How common is religious freedom?

Not very. The Christian Telegraph reports on a Pew Forum study that found that 70% of the world’s population is subject to restrictions on their religion.

UPDATE: For the full report, go here.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Not a whole lot of detail in that report. I kind of wonder what they consider to be restrictions, where the strictest restrictions are etc. I have my thoughts on the matter, but it would still be nice to have some reporting. That 70% of the world’s population is subject to restrictions on their religion is not really news to those of us who have traveled a little.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Not a whole lot of detail in that report. I kind of wonder what they consider to be restrictions, where the strictest restrictions are etc. I have my thoughts on the matter, but it would still be nice to have some reporting. That 70% of the world’s population is subject to restrictions on their religion is not really news to those of us who have traveled a little.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    The tag list on that Christian Telegraph “article” was almost as long as the article itself. Better to link to the actual Pew Forum study.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    The tag list on that Christian Telegraph “article” was almost as long as the article itself. Better to link to the actual Pew Forum study.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Thanks tODD,
    I went to it and found this: “Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and India stand out as having the most restrictions when both measures are taken into account, while Brazil, Japan, the United States, Italy, South Africa and the United Kingdom have the least.”
    Not much of a surprise there. But curious that Italy is among those with the least restrictions, and yet finds itself in the news for displaying crucifixes in court rooms and schools as a violation of religious freedom.
    I noticed that the kangaroo court that convicted whats her name of murder a couple weeks hadn’t yet removed theirs to be in accord with the EU rulings.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Thanks tODD,
    I went to it and found this: “Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and India stand out as having the most restrictions when both measures are taken into account, while Brazil, Japan, the United States, Italy, South Africa and the United Kingdom have the least.”
    Not much of a surprise there. But curious that Italy is among those with the least restrictions, and yet finds itself in the news for displaying crucifixes in court rooms and schools as a violation of religious freedom.
    I noticed that the kangaroo court that convicted whats her name of murder a couple weeks hadn’t yet removed theirs to be in accord with the EU rulings.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    And China constitutes about a fourth of the world’s population, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    And China constitutes about a fourth of the world’s population, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Yes, but evidently they rank somewhere in between those countries with the most restrictions and the leas restrictions. The article does mention them, saying the government has particularly strong laws regulating religion, but the people themselves seem to not care much what the other person believes.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Yes, but evidently they rank somewhere in between those countries with the most restrictions and the leas restrictions. The article does mention them, saying the government has particularly strong laws regulating religion, but the people themselves seem to not care much what the other person believes.

  • wayne .pelling

    if you want a reallygood picture about religious freedomsor the lack of them,the Barnabas Fund is agood reference point

    http://www.barnabasfund.org.

  • wayne .pelling

    if you want a reallygood picture about religious freedomsor the lack of them,the Barnabas Fund is agood reference point

    http://www.barnabasfund.org.

  • dave

    I don’t understand why Dr. Veith, who is an academic, links to secondary rather than primary sources when talking about them –and he does it somewhat frequently.

    And it’s not that Veith is commenting on something the secondary source actually said about the primary source.

  • dave

    I don’t understand why Dr. Veith, who is an academic, links to secondary rather than primary sources when talking about them –and he does it somewhat frequently.

    And it’s not that Veith is commenting on something the secondary source actually said about the primary source.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Dave, the word “blog” comes from “web log,” which was originally just a list of interesting things a person has found on the internet. That’s pretty much the way I still use it. The Christian Telegraph item was what I found, so that’s what I linked to. I don’t have time to research down to the primary sources everything I post here. Academic writing is different in its very nature from blogging. But OK, I updated the post to give the link to the Pew Research report.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Dave, the word “blog” comes from “web log,” which was originally just a list of interesting things a person has found on the internet. That’s pretty much the way I still use it. The Christian Telegraph item was what I found, so that’s what I linked to. I don’t have time to research down to the primary sources everything I post here. Academic writing is different in its very nature from blogging. But OK, I updated the post to give the link to the Pew Research report.


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