Family Research Council Cites ChristianFighterPilot.com
Just a short time after a gunman fired on a security guard at The Family Research Council building in Washington, DC — apparently because he ‘didn’t like their politics’ — the FRC and the Liberty Institute published The Survey of Religious Hostility in America (PDF, 2MB). The Survey is 135 pages covering “more than 600 recent examples of religious hostility” detailing “religious bigotry throughout America.” The paper includes not just independent government action, but moves by citizens to use the government to take action “hostile” toward religion.
America today would be unrecognizable to our Founders. Our first freedom is facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts, Congress, and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom. This radicalized minority is driven by an anti-religious ideology that is turning the First Amendment upside down.
Naturally, the report covers perceptions of religious hostility in the US military, with which they included this citation of ChristianFighterPilot.com:
Air Force Pressured to Remove God from Logo
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) successfully removed God from the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) logo on its official patch. It pressured the RCO into replacing “Doing God’s Work” with “Doing Miracles.” The MAAF claimed that the logo, which was written in Latin, constituted government establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment.
Importantly, there are examples of hostility toward many faiths in the report, not just Christians — though its seems many assume it is merely a Christian topic (the FoxNews headline was “Christians victims of rising ‘hostility’…) The confrontational American Atheists claim the FRC is calling upholding the Constitution “hostile.” It is true that the establishment and free exercise clauses of the US Constitution can be in tension, but much of the recent “tension” has been fabricated or pre-empted by such “hostility” toward the free exercise clause.
The paper includes a variety of other incidents documented on this site, including Mullin v Gould, a canceled SOS course, Rock the Fort, Franklin Graham and the Pentagon, Rabbi Menachem, Salazar v Buono, the Mount Soledad cross, the Roosevelt prayer, the Camp Pendleton cross, USAFA cadets’ support for Operation Christmas Child, Tony Perkins at Andrew AFB, and even Weinstein v Ammerman. (In fact, Weinstein v Ammerman is currently highlighted on the ReligiousHostility.org website in the list of “The Most Severe Attacks on our Religious Liberties.”)
It seems Michael Weinstein, Chris Rodda, and Jason Torpy can feel valued in their substantial inclusion in a summary of incidents demonstrating “hostility” toward religious liberty.