Restrictions on religion rise across the globe, including in the U.S.

by | Sep. 20, 2012

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Restrictions on religious liberty around the world increased markedly from 2009-2010 as countries with historically low levels of restrictions against religion, such as the United States, climbed to moderate levels during the same period, a new study found.

The annual survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found 75 percent of the world's population lived in countries where religious restrictions were high in 2010, compared to 70 percent the year before and 68 percent in 2007, when Pew reported its first global survey on religious restrictions.

"That represents hundreds of millions of people who weren't living under those conditions the year before," said Brian Grim, senior researcher for the study, "Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion," released Thursday.

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