Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion
1. Number of countries with very high restrictions and hostilities went down in 2014
2. Harassment of specific religious groups: Christians and Muslims were harassed in the most countries in 2014
3. Middle East-North Africa was region with highest restrictions and hostilities in 2014
4. Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2014 were in Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey
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Religion in Everyday Life
A new Pew Research Center study of the ways religion influences the daily lives of Americans finds that people who are highly religious are more engaged with their extended families, more likely to volunteer, more involved in their communities and generally happier with the way things are going in their lives.