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Religion can uplift and stir the spirit, there is nothing quite like it. It can also toss the spirit into darkeness and sink the spirit, when it goes wrong, again there nothing quite like it.

In this section I am giving examples of religious persecution. It seems to happened to all faiths. It often happens at the hands of people of another faith. There is nothing quite like it.

This intolerance starts young. About a quarter of youths have been bullied because if their faith. 23% said they been bullied because of their faith. 9% said they had been singled out for wearing religious symbols. Emma-Jane Cross Chief executive of Beatbullying an anti bullying group said schools were cultivating "at best a lack of understanding and at worst a lack of tolerance of other faiths"(1 ).

It might be helpful to find out how do people view their God. A 2006 Pew survey found people identify with one of four types of god.
"A is the authoritarian god, worshiped by 31.4 percent of respondents. This deity is highly involved, responsible for earthly events such as tsunamis or economic upturns and "capable of meting out punishment to those who are unfaithful or ungodly."
B is the benevolent god, the choice of 23 percent of respondents. He also is involved in human affairs but isn't in the smiting business. This god is "mainly a force of positive influence in the world and is less willing to condemn or punish individuals."
C is the critical god, who "really does not interact with the world." But believers in this god -- 16 percent of the sample -- still watch their Ps and Qs because god C "views the current state of the world unfavorably" and will punish evildoers "in another life."
Last but not least is D, the distant god, and 24 percent of respondents endorsed this version of the deity, "a cosmic force which set the laws of nature in motion" but has no interest in human activities." (2 ).

According to survey the higher a countries religious population the less tolerance they seem to have for minorities. The survey was done by Gallup and covered 139 countries between 2006 and 20082(3 ) . This seems to be Contrary to many if not most religious teachings.

A yearly report in 2009 by the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom listed 13 countries that have seriously violated religious liberty they are Burma, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Their watch list has Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela (4 ).

A watchdog organization Minority Rights Group International rank Pakistan in 2007 as the country that showed the worst increase for threats against minorities. In Pakistan Christians are so frighten that are applying to by weapons. Hindu are also in danger extremist set fire to a Hindu temple and destroy several Hindu shops. A Hindu man was killed by a fellow worker when he was accused of insulting Islam. Even Shiite Muslims have been attacked since the Taliban embraced a violently anti-Shiite group, Lashkar-e-Janghvi. More than five hundred Shiite Muslims have killed(5 ).

Faith specific persecution /violence

Muslims

Christian

Jewish

Hindu

Buddhism

misc religions

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