Radio release–The Politics of Faith: The Role of Religion in Divided SocietiesSubmitted by admin on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 15:30
(Washington DC – November 1, 2011) In a world that seems increasingly secular, the role of religion remains surprisingly strong. Across the globe, nearly nine out of 10 people say they have some affiliation with religion. Yet, at the same time, conflicts because of religion are on the rise.
“People value the ability to practice their own religion more highly than they do the ability of others in their country to practice their religion. So you could call that somewhat of a religious intolerance gap.”
–Brian Grim, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life
Nearly a third of the world's population faces restrictions on how they worship, risking arrest, imprisonment or even death. This month, we head to Egypt, Malaysia, China and Russia to examine the religious undercurrents that are sharpening societal divides.