Totalitarian and authoritarian regimes
remain determined to control religious belief and practice. The result--inevitably--is
persecution. Other regimes are hostile to minority or unapproved religions.
Some tolerate, and thereby encourage, persecution or discrimination. Although
acts of violence against religious minorities may have several causes--for
example, ethnicity, or a perceived security threat--multicausality does
not necessarily diminish the significance of religion.
Occasionally a nation's policy on religious