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‘Cause For Concern’: FRC Report Highlights 300% Increase In Hostility Towards Churches In The First Quarter Of 2023

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A report from the Family Research Council (FRC), released earlier this month, is highlighting the sharp rise in acts of hostility against the church in the United States. The report documented a nearly 300% increase in acts of hostility in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same time frame in 2022. If the trend continues, the report underscored that “2023 will have the highest number of incidents of the six years FRC has tracked.” The acts of hostility contained in the report include “vandalism, arson, gun-related incidents, bomb threats, and more.” “January of 2023 was a particularly intense month for acts of hostility against churches,” Arielle Del Turco, FRC’s Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, noted. “Although the number of actions dropped in February and March. The first quarter of 2023 overall saw an unusually high number of acts of hostility, with 69 such incidents being documented. Our research indicates that number is more than the entirety of 2018, in which we identified only 50 incidents, or 2020, in which we identified 54.” “This steep increase is a cause for concern,” Del Turco stressed… (READ MORE)

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