(USNewsMag.com) – The Family Research Council has produced a report detailing an alarming rise in attacks on churches in the US. The report claims that criminal acts targeting Christian places of worship have increased for years, but the first four months of 2023 signal that the situation is rapidly worsening.
“In the first quarter of 2023, 69 incidents have already occurred. If this rate continues, 2023 will have the highest number of incidents of the six years FRC has tracked, continuing the upward trend. Most of the 2023 incidents occurred in January (43); 14 occurred in February, and 12 occurred in March,” the report states.
The group adds that the figures it has obtained do not present a complete picture because many instances of vandalism are not reported to authorities.
While vandalism is the most common act, more severe attacks are increasing. These include arson, gun-related incidents, and bomb threats.
There was a spike in incidents following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade last year. Five pro-abortion incidents occurred from 2019 to 2021 but in 2022, this figure had grown to 57.
California has the highest number of incidents, followed by Texas, New York, and Florida.
The problem is not exclusively an American one, however. Attacks on churches in Europe have also steadily multiplied. In France, there were more than 1,000 instances in just one year. In 2018, there were two incidents per day. Germany reports similar figures. Police rarely apprehend the perpetrators, and the press usually withholds their identities.
The spike in anti-Christian violence coincides with high levels of immigration from largely Muslim countries. Millions of Muslim migrants have arrived in Europe over the past decade. In 2020, a man was seen tearing the cross from the roof of a church in the UK’s capital. The man, of Middle Eastern appearance, was arrested and the crucifix retrieved, but the British media did not publish further details on his identity or motive.
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