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Attacks on American churches on the rise, report finds


A report just released by the Family Research Council (FRC) states that there were 420 attacks on 397 churches in 45 US states between January 2018 and September 2022, the Daily Signal reports.

The report added that attacks on churches are also on the rise, stating that the number of attacks on churches in the first nine months of 2022 more than doubled the number for all of 2018.

Churches of nearly every type were targeted, including evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic.

According to the 84-page report, the attacks involved such things as bomb threats, arson, gun violence and even Molotov cocktails. There were also several acts of vandalism that ranged from spreading feces on a statue of the Virgin Mary to spray-painting obscenities and satanic symbols on churches to setting a nativity scene on fire.

The report found that the two major contributing factors behind many attacks stemmed from the overturning of Roe v Wade by the Supreme Court and the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

Other contributing factors included churches’ support of traditional marriage, opposition to drag queen shows and COVID closures, and as well as holding pro-American views.

In addition, churches were attacked by those who simply held an anti-Christian sentiment, including Islamic extremists, Satanists, and secularists.

The study only cited the attacks on churches that were reported to authorities, and it also does not include the 240 hate crimes against Christians reported by the FBI in 2021, up from 213 in 2020.

READ: Churches Targeted 420 Times Since 2018: Homeland Security Warns of New Threats to Houses of Worship AND ‘An Atmosphere of Lawlessness’: Attacks on Churches Nearly Triple in 4 Years, New Report Finds

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