American Family Association spokesperson laments declining religious freedom and the loss of tolerance in America
TUPELO, Miss. — A recent survey conducted by Lifeway Research revealed that 54% of Americans believe religious liberty in the United States is in decline. Meanwhile, 36% of Americans find that Christians in the U.S. “complain too much about how they are treated.” Almost 60% “say that Christians are increasingly confronted with intolerance in America.”
“Intolerance is about cultural pushback,” one researcher said. “In the American marketplace of ideas, not all systems of thought are welcomed. The majority of all religions notice this pushback against Christians today.”
American Family Association (AFA, www.AFA.net) Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano commented on the rise of intolerance towards Christianity, encouraging believers to continue to boldly proclaim the Gospel in the light of such negativity.
“Increasing hostility to Christianity in America is not a figment of anyone’s imagination — it is a fact of life,” said Vitagliano. “Surveys accurately reveal this poisoned atmosphere, as believers in Jesus Christ are verbally attacked by the new atheists, sexual and gender radicals, secularists, and outright Marxists. However, this is not a time for Christians to slink away into the corner and lick their wounds. Instead, they should pray for the boldness to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ to those who are enemies of God –– as we ourselves once were.”
For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Founded in 1977, AFA has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 110,000 subscribers to The Stand (formerly known as the AFA Journal), the ministry’s monthly magazine. Find AFA Action Alerts here. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 180 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.
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