A new report produced by one of the nation’s leading social conservative activist organization claims that there has been 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations and a 114 percent surge in documented hostility toward Christian views on marriage and sexuality in the last three years.

In a June 2017 report titled “Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States,” the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council highlighted various instances in which Americans’ First Amendment rights have been infringed upon or instances in which they faced hostility over their religious views on sexuality that are in disagreement with those of the political left.

The report divided the reported instances into four different categories: “Attacks on Religious Expression in the Public Square,” “Attacks on Religious Expression in Schools and Universities,” “Censure of Religious Viewpoints Regarding Sexuality,” and “Suppression of Religious Viewpoints on Sexuality Using Nondiscrimination Laws.”

“When the first edition of this report was released in July 2014, religious freedom violations across the United States were already significantly high. Since that date, the number of incidents has only increased,” a summary of the report states. “The first edition — spanning over a decade — contained 90 incidents. Yet 69 new incidents have been added in the short time since the last report. That is a 76 percent increase in just under three years.”

The report added that documented hostilities toward religious viewpoints on sexuality and suppression of those views, as highlighted in Section III and Section IV of the report, have “more than doubled in a 114 percent surge.”

“Moreover, Sections III and IV, documenting hostility to religious beliefs on natural marriage and human sexuality, contained 42 incidents in the report’s first edition,” the report explained. “In the time since then, 48 new incidents have been added to these sections.”

“While every section of the report shows an increase in the suppression of religious freedom, the changes in Sections III and IV show an even greater increase in the level of hostility to religious beliefs on the topic of sexuality,” the report added. “This trend was apparent in the first edition, and following the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges and other developments, is even clearer now.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

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