Religion News Reporter Lauren Markoe writes about a new report on religious hostility:
Two conservative groups have released a “Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” which seeks to draw attention to a “relentless onslaught” against religious people and institutions.
“America today would be unrecognizable to our Founders,” according to the report, unveiled on Monday (Aug. 20) by the Texas-based Liberty Institute and the Washington-based Family Research Council. The FRC’s security guard was shot Wednesday by a man who was reportedly angered by the group’s anti-gay stances.
“Our first freedom is facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts, Congress, and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom,” the report says.
Most of the more than 600 cases detailed in the study occurred during the past decade, and include:
– A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian in Castroville, Texas, unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
– City officials prohibited senior citizens in Balch Springs, Texas, from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
– A public school official in St. Louis physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.
Read the rest of the story here: http://www.religionnews.com/politics/government-and-politics/conservative-groups-release-survey-on-religious-hostility
And below is just one small critique of this report worth reading. Kelly Shackelford is President of the far right organization, Liberty Institute of Texas, and the other survey sponsor (or creator) is Tony Perkins of the very conservative Family Research Council