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Religious Freedom in the World 2007—New Survey Released by the Hudson Institute

by Joan Frawley Desmond

A “truncated view” of religious freedom ignores the essential role “spiritual capital” plays in nurturing a free society, and leads some governments to offer a false choice between economic development and religious tolerance, said Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, speaking at a conference last summer announcing the initial findings of the center’s report, Religious Freedom in the World 2007, to be published next year.

The tendency of some Westerners and third-world dictators to dismiss freedom of worship as an ethnocentric “quasi-luxury” poor countries can ill afford ignores . . .

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Joan Frawley Desmond is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family.

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