Report On Religious Hostility In U.S. Released By Groups To Coincide With Republican Platform Meetings
On Monday, the Family Research Council and Liberty Institute issued a press release announcing the release of an updated edition of The Survey of Religious Hostility In America. The report-- released in Tampa, Florida to coincide with the Republican National Convention's platform committee meetings there --summarizes over 600 legal cases and threats of litigation. They involve prayers and displays in the public arena; religious expression in public schools; and litigation of various sorts (zoning, equal access, church autonomy) involving churches and ministries. A separate website devoted to the report and related material has been set up: www.religioushostility.org. The Introduction to the report, captioned "An Open Letter To the American People," says that "attacks against people of faith ... are permeating our nation" and takes the Obama administration to task for referring to "freedom of worship" instead of "freedom of religion."