Report: almost half world not allowed to worship as they choose

Thursday, May 2, 2019
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

ISIS orange jumpsuits genocideIt's a freedom many people in the West enjoy --- freedom of religion --- but in many other countries not so much.

Forty percent of the world's countries enforce apostasy, blasphemy, and anti-conversion laws according to a new report from Family Research Council.

"They're all restrictions in how we understand religious freedom, meaning the freedom to choose your faith and live out that faith, and that includes the right to change your faith," said Travis Weber, director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty during an interview on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins."

Apostasy is an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith.

Blasphemy laws say you cannot insult religion while anti-conversion laws prevent someone from converting or leading another individual to a different religion or faith practice

"These are numbers that show a significant portion of the world's population living under regimes that do not respect religious freedom," Weber said about the 40 percent figure. "We want people to read about these situations around the world and the people they affect."

The report is available for free through the FRC website.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What did President Trump gain by speaking, in person, at the 2020 March for Life?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey
China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital
3 Americans killed in Australia all had military backgrounds
California OKs highly questioned LA County voting system
Keuchel apologizes for 2017 Astros' sign-stealing scandal
Thousands cheer as Trump promises to defend the unborn
California threatened with funds loss over abortion coverage

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Nadler calls Trump a 'dictator' as Dems wrap opening arguments in Senate impeachment trial
Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial
Now in Times Square: Biden's boast of Ukraine quid-quo-pro
Low ratings for the Democrats' latest farce
Philosophy journal refuses to retract paper defending research on race and intelligence

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Poor Christians pay high price in fraudulent 'matchmaking'

Young Pakistani bride to ChinaChristians families in Pakistan are looking to the government to stop shipping their girls to China where many wind up being trafficked in the sex trade.