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Pew Research CenterAugust 9, 2011

Rising Restrictions on Religion – One-third of the world’s population experiences an increase

Restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose in 23 of the world’s 198 countries (12%), decreased in 12 countries (6%) and remained essentially unchanged in 163 countries (82%) between mid-2006 and mid-2009, a new Pew Forum report shows. More than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population – live in the 23 countries with increasing government restrictions or social hostilities involving religion.

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Pew Research CenterMarch 31, 2011

Churches in Court

Whenever churches or religious organizations find themselves involved in civil litigation, courts first must determine whether the First Amendment’s religion clauses bestow a unique legal status on religious organizations that puts some of their decisions and actions beyond the reach of civil laws.

Pew Research CenterMarch 31, 2011

Religion and the Courts: The Pillars of Church-State Law

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Pew Research CenterJanuary 5, 2011

Faith on the Hill – The Religious Composition of the 112th Congress

The political overhaul of the U.S. Congress after the 2010 elections appears to have had little effect on the religious composition of the legislative body, which is similar to the religious makeup of the previous Congress and of the nation, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum.

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Pew Research CenterNovember 4, 2010

Indonesia’s Place Along the Spectrum of Global Religious Restriction

This analysis draws upon testimony on U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy: the Outlook for 2010, before the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, Feb. 3, 2010.

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Pew Research CenterOctober 19, 2010

In Brief: Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn and Arizona Department of Revenue v. Winn

On Nov. 3, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of related cases involving a constitutional challenge to an Arizona tax policy aimed at providing scholarships for children to attend private – often religious – schools.

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Pew Research CenterJune 28, 2010

High Court Rules Against Campus Christian Group

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Pew Research CenterJune 3, 2010

Tensions Between Rights of Conscience and Civil Rights

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Pew Research CenterApril 28, 2010

High Court Decision in Salazar v. Buono

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Pew Research CenterApril 6, 2010

In Brief: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez