24% of U.S. adults overall say their faith has become stronger because of the coronavirus pandemic; just 2% say their faith has become weaker.
Only 10 states are preventing in-person religious gatherings in any form, according to our analysis of recent state-level regulations.
The religiously unaffiliated were harassed by governments, private groups or both in 23 countries in 2017, up from 14 the previous year.
In addition to government actions, there also was a dramatic increase in Europe in some measures of social hostility to religion.
The Center's tenth report on religious restrictions around the world focuses on trends in restrictions from 2007 to 2017.
Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion - laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices - increased markedly around the world.
In 2017, among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia had the most restrictions on religion, while Japan, South Korea, South Africa, the Philippines and Brazil had the fewest restrictions. Click play to see how restrictions have changed in each country since 2007. Read the full report.
Almost all New Zealanders said in a 2011-2012 survey that they would accept a neighbor of a different religion.
In 2016, seven nations – Turkey, Brunei, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Niger and Tunisia – directly used emergency laws to restrict religion, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual religious restrictions study. While a number of different religious groups were targeted, these laws imposed restrictions on Muslims more than any other group.
While the Chinese government asserts that it protects religious freedom, a series of annual Pew Research Center reports on religious restrictions around the globe have detailed government efforts aimed at maintaining strict control over religious beliefs and practices in the country. Two recent events have brought this into focus: China’s agreement with the Vatican on […]