Hostility toward religious freedom rose 15 percent in 2016, according to a new report. On Tuesday First Liberty Institute released Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America. The non-profit legal group has released Undeniable every year since 2012. Based in Texas, First Liberty focuses exclusively on religious freedom. The report documents all recorded instances of hostility to religion every year.
First Liberty president Kelly Shackelford and deputy general counsel Jeremy Dys spoke with reporters via teleconference Tuesday. Justin Butterfield, senior counsel and Editor-in-Chief of Undeniable also joined.
Since 2012, there’s been a 133 percent increase in instances of hostility, they said. Undeniable now includes 1,400 recorded anecdotes of religious discrimination in the U.S.