Intolerance toward Christians appears to be on the rise in the West. One very dangerous symptom of this upward trend is government officials and entities targeting Christian churches, organizations, and individuals for prosecution or punishment based on their religious beliefs.
Family Research Council analyzed open-source documents, reports, and media outlets to identify religious freedom violations perpetrated by Western governments against Christian individuals, organizations, and churches in 34 countries. Between January 2020 and December 2023, we identified 168 incidents across 16 countries.
This report is not exhaustive, but it offers valuable insights into the diverse ways Western governments—which ought to be the standard bearers for upholding freedom of religion and expression—are undermining the fundamental human right to religious freedom.