A new Pew Research Center study finds that seven of the ten countries with the worst grades for government restrictions on religion are Islamic states, as are eight out of the top 10 countries ranked for social hostility involving religion. This photo shows followers of radical Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr praying in Baghdad on Aug. 5, 2011. (AP Photo / Karim Kadim)
(CNSNews.com) – Muslim-majority countries score worst across a range of measures in a comprehensive new study tracking government restrictions on religion as well as social hostilities involving religion around the world.
The study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, released Tuesday, found that nearly one-third of the world’s population lives in countries where religion-related government restrictions or social hostilities rose significantly between mid-2006 and mid-2009.
Geographically, the Middle East/North Africa region boasted the largest proportion of countries – 30 percent – where official restrictions on religion increased over that three-year period.