Restrictions on Religion among the 25 Most Populous Countries.
Contrary to what one might believe, the world in general is becoming less tolerant. As measured by Social Hostilities & Government Restrictions.
We want to be in the bottom left, you see Japan, Brazil in the "sweet spot" in 2007. The UK and the US are close to optimal as well. It might not surprise you that Pakistan is amongst the worst offenders, though Indonesia might be.
For me the picture on the right was quite heartbreaking. Everything seems to have moved up and to the right. More hostilities and restrictions across the board. Pakistan seems to be the world champion (though only because Saudi Arabia is a much smaller nation by population, having lived there I can vouch for government sponsored hostilities and restrictions on religion).
The UK has made a great leap forward. Sad one. The US is the beacon of hope in terms of hostilities, though marching forward on government restrictions.
Russia (this surprised me) might "win" for most progress for having jumped from slightly lower middle to top right. What is up with that?
Religion is personal. I believe in what I believe in. You believe in what you believe in. As long as you don't run around converting people (passively with honey or actively with a stick - both sadly sanctioned "in the name of God"), we are both going to be fine. There are many paths to take during this life, and after.
No government restrictions, based on the graphs, seems like an impossible goal, so I wish for as few of those as possible.
Zero social hostilities seems like a reasonable goal, so I also wish for that.
In the name of God, a plant, a light, a book, a person, the planets..... may peace be with you.
I've collated the two graphs below from a study by the magnificent folks at the Pew Forum. For all the data and a ton more fantastic context please visit: http://goo.gl/vEA05