Restrictions on religious freedom are becoming more commonplace and more serve around the world, according to a new study by the Pew Forum.
The Pew study found that 75% of the world’s people live in countries where their religious freedom is curtailed either by government action or by popular hostility. The study also showed an upward trend in violations of religious freedom.
While only 37% of the world’s countries showed serious restrictions on religious freedom in a 2010 study, the Pew Forum reports, that number is substantially up from the 31% in 2009. Moreover, the countries with the most serious restrictions were also among the most populous.
The Pew survey found few nations moving toward greater freedom of religion, and many imposing new restrictions.