Rising Restrictions on Religion – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Ecumenism, Ethics, Inter-faith, Society
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Rising Restrictions on Religion – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

This report makes for sober reading – it shows that restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose between mid-2006 and mid-2009 in 23 of the world’s 198 countries.

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.

Statistics like this provide a salutary reminder of the value and necessity of inter-faith dialogue, activity and understanding.

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