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Arab Spring brings greater restrictions on religion

June 20, 2013

The fallout from the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings has contributed to a sharp increase in restrictions on religion worldwide, the Pew Forum reports.

Stricter government regulation of religious affairs and popular hostility to religion have risen most notably in the Islamic countries that saw the ‘Arab Spring’ protests.

The Pew study found a rise in the number of countries where religion is restricted, and also in the percentage of the world’s people living in such countries. This attributable to the fact that many countries that saw rising hostility to faith are among the world’s most populous nations, including China, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Egypt.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 20, 2013 6:24 PM ET USA

    Q.E.D. How many times must it be repeated that Islam is not only the enemy of reason and the secular West, but the deadliest enemy Catholicism has ever faced? How many Christians must those who hold Mohammed to be a prophet kill before we finally recognize this ideology (what it really is) to be the enemy of the Faith? How long before we stop treating is as just another religion among many? When will we realize at last that, conservative, moderate, or radical, Islam is deadly heretical poison?