|Crusades Battle (PD)|
Those who think that widespread religious conflict is as passe as the Crusades are in for an unpleasant surprise.
UPI recently reported that such conflict appears to be internationally on the rise with "hostility high in one-third of all countries."
This conclusion stems from a report issued by the Pew Research Center,
which stipulated that "76 percent of the world's population live in countries
where restrictions on religious practice are high or very high."
According to this research, the level of overall religious hostility rose almost 10 percent between 2007 and 2011. The greatest increases were found in the Middle East and in East Asia. The "highest level of [noted] restrictions" occurred in Pakistan, and the "highest level of [noted] conflict" in Egypt.
Copyright January 15, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved