This week the Senate spent 20 hours questioning judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court known for his defenses of religious freedom.
Religious liberty has been a growing concern among evangelicals, who welcomed Trump’s executive order to strengthen religious exemptions under federal laws and programs even though it fell short of protecting Christian business owners like bakers, florists, and photographers.
Still, there has been much to worry about over the past few years: high profile lawsuits filed against those who refuse to provide their services for same-sex weddings, the Obamacare requirement of institutions to provide contraception coverage, and the proposed legislation in California that all schools must obey anti-discrimination regulations or lose funding.
International Christian Concern even included the US in its religious freedom Hall of Shame list for the first time in 2016, citing “constant attacks in the media” and believers being “marginalized through the law.”
Should the US be included on such lists? Here’s how experts weighed in. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom.
“Persecution in the US isn’t comparable to overseas. Yet there have been too many Christians fired or sued, and too many negative court cases and laws, to miss a clear trend. Most governments don’t publicly declare their hostility toward religion; they use laws like zoning or employment to push it out of the public square. Religious freedom in the US is being pushed toward private expression.”
~Jeff King, president, International Christian Concern
“Every country, including ...