Attacks on Churches on the Rise in 2023, Report Finds

ChristianHeadlines.com reports: “The first three months of 2023 saw a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on churches nationwide compared to the same timeframe last year, according to a new report that found such attacks took place in nearly 30 states. 

The report by the Family Research Council found 69 acts of hostility against churches between January and March – approximately three times the number that was recorded during the first three months of 2022. Such acts of hostility include vandalism, arson, bomb threats and gun-related violence. Among the 69 attacks on churches: the mass shooting at The Covenant School, which is a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

The report noted that if the rate continues, 2023 ‘will have the highest number of incidents of the six years FRC has tracked.’ A total of 29 states experienced attacks on churches. 

‘The problem of acts of hostility against churches in the United States is widespread and growing,’ said Arielle Del Turco, FRC’s director of the center for religious liberty and author of the report. ‘Increasing anger and frustration directed at church buildings points to a larger spiritual battle and a growing climate of hostility toward Christianity.’…”

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