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Report on Restrictions on Religion Worldwide

August 22nd, 2011
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Disturbing new report from Pew Foundation on the restrictions being placed on religious observance worldwide.

From the report:

The report, Rising Restrictions on Religion, by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, finds that restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose between mid-2006 and mid-2009 in 23 of the world’s 198 countries (12%), decreased in 12 countries (6%) and remained essentially unchanged in 163 countries (82%).

Because several countries with increasing restrictions on religion are very populous, however, the increases affect a much larger share of people than of states. More than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion – live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially over the three-year period studied

The full report is available here. Here is a graphic illustrating the problem:

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  1. August 22nd, 2011 at 17:36 | #1

    Although I’m not an evangelical any more and don’t believe in the “end times scenarios”…. I can’t help but think of the one world government and state sanctioned religion coming down the pike.

    The continual assault on Christianity both here and abroad; with the gutting of essential doctrine and violent persecutions leads you to believe we could very well be back in the catacombs before too much longer with pages of memorized scripture. The stage has been set and history does have a nasty habit of repeating itself when societies don’t remember.

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