Shocking Religious Freedom Study: Both Christians and non-Christians Favor Less Religious Freedom

Craig HueyCulture, Current Events, First AmendmentLeave a Comment

Religious freedom is fundamental to America…

It’s fundamental to a free society.

It’s why the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America 400 years ago.

It’s enshrined and guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of our Constitution – the Supreme law of the land.

And yet our First Amendment rights are under attack today as never before in our nation’s history.

Christians are being asked by politicians … educators … judges … and newly-elected legislators … to compromise their beliefs and violate their consciences.

In Elane Photography v. Willock, the New Mexico state Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin had violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by declining to photograph a same-sex wedding.

The court equated the Christian couple’s belief that marriage is a sacred God-ordained union between a man and a woman with racism when it said, “When Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.”

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Barronelle Stutzman discriminated against a same-sex couple for refusing to create floral arrangements for their wedding.

The court told her she must provide flowers for same-sex weddings or stop doing all weddings.

Stutzman said the ruling was “terrifying when you think the government is coming in and telling you what to think and what to do.”

Just as terrifying – if not more so – is the lack of outcry or even concern from the Christian community over these incidents of assault on religious freedom.

During a 5-year Barna study, both Christians and non-Christians were asked if they agreed or disagreed with this definition of religious freedom:

“True religious freedom means that all citizens must have freedom of conscience, which means being able to believe and practice the core commitments and values of your faith.”

Seems simple enough.

Without this freedom, Christians can’t live out a Biblical worldview.

In 2012, only 3% of practicing Christians and 7% of all adults disagreed with the definition.

But by 2017, 9% of practicing Christians and 10% of all adults disagreed.

What’s so shocking and disturbing is that the percentage of Christians who changed their view of religious freedom TRIPLED in 5 years!

Also, the percentage of practicing Christians who “Agree Strongly” with the Constitution-based definition of religious freedom dropped from 78% to 62% during the same period.

It seems clear from this study that an increasing number of “practicing Christians” don’t mind that Christian business owners and employees … teachers and medical professionals … government workers and more are being told they must compromise.

Notice that no one else is being asked to compromise their religious beliefs or their non-belief for the sake of being accommodating of … and non-discriminatory toward … Christians. It’s only the Christians who are being asked to compromise.

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