A World of Intolerance

People gather near the damaged Shalom Church after deadly bombing in 2012 in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna. (CNS photo/Stringer via Reuters)

A Pew Research Center study issued on Jan. 14 shows another increase in hostility toward religion by most of the world’s 198 nations. The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostility involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, the study said. The number of nations showing hostility toward Christians rose from 106 to 110, according to the study. “Overall, across the six years of this study, religious groups were harassed in a total of 185 countries at one time or another,” the study said. “Members of the world’s two largest religious groups—Christians and Muslims, who together comprise more than half of the global population—were harassed in the largest number of countries, 151 and 135, respectively.” On a scale of hostile incidents involving religion, the Middle East-North Africa region had a score of 6.4 out of 10, more than twice that of the next-most-hostile region. The Americas had the lowest score, at 0.4. The United States received its third straight year of “moderate” for both government restrictions on religion and social hostility toward religion.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
Walter Sandell
5 years 1 month ago
The animosity between religions and within religious groups is the source of much of this violence.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The latest from america

The latest survey, conducted in January, found that 44 percent of white Catholics approve of President Trump’s job performance.
Today and everyday we are invited to pray with the psalmist.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, distributes ashes on Ash Wednesday at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston March 6, 2019. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)
It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for several days.
Catholic News ServiceMarch 17, 2019
The new web series “Sunday to Sunday” identifies a series of case studies about preaching by listening to preachers in their own words and hearing samples of their efforts.  
Mike RussoMarch 16, 2019