A variety of websites reported on the FBI report released last month that indicated occurrences of “hate crimes” had risen in 2017.
Most noted the largest portion were “racial and ethnic bias,” but there was also a substantial increase in “hate crimes” based on religion:
There was also a nearly 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes in 2017…
Reports also highlighted the increase in anti-Semitic crimes, though anti-Muslim offenses actually decreased. From the report: Read more
In an interesting twist, the ACLU recently praised a decision by the US Army that “protect[ed] First Amendment rights” of Soldiers — but it was precisely the opposite position of Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who claims his MRFF is the “sole group” providing soldiers that very protection. The ACLU said [emphasis added]:
[There have been] reports that Army diversity trainings have labeled various religious and socially conservative organizations as “extremist” or “hate groups.”
In response to some of that criticism, Army Secretary John McHugh recently suspended these trainings. The ACLU commended that move in a letter to the Army last week that dispels the perception left by some that the trainings were uniquely anti-Christian. The ACLU also urged the Army to better protect the First Amendment rights of military personnel going forward and offered suggestions on how to do so.
The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition similarly applauded the decision by the Army to end and standardize those briefings. (To be fully accurate, the Read more
Chuck Colson recently wrote Playing the Hate Card, in which he made a quick reference to a point often made here:
Foremost on my list [of things to be thankful for] was the freedom we as Americans still enjoy to practice our religion. This includes the right to promote laws and leaders who uphold our values. (emphasis added)
Again, Christians are not obligated to allow those whose values are in opposition to their own to prevail simply because Christians have a religious foundation. Even in a secular society, every citizen acts from their own moral foundation in their attempts to influence the social morality by promoting their own beliefs in the governance of society. The fact that one person’s foundation may be “religious” and another’s “religious” in another form does not negate the value of the position itself.
Colson was speaking in reference to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Read more