In what ways are Christians negatively affected, e.g. by having their constitutional rights limited, by these “anti-Christian” groups on …

Answer by Paul deHolczer:

No Christian group is having its rights limited by any groups.

Every Christian group has the same rights as any other religious group.

The American Family Association asserts a right to enshrine Christianity as a state-supported national religion in America.  Since 1977, Donald Wildmon (the founder of American Family Association) has "declared war" on everything that fails to promote his version of a Christian America. While he advocates Christian school prayer, a ban on abortion and an end to sex education in public schools, most of Wildmon's efforts revolve around censorship.  Some people have accused Wildmon and his organization of engaging in religious bigotry. (Religious leaders denounce Wildmon's anti-Semitism

That is why American Family Association labels the group Americans United For Separation of Church and State a bigoted organization.   Americans United is not an anti-Christian organization. It has never been an anti-Christian organization. Most of its founders were Christians, and it is led by a Christian minister now. Although Americans United is diverse, it has many Christian members and chapter activists, and regularly forms coalitions with a number of faith traditions.  (Fuzzy Map: Religious Right Group Accuses Americans United And Its Allies Of Being A Bevy Of Bigots)
Americans United For Separation of Church and State supports the wall of separation between church and state in America; however, Americans United holds that wall is between ALL religions (not just Christianity) and ALL government.

Christian are not being persecuted in America and no Christian group is having its rights limited by any other groups.  Christian churches in America are not taxed and are free to worship — even in dangerous ways (Snake Handling – Pentecostal Christianity) — though not in ways which will hurt others or deny others their Constitutional rights.

What is happening is that some Christians (The American Family Association apparently represents some of these.) are propagating a myth of persecution.  What leads them to do so? 

First, the myth is fueled by resentment of other religions and no religion, viewpoints whose constituencies are now demanding as much respect and acknowledgement as Christianity has expected and received as a matter of course.  For some reason, those viewpoints are threatening to Christians — even though the constituencies are not asking for preference over Christianity. 

Second, propagating a myth of persecution relieves these Christians from having to regard these other religions, and no religion, as having any validity whatsoever.  This changes the focus.

Third, there is profit to be made in fund-raising using the fear and ignorance of people who allow themselves to be enraged or threatened or misled by propaganda that Christians are "under attack" and "being threatened" or "being intimidated." (Make a Donation)

Finally, some Christians are not being allowed to use their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against other people.  In the past, some Christians were allowed to use their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against African-American (or Black) people, against homosexual people, and even against mentally-handicapped people.  Some (self-described) Christians have attempted to use their religious beliefs as a justification for pedophilia and child abuse (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).  Today, these sorts of discrimination are becoming less common and laws have been enacted and are being enacted to protect people.

Here is an excellent article which explains how Christianity has been distorted to justify a sense of entitlement which leads to illegal behavior:
Wrong Church Teaching May Cost Grandmother Her Home

Sadly, the myth of persecution is insulting to those vast numbers who truly suffer for their beliefs with discrimination, disenfranchisement, threats of bodily harm, rape, torture and even death.    The myth of persecution in America trivializes the concept of persecution.  Just ask an Iraqi Christian.

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