Interesting stuff:

Political scientists have for years gathered data to measure how free and democratic the nations of the world are. The two most common data sets are Polity and Freedom House. Of those two, the most readily accessible and easy to work with is Freedom House. Since 1972 they have been publishing annual reports on freedom in every country and significant territory on the world, measuring them on civil and political freedoms and using the same basic criteria from year to year. Their ratings on civil and political freedoms work on a scale of 1-7, with 1 being most free and 7 being least free. The numbers on each country represent civil and political freedoms. A combined average rating of 2.5 or better earns a country a “free” rating, and that country is counted as a liberal democracy. A combined average rating of between 3 and 5.5 is “partly free” and is counted as an electoral democracy, much akin to America or the United Kingdom in the 19th century.

And Dean sums up the results perfectly.

This is not to say that the Islamic world doesn’t have a problem. It does. Any religion dominated by Saudi Arabia and Iran most certainly has a problem. But this is a problem that muslims, and the entire world, need to address. We’re fools if we just shrug and say, “well, that’s muslims for you” whenever human rights are trampled and human lives wasted.

See the results for yourself over at Dean’s World.

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