Religion Jan. 15, 2013

As More Countries Regulate Wearing of Religious Symbols, European Court Decides Two UK Cases

The European Court of Human Rights today announced decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the wearing of religious symbols. A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that regulation of religious attire has increased around the world.

Pew Research Center Jan. 14, 2013

As Religious Restrictions Rise, European Court To Decide Cases Involving Religious Symbols

On Tuesday (January 15), the European Court of Human Rights is scheduled to announce decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the United Kingdom. Two complaints claim British law inadequately protects employees’ right to display symbols of their religion in the workplace. The cases involve a British Airways employee and a nurse in […]

Global Dec. 20, 2012

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducted public opinion surveys in 21 countries in over 30 languages in 2012. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also conducted major studies on public opinion, demography and restrictions on religion around the world. Here are our top findings from 2012.

Religion Nov. 21, 2012

Many Countries Penalize Blasphemy, Apostasy and Defamation of Religion

As of 2011 nearly half of the countries and territories in the world (47%) have laws or policies that penalize blasphemy, apostasy or religious defamation.

Religion Sep. 20, 2012

Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

Three-quarters of the world’s approximately 7 billion people now live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, up from 70% a year earlier.

U.S. Politics Aug. 1, 2012

Catholics Share Bishops’ Concerns about Religious Liberty

Catholics who are aware of U.S. bishops’ concerns about restrictions on religious liberty generally agree with the bishops’ concerns, according to a new report. Yet there are no significant differences in presidential vote preferences between Catholic voters who have heard and those who have not heard about the bishops’ protests against government policies they see as restrictive of religious liberty.

Religion Aug. 9, 2011

Rising Restrictions on Religion

More than 2.2 billion people — nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion — live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and mid-2009.

Religion Mar. 31, 2011

Churches in Court

American religious institutions have been at the center of many legal controversies in recent years. These and related lawsuits raise complex constitutional questions that have been troubling American courts for more than a century. Are legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts, and if so, how?

Religion Nov. 4, 2010

Indonesia’s Place Along the Spectrum of Global Religious Restriction

Indonesia, where President Barack Obama will visit this month and where he spent part of his childhood, is among those countries of the globe where such restrictions and hostilities are highest.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Global Restrictions on Religion

Since some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with severe restrictions on religion.