Religious freedoms are at risk.  For example, in 2011, the Lao Buddhist Temple of Olathe, Kansas, was allegedly denied an opportunity to move to a larger location in part because of testimony against the project at public hearings; in 2013, a filing clerk was fired from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office because she declined to attend a Christian service; and this year, a Hawaiian indigenous group has been protesting an unwelcome government intrusion, the construction of yet another telescope, in their place of worship and reverence, their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea.

Photo by fdecomite (American Flag) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsPhoto by fdecomite (American Flag) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

However, those who are most vocal lately about a lack of religious liberties seem to be the ones with the most financial and political leverage.  Groups like the Liberty Counsel, the American Center for Law and Justice, Focus on the Family, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Council for National Policy, Congressional Prayer Caucus, and the Capitol Commission spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually lobbying and litigating to ensure Christian groups have the loudest voices in crafting public policies on issues like family planning, education, church-state relations, end-of-life options, and marriage equality.

There are even phony historians like David Barton and his Wallbuilders organization trying to rewrite history, promoting a myth that the United States was founded as a "Christian Nation" in an effort to favor Christian viewpoints in the public arena, which is ironic because many of the emigrants who came to America before the revolutionary era were fleeing religious tyranny from autocratic regimes who claimed authority from a Judeo-Christian God.

The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality is not evidence of religious persecution toward Christians, the majority religion in the U.S.  It's merely a reminder that, in a democracy, a powerful group of lobbying organizations is not guaranteed to win every time.  And those who rail about religious freedom would do well to remember the words of Abraham Lincoln:  "Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."