ON-Lion Letter
In late September, the Center for Religious Freedom (CRF) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., will release its book-length Religious Freedom in the World 2007:  The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties.  Edited by Hudson senior fellow Paul Marshall, the report describes and analyzes the state of religious freedom in more than 100 countries and territories, including where it is most violated.

Religious Freedom in the World 2007 ranks these jurisdictions comparatively, includes scores and charts of freedom, details world trends, and correlates religious freedom with measures of economic freedom, social well-being, civil liberties, and political rights.  In July, CRF and Marshall released some of the survey's initial findings.

"If you take the worst 30 countries in terms of economic freedom, every one scored low with religious freedom.  The top 30 countries all scored high," Marshall told
Christianity Today
magazine's Collin Hansen.

"Why is that?" Marshall continued.  "We see two connections.  First, wealth could help religious freedom.  But we also believe that religious freedom helps general health, well-being, and wealth broadly understood."

Marshall is the author and editor of over 20 books on religion and politics, especially religious freedom.  His most-recent book is Radical Islam's Rules:  The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Shari'a Law.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CRF.  The center is directed by Hudson senior fellow Nina Shea, who is also vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
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