The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids laws establishing religion or impeding the free exercise of religion. But that doesn’t mean governments in the U.S. – whether federal, state or local – do not place any restrictions on religious activity.

Indeed, according to a recent Pew Research Center study – the sixth annual report in a series – the U.S. has moderate levels of both restrictions on religion and social hostilities toward religious groups, ranking somewhere in the middle range of the nearly 200 countries analyzed in the report.

For instance, the U.S. has more extensive restrictions and social hostilities than its northern neighbor, Canada, as well as many other countries in the Americas, according to the 2013 data. But it has a lower level of government restrictions than Mexico as well as some countries in Western Europe, including Italy and Germany.

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One Response to How the U.S. compares with the rest of the world on religious restrictions

  1. Joseph Beaumont says:

    I am surprised to read that the United States has more restrictions on religious practices than Canada. I know some pastors in Canada have been arrested for preaching from the Biblical texts that condemn homosexuality. Perhaps this has also happened in the United States ,and many have not heard about it since it is something the mainstream media may not report. If it has not happened in the United States, it is probably only a matter of time.