(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) During the last four years, as leftists raged in violent and deadly protests across the country, attacks on Christian churches soared, nearly tripling, according to new data released by the Family Research Council.
The types of attacks included vandalism, arson, gun-related incidents, bomb threats, and more. There also appeared to be an increase in frequency over the course of the reporting period, between January 2018 and September 2022.
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“Vandals regularly smashed crosses, statues and headstones in cemeteries; vandalized carvings of the Ten Commandments; set fire to a Nativity scene; and smeared feces on a statue of the Virgin Mary,” according to the FRC’s Washington Stand recounting of the report.
The mayhem continued, fueled by everything from two drive-by shootings at Denver’s Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, to a Bible being torn up and an American flag desecrated in a Primitive Methodist church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
“Smashed windows and spray-painted doors became ubiquitous,” FRC reported. “The number of assaults peaked this May through July but has remained elevated compared to historical figures, which usually number in the single digits.”
The report also noted that each act of violence and vandalism may cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
The FRC also documented that churches were attacked in 45 states and in Washington D.C. Many congregations from various Christian denominations were targeted, including other religious groups like Unitarian-Universalists and Mormons.
“The first nine months of 2022 saw more than double the number of reported acts of hostility against churches than occurred in the entirety of 2018,” Arielle Del Turco, assistant director of the Center for Religious Liberty at FRC, said. “When looking at recorded acts of hostility per month from 2018 to September 2022, it is notable that a spike in church attacks seemed to follow rises in political tension.”
“This happened during the protests and concurrent riots related to George Floyd’s death in May 2020 and following the leak of the Dobbs decision in May 2022,” she wrote in the report.
In the first nine months of 2022, radical abortion terrorists executed at least 57 attacks on Christian churches, a “1,140 percent increase over the past four years.”
“By contrast, only five incidents between 2019 and 2021 were abortion-related,” according to the report.
Aside from abortion lovers and Black Lives Matter communists, the report showed other groups who targeted the churches included LGBTQ activists, COVID-19 fanatics, atheists, Satanists, radical Muslims and America-haters.