Are Christians under attack in America?

Are Christians under attack in America?  That is a somewhat controversial question.  To begin with, American Christians are not being murdered, raped, and sold into slavery like Christians in the Middle East.  Christians in the Middle East are under a constant threat of violence.  This has led to a mass exodus of Christians fleeing the Middle East.   According to the Center for the Study of World Christians, approximately 90,000 Christians were killed because of their beliefs in 2016.  This organization estimates that around 90,000 Christians have been killed every year since 2005.  In 2016, the United States and the European Union declared that ISIS was performing Christian genocide in its area of control in Iraq, Syria, and Lynda.

Obviously, in America, Christians do not face the threat of death or violence that plagues Christians throughout different parts of the world.  Never the less, Christians are beginning to feel the effects of hostility and discrimination.  For example, a high school football coach was fired in Washington State for praying on the field after football games.  All over the country, numerous other coaches have been told not to for pray with their teams.  In Maine, a Christian teacher was threatened with termination for telling a coworker  that she would pray for them.  Unfortunately, teachers are not the only ones facing hostility in schools.  In April, a Florida high school teacher reportedly made students remove necklaces that had crosses on them.  The students claimed that she said that the crosses are “gang symbols.”

Schools are not the only place in which Christians are being sued for practicing their beliefs.  In 2015, A Christian owned bakery in Oregon was fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding.  The bakery did not refuse to sell the couple cakes or cupcakes but instead refused to bake a cake for a ceremony that went against their religious beliefs.  Apparently, Christian business owners must participate in ceremonies that go against their religion.

It is true that Christians are not being killed or beaten in America for their beliefs but it also true that is becoming harder for Christians to freely practice their religion.  Even in America, if things do not drastically change, Christians may one day face severe restrictions on how they can practice their faith.

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