Freedom of Religion for All or Few?

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  • blondie

    March 19, 2015 10:05AM

    Religious Persecution: First Freedom Remains Under Global Siege

    By Doug Bandow

    Americans take religious liberty for granted. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully.

    The Pew Research Center, with Peter Henne as lead researcher, recently issued its latest study on religious liberty. The report makes for a sad read.

    In some nations governments suppress the faithful. In other countries people make their societies unfriendly to minority beliefs, imposing a wide range of less formal sanctions, including murder.

    The overall global environment to religious faith is hostile. Concluded the study: “restrictions on religion were high or very high in 39 percent of countries. Because some of these countries (like China and India) are very populous, about 5.5 billion people (77 percent of the world’s population) were living in countries with a high or very high overall level of restrictions on religion in 2013, up from 76 percent in 2012 and 68 percent as of 2007.”

    Christians and Muslims, who make up the largest share of the world’s population, are the most widely harassed faiths (in 102 and 99 countries, respectively)—in both cases, ironically, far more grievously in Muslim than Christian nations.

    But particularly worrisome has been the increase in anti-Semitism. Noted Pew: “there has been a marked increase in the number of countries where Jews were harassed,” to 77, a recent peak. The problem is more social than government, and is evident in 34 of 45 European nations....Continues

  • Mad Irishman
    Mad Irishman
    Socialist and communist countries are tampering down on any religion that is not the majority of voters (see Russia for example) in order to win big blocks of votes. In European countries non-mainstream religions are under the microscope. And in Islamic countries non-Muslims religions are in big trouble as radical religious nuts seem to be growing in most countries--it doesn't matter what religion they are. They don't want all the other religions to have any freedoms.
  • Perry

    Interesting data.

    Man's natural bent is hostility toward God:

    because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, - Romans 8: 7

  • Vidiot

    Perry - "Man's natural bent is hostility toward God..."

    More like hostility towards people who insist that their God is better.

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