It's hard to believe American teenagers could be arrested for delivering a prayer, but that's the kind of nation we live in—a nation that was fundamentally transformed by the previous presidential administration.
In 2011, the class president at Hampton High School in Tennessee wanted to deliver a pray at graduation. The principal issued an edict that any child who attempted to pray would be stopped, escorted from the building by police and arrested.
That incident was one of dozens included in a stunning new Family Research Council report documenting a significant upsurge in government hostility to religion.
Since 2014 there has been a 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations, according to "Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in America."
"The recent spike in government-driven religious hostility is sad, but not surprising, especially considering the Obama administration's antagonism toward biblical Christianity," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said.
Perkins said the 66-page report underscores the legitimacy of the actions taken by President Trump to end polices in federal agencies that "fan the flames of this religious intolerance."