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A -- settled by pilgrims fleeing religious persecution is now home to an outbreak.
A religious persecution that's the conclusion of a study that paints a bleak picture for people of faith and willing to stand up for.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has details force tonight.
Our founders referred to religious freedom as our quote first freedom it's under assault.
Today the liberty institute and -- research council rolled out a massive report the groups say catalogs the growing hostility against religious expression right here in the US.
This is an issue -- 80% of Americans.
Real and that is that we should have our first freedom protect.
Now they may not agree on the substance of where those religious convictions leads people.
But they do agree that Americans should not be forced to violate.
Or to -- under you know there's the rub their religious convictions.
The authors of the new report insist that Americans of all faiths who choose to express the religious views are quote.
Facing -- relentless onslaught from well funded an aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts congress and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom.
They set examples like the thirteen year legal battle over this simple cross erected in the Mojave Desert on National Park Service land in 1934.
Eleven miles off the nearest highway meant to honor World War I veterans.
The ACLU and atheist groups have deemed it offensive.
There's also the Obama administration's directive that will require employers who provide health insurance to employees.
To comply with the regulations ensuring that any policy includes cost free access to birth control even if that is in direct conflict with the employer's religious beliefs.
The administration has long maintained that it is sensitive to striking the right balance between religious liberty and other important goals like access to medical care.
Just days ago President Obama said this.
Solve all of freedoms we cherish as Americans.
All the rights that we hold sacred.
Foremost among them is freedom of religion.
There was a shooting last week at headquarters of one of the groups behind this report the family research council.
According to FBI documents before opening fire the suspect told the security guard he shot quote.
I don't like your politics.
That was a pretty stunning incident Shannon Bream force tonight Shannon thanks.
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