Pew Reports Christians Most Persecuted Faith in the World

Egyptians gather by a Coptic church bombed on a Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, in April 2017, during the scope of the Pew study on rising persecution. But government restrictions on religion have also increased in democracies: Overall, Europe saw the biggest increase in restrictions, with its score doubling over the decade of the study. (Reuters photo)

The Christian Post – Government restrictions on religion have increased across the globe — and Christians and Muslims are persecuted in more countries than any other religious group, Pew Research Center has found. 

Pew’s report, “A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World,” covered a 10-year span from 2007 to 2017, and studied 198 countries. The study, released Monday, reveals Christians are the most-harassed religious group in the world, facing persecution in 143 countries.

Muslims are not far behind, with reports of religious persecution in 140 countries in 2017. Jews, the third-most targeted group, were persecuted in 87 countries.

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