Islamic and American Constitutions Give Hope For Religious Freedom

Source: The Muslim Times Source: The Muslim Times

A recent report from the Pew Research Center, a reputable American think tank, revealed some damning findings on the state of religious freedom around the world. According to the report, religious hostilities increased in 2012 in every major region of the world, with Muslims and Christians being oppressed in the largest number of countries. Pakistan, an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country, had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion, while Egypt, another predominantly Sunni Muslim country, had the highest level of government restrictions on religion. On the other hand, the US, a largely Christian populated country, was reported as having a “moderate” level of government restrictions on religion, which is troubling considering the country was founded upon the principle of religious freedom.

Developments such as these are worrisome because 55 percent of the world’s population is either Muslim or Christian. It is therefore imperative to…

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