According to the Pew Research Center, government restrictions on religion have increased 87.5 percent from 2009 to 2012, and negative social attitudes toward religion have gone up 26 percent in the same time frame.

Religious leaders say more people are self-identifying as agnostic and atheist under religious restrictions imposed by the Obama administration.

Pope Francis also raised a lot of eyebrows in 2013 after saying all people who do good works, including atheists, are going to heaven if they simply “followed their consciences.”

Update: I had some readers over on google plus ask how Pew could be so precise in their percentages when studying such a broad topic with little to no measurable criteria. I found the following video which claims to provide an answer:


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