Monday, April 30, 2012

U.S. Found 'Moderately' Hostile to Practice of Religion

Nations with high levels of hostility to religion, as measured by the Pew Foundation. By the same measures, the U.S. was found to be moderately hostile to practice of religious beliefs.

A study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that hostility toward religion is growing across the globe, and that practicing a religious belief has become increasingly difficult in more than 23 countries. Religious liberty language is in the constitutions of all 198 countries and in the basic laws of 143 countries. Yet, 111 countries -- or 56 percent -- have statements in their constitutions or basic laws that contradict religious freedom. The study placed the United States in the group of nations with “moderate” hostility to the practice of religious beliefs.

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