Hostility Against Churches Is on the Rise in the United States

Over the past several years, Family Research Council has been tracking acts of hostility against churches in the United States. Between January 2018 and November 2023, at least 915 acts of hostility occurred. The types of acts include vandalism, arson, gun-related incidents, bomb threats, and more.

In 2023, Family Research Council identified 436 incidents—more than double the number identified in 2022 and more than eight times the number identified in 2018. These findings suggest that hostility against U.S. churches is not only on the rise but also accelerating.

Acts of hostility against churches are destructive and have the potential to intimidate a religious community. Therefore, they deserve to be condemned.

Read the February 2024 Edition of the Report

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April 2023 Supplemental Report

December 2022 Report