February 3, 2014

A Pew Research Center study issued Jan. 14 shows another increase in hostility toward religion by most of the world’s 198 nations.

The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, the study said.

The share of countries with a high or very high level of government restrictions on religion, though, stayed roughly the same in 2012, the year reviewed.

The number of nations showing hostilities toward Christians rose from 106 to 110, according to the study.

Christians have been the subject of religious hostility in more nations than any other group.

But those countries showing hostilities toward Muslims jumped from 101 to 109 in 2012.

In fact, hostilities toward Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and folk religionists were all up from 2011 levels.