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(RNS) Most of the world's population (76 percent), lives in countries with high levels of social and government restrictions on religion, according to a new Pew Research Center report.


  1. John Lennon said it so well in his song “Imagine”. Unfortunately for humans, as long as people believe in religion, we will never have peace.

    • Yes, if we can just get the religion out of the Chinese government, that will make life so much better for 1.3 billion people.

  2. Fascists! Unfreedom!
    Religion and fascism are always bedfellows.

    Know the enemy when you see it. It is religion.

  3. What, no mention of Obama’s attempts to take away religious freedom and add another 300 million to the total?

    • Because he isn’t.

      Religious liberty does not mean government condoning sectarian based bigotry nor does it mean compelling employees to follow the dictates of their employer’s attempts to violate labor laws using religion as an excuse.

      Religious freedom also means our laws don’t ever have to follow the decrees of your god or any others.

    • I agree with Atheist Max – religion is no friend of freedom.
      Thank goodness for the US Constitution and the separation of church and state.

      Still the only perfectly godless constitution in the world.

  4. You can blame “religion” but you cannot blame GOD…
    Deuteronomy 32:4-6
     4 The Rock, perfect is his activity,
    For all his ways are justice.
    A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice;
    Righteous and upright is he.
     5 They (mankind) have acted ruinously on their own part;
    They are not his children, the defect is their own.
    A generation crooked and twisted!
     6 Is it to Jehovah that YOU keep doing this way,
    O people stupid and not wise?
    Matthew 7:21-23 (Jesus says) 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of LAWLESSNESS. Notice Jesus says this to “religious people”…

    • No CMR, you cannot blame God.
      Just as you can’t blame Leprechauns or Bigfoot.
      Know why? Because it aint there in the first place.

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