The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Religious freedom

A Pew Research Center report, “Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High,” looks at which of nearly 200 countries and territories were the most repressive when it comes to religious matters. Nearly 30 percent of the nations studied (with 64 percent of the world’s population) had high or very high levels of government restrictions on religion. The top 20, in order of ranking are Egypt, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Maldives, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Russia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Brunei, Morocco and Sudan. Researchers said North Korea was missing from the list because they lacked the data needed for quantitative study since the country is “effectively closed to outsiders.”


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