Over 2.2 billion people – nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population – live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between 2006-2009. More than half of the world’s population (59%) lives with high government restrictions. Nearly half (48%) lives with high social hostilities (Europe had the largest proportion of countries in which social hostilities related to religion rose.) Perhaps most worryingly, a polarization may be emerging where countries with high governmental or societal hostilities continue to see increases while countries with low levels see declines.
I wonder how all this looks to the prince of peace.
See the August, 2011 report by the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life (you can also type this you’re your browser: http://pewforum.org/Government/Rising-Restrictions-on-Religion%282%29.aspx)