Hostility Toward Religion in America

DAILY SIGNAL — Discrimination against Americans of faith is on the increase, but if they stand up for their religious liberty they can prevail, a new report says.

“Hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters,” Kelly Shackelford, president, CEO and chief counsel at First Liberty Institute, writes in the report.

“This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience.”

The report, an annual publication called “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” is published by First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization that strives to protect religious liberty. It documents more than 1,200 legal cases involving persons who believe they have been discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.

“The survey has been growing both in number and in severity of the attacks every year,” Justin Butterfield, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, told The Daily Signal.

In the past year, Butterfield said, the Obamacare mandate requiring religious employers to cover contraceptives in employee health plans has been especially troubling.

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