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Christians victims of rising 'hostility' from gov't and secular groups, report says
Published August 24, 2012
FoxNews.com

Christians rally to show support of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace near Alto Pass, Ill. Atheists objected to the use of taxpayer money to pay for rehabbing the 11-foot cross. (AP)

President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, is behind the new report claiming that religious hostility is on the rise. (REUTERS)

A new report by the Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute claims that there's been a rising pattern of hostility toward Christians in America over the past decade.

The 140-page "Survey of Religious Hostility in America," prepared by the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council, highlighted more than 600 examples illustrating what it characterized as religious animosity shown by judges, government bureaucrats, schools and secular groups. From ObamaCare mandates that force religious entities to pay for contraception, to children being punished for uttering prayers in school, the report's findings shocked even those who commissioned it.


"It's way beyond anything we had imagined. It's so much more prolific than it's ever been before."
- Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute


Its a conflict of world views," Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told FoxNews.com. "These groups want people to check their faith at the door of the public square.

Among the examples listed in the survey:

Matthew Reynolds, valedictorian for HLV Junior-Senior High School in Victor, Iowa, was told he had to give a 'secular' speech after he wished to attribute his success to his faith in Jesus Christ during his graduation speech.
A cross was removed from a veterans' memorial in San Diego, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit held that the memorial was unconstitutional.
.Dr. Frank Turek, a Cisco employee, was fired for expressing his views on traditional marriage in his book, even though he never voiced his religious opinions at work.
Samantha Schulz, 8, was barred from singing "Kum Ba Yah" at a Boys and Girls Club in Port Charlotte, Fla., because the song included the words "Oh, Lord."
Catherina Lorena Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, was forced to participate in a late-term abortion against her religious convictions, and was threatened with job termination and loss of license.
The goal of the report is to raise awareness of these incidents to promote the appointment of judges "who are sensitive to the Constitution," said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute. The report was presented in Tampa just ahead of next week's Republican National Convention.

According to Shackelford, the hostility can lead to violence, as in the case of the Aug.15 shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters, in which a gunman allegedly said he disagreed with the group's beliefs before shooting an employee in the arm. He also cited the Aug. 5 shooting deaths of six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.

"It's way beyond anything we had imagined," Shackelford told FoxNews.com."It's so much more prolific than it's ever been before."

One critic said the report is guilty of blurring the line between attacking religion and upholding the Constitution. A.J. Johnson, development director of American Atheists, Inc., said no one condones hate crimes such as the FRC shooting. But many other examples cited are simply cases in which advocates called for the separation of church and state," Johnson said.

"The Family Research Council distorts court cases upholding the First Amendment as examples of "religious hostility," she said. "In reality, they are imposing their beliefs onto others and claiming to be victims of religious persecution when they do not get unique Christian privilege."

But Perkins said the secular nation that groups like Johnson's seek was never envisioned by the Founding Fathers, and will not come to be.

"That's not the future of our country," Perkins said.



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runawayhorses


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What is happening with religion was inevitable, there is simply no way religious beliefs can last much longer. Religion is dying a slow death. People these days are more informed and educated than ever before. Religion can not compete with education. In fact education and logic are religions worst enemy. They can not compete with science and facts. In another 100 years religion will be all but forgotten in the civilized world, even laughed at more so than it is now. But of course some poor 3rd world less educated countries public will still hang on because they don't know any better or its all that they have. But there is no place for religion and its spooky mystical beliefs in a well informed, well educated society.

gypsy


Moderator
Religion isn't actually what we true believers go on,there are many religions, but only one God, that is mine and most true believers are, it is not religion,it is faith, I don't go by a doctrine of a religion,I go by what I believe is true, believing in God And Jesus Christ.

runawayhorses


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To be more specific I am referring to the Christian faith. The belief if Jesus Christ is a savor. That is the religion I am speaking of.

gypsy


Moderator
It is actually not a religion..Christian baptist,and other churches believe in Jesus, it is a religious doctrine that most people are confused about,I know the conversation does get extreme. there will always be a faith in something,even science is a religion, in some form! don't you agree?

SSC


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Show me the one you believe in, have you seen God or Jesus ??
I think not, just mans words and interperations, painted pictures to control the masses. When you die you are dead, no happy ever after, no pearly gates, just ashes or a hole in the ground, The End.

gypsy


Moderator
I don't have to show that is my belief, I am not questioning yours.. you wouldn't believe if I could,better settle down Dear

runawayhorses


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No science is not a religion in any form or fashion. And Christianity is a religion. Christianity is the worst case of religion in the world because of what it attributes to a God. Christianity makes God out to be a monster that murders people. Christianity is not good, it is evil.

I agree SSC.

SSC


Admin
Well Dear, you just made my point, you have nothing to show.

gypsy


Moderator
haha one day we will all see! Good Luck!

runawayhorses


Owner
gypsy wrote:haha one day we will all see! Good Luck!
We already know it isn't true, science has already proven it. It is fact Christianity is false and a fable. We don't need luck because luck is not part of the equation. The ones that don't choose to face the facts are the ones that are being laughed at. Christianity and religion will all be a thing of the past someday, its already happening, thank god, if you pardon the expression.

gypsy


Moderator
runawayhorses wrote:
gypsy wrote:haha one day we will all see! Good Luck!
We already know it isn't true, science has already proven it. It is fact Christianity is false and a fable. We don't need luck because luck is not part of the equation. The ones that don't choose to face the facts are the ones that are being laughed at. Christianity and religion will all be a thing of the past someday, its already happening, thank god, if you pardon the expression.
How has it been proven? I am not talking christianity here I am talking God/Jesus.how has it been proven?

runawayhorses


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I'm talking about Christianity. The god of the bible has been proven not true. Christianity is based on what is written in the bible.

Science has proven every fact and detail as contained in the bible as not true. The earth is not only 6,000 years old as the bible teaches, the earth was not destroyed by a flood, it was not a talking snake that was sent to tempt Eve in the garden of Eden, and a Man was not swallowed by a whale. All scientific proof these things did not or can not happen.

gypsy


Moderator
show me where that proof is..

runawayhorses


Owner
I don't feel like it.

gypsy


Moderator
HAHA OK

runawayhorses


Owner
Right

Candy Cottingham


Veteran
God is not an old man in the sky with a long flowing beard.

Jehovers Witnesses say HE IS A SPIRIT

Now define what a spirit is and it's composition.

soul; supernatural being, demon, ghost; psyche;

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