Documented attacks on religious freedom in the United States have more than doubled since 2011.
Just because you live in America, or in South Carolina for that matter, doesn’t mean your religious freedom is safe. According to a recently released study by the First Liberty Institute entitled “Undeniable,” documented attacks on religious freedom in the United States have more than doubled since 2011.
“Quantitatively and qualitatively, the hostility is undeniable. And it is dangerous.”
Few Christians are surprised by this finding, and perhaps fewer are surprised that the number of documented cases are far fewer than the actual number of attacks on religious freedom in America. According to the report, it seems as though no place offers protection for religious freedom as attacks have been documented in every area imaginable – public places, schools, churches and the military.
Religious Freedom Attacked in South Carolina
Several of the documented cases happened in the Palmetto State. Here are just a few:
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Simpsonville Activity and Senior Center in Simpsonville, South Carolina, demanding the discontinuation of praying before meals. Director of Recreation Robbie Davis confirmed that ‘staff at the Simpsonville Senior Center has ceased leading or encouraging prayer before meal functions.’”
“Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, South Carolina, held its graduation at North Greenville University, a local Christian college. When the American Humanist Association (AHA) heard about the location and discovered that several of the students had led prayer as part of the graduation ceremony, they sent a demand letter to the elementary school superintendent and principal that called for the elimination of the prayers and a change in venue. The school responded that no changes would be forthcoming. Consequently, the AHA sued the school. A South Carolina district court found in favor of the school, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the decision and remanded it for reconsideration.”
“The attorneys general of South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Nebraska filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health because of recent legislation requiring insurance to cover birth control. The attorneys general claim that the legislation violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the free exercise of religion. The attorneys general brought the suit both on behalf of their states and the people of their states. The district court dismissed the lawsuit, but the states appealed. Following the appeal, the states voluntarily dismissed the case.”
A few years ago, Palmetto Family compiled its own list of documented attacks on religious freedom. We came up with 50 instances where religious freedom was threatened, and remember: this is not an exhaustive list. Many more attacks have certainly occurred.
Religious Freedom Attacks Will Continue to Grow
That attacks against religious freedom will decrease is unlikely. The ever-rising trend of disdain for the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to religious freedom is disconcerting, but not overwhelming. Christians, however, must enter the fray and fight to keep God and the Bible in the public square.
Thankfully, South Carolina Christians have a strong ally defending their rights – Palmetto Family. Over the past 20 years, Palmetto Family has fought on the front lines in almost every one of the instances mentioned in the report. Religious freedom, though under attack, has never stood stronger and will continue to flourish with Palmetto Family’s backing.
There has never been a more crucial time for South Carolina Christians to join the fight. Are you willing to take two minutes of your time to join the thousands of Christians already fighting with Palmetto Family to defend and strengthen religious freedom in South Carolina? Click here or click the graphic below to make your voice heard.
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