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While the latest Pew Research Center study confirms what many advocates for persecuted Christians around the world already know - that hostility towards believers is on the rise - the report also finds that harassment of Muslims was nearly on the same level.
The latest study reveals that in 2016, Christian groups were harassed in 144 nations, up from 128 the year before.
This is the ninth annual study conducted by Pew, which reports that China leads the world in government-sponsored restrictions on religious faith, while India leads in social hostilities.
Faith McDonnell, with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, says this is helpful information because Pew is a reputable organization and people are likely to dismiss Christian claims of persecution.
"So it's good," she says, "to have a secular group that studies these restrictions on religion."
Meanwhile, the research also shows that Muslims were a close second, harassed in 142 countries in 2016.
McDonnell tells OneNewsNow it would be interesting to delve deep to see if the type of persecutions and hostilities described are the same across the board.
"We know that there are more Christians persecuted for their faith than any other religious group in the world," she says. "And I would like to know if it's not just more in terms of numbers but whether the persecution itself, and the restrictions on religion, are of a different flavor than of some other groups."
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