The modern dark age: According to a recently published 84-page report [pdf] by the Family Research Council, vandalism, violence, and arson against churches and religious institutions has nearly tripled since 2018.
From the report:
Family Research Council identified a total of 420 documented acts of hostility that targeted 397
individual churches. These incidents occurred between January 2018 and September 2022 across 45 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. To conduct this research, we analyzed open-source documents, reports, and media outlets to assess the number of acts of hostility against churches over a five-year span.
We looked at incidents of vandalism (including the destruction of property, the defacement of property, ransacking, and theft), arson, and arson attempts. Shootings that took place in a church building and bomb threats (including false ones) made against churches were also included. Most of the instances covered in this report are vandalisms; the report identified 342 occurrences of vandalism, 58 arson attacks or attempts, 12 gun-related incidents, 11 bomb threats, and 19 other incidences (assault, threats, interruption of worship services, etc.). Twenty incidents (4.76 percent) fell into more than one category, the most common combination being vandalism and arson.
Acts of hostility against churches occurred throughout the country, in 45 states and the District of Columbia. States with higher populations tended to report a greater number of incidents. California had the most incidents, with 51. Texas had 33 incidents, New York 31, and Florida 23. The only U.S. states without any known incidents during the five-year reporting period were Delaware, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
This violent form of blacklisting was not against any particular person, but against an entire class of religious institutions and their adherents. The trend, shown in the report’s graph above, illustrate the growing intolerance in America towards beliefs that do not fit in with the modern mainstream secular culture, a culture that once celebrated free speech and the free exercise of religion. Now, that culture abhors freedom, and within it is a growing and powerful cadre of organized individuals increasingly willing to use violence to silence such intellectual and philosophic diversity.
Since the report only goes through September 2022, it does not include the many incidents that occurred against churches in the fall of 2022, incidents that further underline the growing violence of the left.
As noted at the second link above,
Part of that insensitivity [to this violence] includes President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris turning a blind eye to attacks stretching from sea to shining sea, [says Family Research Council President Tony Perkins]. “While it is good to see the Biden administration acknowledge that these attacks are a problem, they must do more,” Perkins states. “The Biden Department of Justice has so far largely ignored these growing attacks on churches and that is creating an environment of lawlessness around the country.”
“Christians must not live in fear. We must not be intimidated,” concludes Perkins. “We must continue to stand upon the truth of God and defending the freedom of all to live out their faith.”
Kamala Harris endorsing rioting against her opponents. Click for video.
Perkins is too kind. The Biden administration has done nothing because it sees these attacks as politically advantageous. The attacks are being done by the militant brownshirts of the Democratic Party, and thus Biden and Harris are glad to see them occur. They want the religious — who almost always tend to be conservative — to live in fear. And these politicians also know that they have the support of a huge segment of the modern American population. Too many Americans no longer believe in free speech. Instead, they think that censorship and oppression are always justified to impose their own ideas.
Meanwhile, the majority of Americans who still say they believe in free speech and religious freedom do nothing. Within the Republican Party is a small but significant faction that actually favors the repeated betrayal of its conservative wing, allying themselves with the Democrats to further these intolerant policies. The rest of that party does nothing, because it is like the American general public, largely willing to look the other way out of fear, self-interest, or cowardice.
And thus freedom dies.