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Which religion is the most heavily persecuted?

The Pew Research Center publishes an annual report on Global Religious Restrictions. They compile public opinion polling, demographics, media analysis, and social science research to determine the level of government restrictions and social hostilities to religious groups internationally. Their 2019 report compiled data from 2007 to 2017 noting two trends, there are been a marked increase in religious persecution globally, and that most of this is aimed at Christian communities. Likewise a report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) found that Christians were most at risk of maltreatment based on their religion and this trend was increasing. These reports have spawned similar claims by public figures such as Angela Merkle and the Prince of Wales, as well as numerous media organisations, but do these reports actually back up these claims? With the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Muslims in China and Burma, is the situation more nuanced? Can a think-tank or council, no matter how well intentioned, actually measure and compare persecution accurately? With all this in mind what really is the most persecuted religion in the world, if there is one? pewforum.org/2019/07/15/a-closer-look-at-how-religious-restrictions-have-risen-around-the-world/#government-restrictions-categories pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/09/christians-faced-widespread-harassment-in-2015-but-mostly-in-christian-majority-countries uscirf.gov/sites/default/files/2019USCIRFAnnualReport.pdf chick.com/battle-cry/article?id=German-Chancellor-Declares-Christians-Most-Persecuted bbc.com/news/uk-48146305
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It is too hard to compare and quantify

There are regional abuses of minor religions that go far beyond what most would imagine, are they less significant because they represent such a small minority of people? Surely severity should matter more than quantity, and if so how can we quantify persecution? In the research conducted by the Pew Centre Christians and Muslims are the most populous religions so therefore are the most persecuted by number, just from sheer number alone, but this doesn't detract from all other religious persecution. The Pew Centre even directly responds to this in their report stating that their research "does not attempt to estimate the number of victims in each country... it does not speak to the intensity of harassment" [1]. According to religious persecution expert Klaus Wetzel, no religious group is free from persecution and the picture is bleak for minority and majority religious groups around the world, with some of the most populous countries having the harshest policies against certain or sometimes all religious groups.

friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/07/22/are-christians-really-the-most-persecuted-religious-group-in-the-world pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/09/christians-faced-widespread-harassment-in-2015-but-mostly-in-christian-majority-countries [1] slife.org/religious-persecution

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Atheists are the most at risk group

Atheists have faced the longest most aggressive persecution in history, and it is still punishable by death in 13 countries to this day. However even in relatively open or secular societies atheists face stigma and discrimination that can affect their work, education, marriage prospects, and familial relations, while even limiting their ability to enter into politics in most countries. Furthermore some countries without direct laws aimed at atheist still retain harsh and regressive blasphemy laws that literally can punish atheists just for stating their honest opinions, for example Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Malta. This maltreatment is much more harsh and pervasive than anything faced by any religious group around the world.

bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50492808 reuters.com/article/us-religion-atheists/atheists-face-death-in-13-countries-global-discrimination-study-idUSBRE9B900G20131210 huffpost.com/entry/atheist-discrimination-humanist-association_n_5531296 upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/05/11/Survey-Atheists-face-discrimination-rejection-in-many-areas-of-life/2081589218869 religionnews.com/2020/05/04/new-report-finds-nonreligious-people-face-stigma-and-discrimination

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