Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seven out of ten people live in countries with "High" restrictions on religious freedom

The majority of the people in the world – seven in 10 – live in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom, according to a recently released Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report.

The report found that the most restrictive region on both government and social restrictions is the Middle East/North Africa. The Americas are the least restrictive on both measures with  Brazil and the US having  low scores on religious freedom restrictions. Italy, South Africa, Japan, and Britain scored low as well.

On the other end, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Indonesia ranked among the highest in terms of religious restriction.

Here is an article on the subject from The Christian Science Monitor, and here is a PDF File of Report itself.