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3 years ago  ::  Aug 09, 2011 - 11:32AM #1
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A disturbing trend


Report shows rise in restrictions on religion


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WASHINGTON  - Nearly a third of the world's population lives in countries where it  is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private US  research group reported on Tuesday.

The Pew Research Center's  Forum on Religion and Public Life said government restrictions and  public hostility involving religion grew in some of the most populous  countries from mid-2006 to mid-2009.

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The countries most restrictive or hostile toward certain religions  included India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran, China, Myanmar,  Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Nigeria and Bangladesh -- although most of  these did not show much change in the three years.

Christians and Muslims, the world's two largest religious groups, were  harassed in the most countries. Other religions also saw harassment, but  Jews, who make up less than one percent of the world's population, saw  restrictions or harassment in 75 countries.

In five European countries -- Britain, Denmark, Russia, Sweden and  Bulgaria - religious tension focused on the rapidly growing Muslim  population, but there was some rising anti-Semitism and antagonism toward  minorities such as Jehovah's Witnesses. 


full article:
www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx...

Full Pew Report HERE
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 17, 2011 - 3:37AM #2
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 17, 2011 - 5:34AM #3
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> The countries most restrictive or hostile toward certain religions  included India


Situation in India is bad for the Hindu majority since long time ago. The government, laws and media side with Muslims and Christians. Sometimes it's too much, like in Orissa. See book "ORISSA in the CROSSFIRE-Kandhamal Burning"  www.lulu.com/product/paperback/orissa-in...

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 17, 2011 - 12:39PM #4
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"Situation in India is bad for the Hindu majority since long time ago"


Interestingly, some Christians claim the same thing for Christianity here in the US.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 17, 2011 - 8:50PM #5
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Aug 17, 2011 -- 12:39PM, wohali wrote:


"Situation in India is bad for the Hindu majority since long time ago"


Interestingly, some Christians claim the same thing for Christianity here in the US.





Persecution complex?

Dark Energy. It can be found in the observable Universe. Found in ratios of 75% more than any other substance. Dark Energy. It can be found in religious extremists, in cheerleaders. To come to the conclusion that Dark signifies mean and malevolent would define 75% of the Universe as an evil force. Alternatively, to think that some cheerleaders don't have razors in their snatch is to be foolishly unarmed.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 17, 2011 - 10:34PM #6
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Aug 17, 2011 -- 8:50PM, Sacrificialgoddess wrote:


Aug 17, 2011 -- 12:39PM, wohali wrote:


"Situation in India is bad for the Hindu majority since long time ago"


Interestingly, some Christians claim the same thing for Christianity here in the US.





Persecution complex?





It is built into the Christian mindset.

Truth in our hearts, Strength in our arms, Fulfillment in our tongues.
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 18, 2011 - 11:34AM #7
Jm8
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Christians in US can still manage their own Churches themselves, their Church donations aren't used for anti-Church purposes, aren't targeted by foreign missionary groups etc. Common with Hindus is e.g. their restricted access to mainstream media which has both in India and in US religion-unfriendly agenda.

Hope this helps. Hare Krsna
Your servant, bh. Jan

www.vrindavan-dham.com
www.veda.harekrsna.cz

dvaitaM bandhAya mokSAt prAk prApte bodhe manISayA
bhaktyarthaM kalpitam dvaitaM advaitAd api sundaram

"Duality is bondage before moksa and wisdom after realization. The duality accepted for the purpose of bhakti is sweeter than even non-duality." (from mangalacarana to Advaitasiddhi sara sangraha by Madhusudana Sarasvati, former advaitin)

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 18, 2011 - 11:45AM #8
wohali
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Indeed, it seems whenever a religious majority can no longer control minorities the majority is being "persecuted"............

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 18, 2011 - 12:02PM #9
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Aug 18, 2011 -- 11:45AM, wohali wrote:


Indeed, it seems whenever a religious majority can no longer control minorities the majority is being "persecuted"............




i've noticed,  that,  too

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. Aristotle
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 18, 2011 - 6:31PM #10
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Aug 18, 2011 -- 11:34AM, Jm8 wrote:


Christians in US can still manage their own Churches themselves, their Church donations aren't used for anti-Church purposes, aren't targeted by foreign missionary groups etc. Common with Hindus is e.g. their restricted access to mainstream media which has both in India and in US religion-unfriendly agenda.





Excuse me?  There are whole freaking tv stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, yada yada yada devoted to religion.  They get market shares.  They are a part of the so-called "main stream" media you rant and rave against.  Just because the secular media points out the faults of the religioso, doesn't mean anyone is persecuted. 


 


Just as a reminder, and would somebody put this up for me?  Still having problems posting pics:


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