An organization that monitors issues affecting the church says the U.S. government will continue to ignore crimes against Christians as long as the Body of Christ allows it to do so.
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee – both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – have written a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting information and documents suggesting an imbalance of prosecutions. The senators allege that the agency is prone to "frivolous" prosecutions and investigations of members of the pro-life movement.
Chelsen Vicari of The Institute on Religion & Democracy says at the same time, the Justice Department isn't pursing crimes committed against Christians and Christian groups.
"Crimes that have blocked entrances to churches; we don't see anything about church burnings," she begins. "In Los Angeles, congregants couldn't even get in [their church] after Prop. 8 was voted on because same-sex marriage advocates were so enraged about the turnout for the vote .... We just don't see anything that would show us that there's fairness here by the Justice Department."
As a result, says Vicari, religious freedom and pro-life efforts have become a political football.
"This is what happens when we have a heavy-handed government that is trying to referee between truth and justice and they're just unable to do so without bias," she explains. "And those moral absolutes that are leftist, instead of traditional, are coming into play – and then we see that here with the Justice Department."
Senators Cruz and Lee have requested a response from the AG no later than April 11. (See related article)