Legal Firm Finding Huge Increase in Threats to Religious Liberty

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When a Kentucky judge jailed Kim Davis for refusing to sign marriage licenses due to her Christian beliefs, the situation heralded various responses from the 2016 GOP candidates.  Most notable, perhaps, was Gov. Mike Huckabee’s claim that her jailing marks “the criminalization of Christianity.”

His statement seems to have been lost in the shuffle of debate over Davis’ role as a government employee and the details of making a religious exemption.  So, was Huckabee exaggerating the situation?  Was the jailing of Kim Davis a random case, or does her situation really mark the criminalization of Christianity in America?

Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of the Liberty Institute—a non-profit law firm that takes cases similar to the Davis case—might say her situation is not as unexpected or isolated as we would hope.  

“Each year, Liberty Institute publishes a survey titled ‘Undeniable,’ cataloging incidents of religious hostility in America,” Shackleford wrote yesterday in an article for the Washington Times.  “Since we started conducting the annual survey three years ago, we have seen an astonishing 133 percent increase in attacks on religious freedom over the past two years.”

Shackleford then goes on to detail several cases that the organization has taken in the past few years, including “everything from a 5-year-old girl who was ordered to stop praying over her meal by a school official to senior citizens being threatened with having their federally funded meals taken away because they were praying over their food. Continue Reading