out Teen Vogue’s Push of Underage Sodomy
A Canadian Christian school was ordered “to refrain from reading or studying ‘any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals.’”
Source: Canada Forces Government Speech and Bans Bible Verses | Answers in Genesis
Lawyers at the United States State Department have removed the word “genocide” from speeches and official documents that describe the Islamic State’s brutal treatment of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, human rights activists have warned.
Source: ISIS’ ‘Genocide’ of Christians References Removed From State Dept. Documents
Facebook has rejected an ad for a video created by a Christian group for the Fourth of July holiday that included an animated recreation of the “Creation of Adam” mural due to it violating the social media site’s policy on nudity.
Source: Facebook Rejects Ad for Christian Fourth of July Video Over Alleged ‘Nudity’ Image
The complaint of a single resident of a planned community of hundreds of homes in California prompted the homeowners association board to banish four Christian groups that had been meeting in a common building, some for nearly a decade.But board members Karyl Ralles, Tom Burch, Jim Griffin, Kay Marks and Steve Steiber now face the possibility of a huge liability for what Christian group members describe as a violation of their civil rights.A judge in a California court has refused to dismiss claims for punitive damages against the board members.The Pacific Justice Institute, representing Christians who live in the Solera at Kern Canyon community in Bakersfield, California, said Thursday a judge in Kern County Superior Court has denied four motions on behalf of the association, its board of directors and its general manager to strike a request for punitive damages.“The court observed that the allegations, if proved, would be akin to racism and other forms of civil rights violations justifying punitive damages,” PJI said.
Source: Judge: Homeowners’ board may owe Christians punitive damages
Truth Bombs: Christians are the most persecuted people in History but most people just don’t care anymore. One day Isis will run into the wrong Christians.
Luke 22:36 (KJV)
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
This verse does NOT teach that we live by the sword, that is to say war as a lifestyle, but that we do stand for justice, we help the helpless, and protect the weak.
Article: A team of gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians traveling just south of Cairo Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25 other people, Egyptian officials confirmed.
Source: Egypt attack: Gunfire on bus carrying Coptic Christians kills at least 26 | Fox News
The Alabama Senate has granted a large church the right to create their own police force.
Christian Today reports that the 4,000-member church says it needs its own police force to keep its congregation safe, especially with the many events the church holds every year and the increased violence directed at church congregations.
Attorney Eric Johnston, who is behind the bill, stressed the need Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham has for the police force:
“We’ve got over 30,000 events a year that take place at Briarwood – going on all day, all night, at the school, at the church, at the seminary,” said Johnston. “We have to hire policemen all the time. It would be so much easier to have someone on staff.”
The bill passed in a 24-4 vote.
Critics of the bill, however, say that granting a church its own police force is an unprecedented move and could lead to covering up of abuse within the church.
Alabama has previously granted private universities their own police force, but has never done so before for a church.
Alabama has also recently been dealing with a scandal at its highest levels of government. The state’s governor, Robert Bentley resigned on Monday, following allegations of extramarital affairs and misusing campaign funds.
Source: Alabama Senate Votes to Give Church Its Own Police Force
U.S. Air Force officials at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas have been warned by a law firm that they need to withdraw punitive notations from an officer’s personnel file concerning his view of homosexual behavior or face legal action, because they were added on the whim of another officer.An investigation by the military had cleared Air Force Col. Michael Madrid of a claim that he made derogatory statements about homosexuality. The complaint had been submitted by a homosexual airman who was court-martialed and found guilty of serious misconduct prompting his removal from the service.Madrid, a decorated Air Force veteran, former Naval aviator and flight surgeon who has served America’s defense forces for 26 years, is a Christian who believes that marriage is the sacred union of a man and a woman.But a thorough Air Force investigation found the allegations unsubstantiated, cleared Madrid of charges and closed the investigation.Read the WND book that inspired the film, “Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph” – autographed at the WND Superstore!Then, however, a new commander, Maj. Gen. John E. McCoy “without any new evidence or new investigation … arbitrarily decided that Madrid had lied during the investigation and was guilty of the airman’s accusation of making derogatory comments about homosexuality,” according to a letter from First Liberty Institute to base commander Maj. Gen. Mark Brown insisting that McCoy’s “letter of admonishment” and “unfavorable information file” be removed.
Source: Air Force punishes Christian even though probe cleared him