A new study conducted by Barna Group shows millions of adults—particularly evangelicals—are worried that our religious liberties are being threatened:

First, Americans have a relatively gloomy view of religious freedom in the U.S. Many Americans express significant angst over the state of religious freedom in the U.S. Slightly more than half of adults say they are very (29%) or somewhat (22%) concerned that religious freedom in the U.S. will become more restricted in the next five years. As might be expected, those who are religious are more concerned than those who aren’t—particularly Christians more so than those adherents to other faiths. Practicing Protestants (46% very concerned) are more worried about this prospect than others; yet, 30% of practicing Catholics are also concerned. Barna-defined evangelicals, who meet a series of nine theological criteria, are among the most likely to be concerned about such restrictions (71%).

Not only are most Americans worried about the future of religious freedom, many feel the restraints have already started. One-third of adults believe religious freedoms have grown worse in the last decade. Among practicing Protestants, nearly half (48%) say they perceive freedom of religion to have grown worse in recent years. Three out of five evangelicals (60%) perceive religious freedoms to have grown worse.

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  • RCPoland

    “Among practicing Protestants, nearly half (48%) say they perceive
    freedom of religion to have grown worse in recent years. Three out of
    five evangelicals (60%) perceive religious freedoms to have grown worse.” In what way have their religious freedoms grown worse? Are their churches being firebombed? Is anyone levying taxes on church property? Or are they whipping themselves into a frenzy over perceived bigotry and injustice that exists only in their own minds? Granted, perception is reality (for the perceiver, anyway, but that doesn’t make it true.